Are you building a new house? Or moving to a new one? If the answer is yes, you may already be thinking of what modular furniture to put or customized – and how everything should look like from the living room to the kitchen and maybe even the backyard.
In this case, let’s talk about your dream kitchen. It will always start with some rough idea in your head and a wish that it would just come to life without all the nitty-gritty. However, this will definitely not be the case. That will not be necessarily a bad thing as long as we have all the tools for planning.
Proper planning begins with taking the right measurements. Going down to the details will all be worth it once you turned that dream kitchen into a reality.
With this guide, we can help you get started right away:
- Prepare the needed tools: graph paper, straight edge, and tape measure
- Measure the distances between the following:
- Corners and doors
- Floor and ceiling
- Between Walls
- Windows -floor
- Window- ceiling
- Windows and the corners of the room
- Doors- floor
- Doors and the corners of the room
- If you’re moving in, there will likely be attachments to the ceiling, floors and walls such as wall fans, power outlets, etc. Note these as well.
- Lastly, take note of the positioning of drains, pipes, exhaust vents, etc.
By taking note of the spaces between anything and everything in the kitchen, you can better qualify things to put in the kitchen. If there’s too much space, you can throw in the bigger pieces you always wanted to get from the furniture store and vice versa if there isn’t much space.
The working space is another critical element to consider. Measuring everything down to the last millimeter helps you picture out the workstations – cooking area, storage, and washing. A clearer workflow can be established with these details in mind. Going into furniture specifications such as how many drawers or cabinets should be used, how big each one should be, where these should be positioned, or whether you should use modular cabinets or customized ones just makes will be rewarding when done right.
Guidelines For Modular Furniture Kitchen Stations
Now that you have a layout of the whole kitchen area, let’s get started on your workstations. Although you can really put a lot of creativity into these, it will help to note some standards when designing workstations.
These are best kept away from corners. Putting them too close together may mean access to another drawer or station is blocked. If it really should be placed beside a corner, put a 5 cm allowance to allow it to open completely. The allowance is also needed for when the wall is not straight. Lastly, fully extendable drawers are ideal so all the items can be seen after opening.
Cooking and Preparation
When the stove and the sink are already planned for, the space between the two comes next. 80 cm is the standard for this so there’s enough space for the food and utensils. When working with a view, it is also important to consider the height between the upper cabinet and the counter.
For pots and pans, these are best kept 50 cm away from the stove. Doing so allows enough space to keep these clean, but remain accessible.
Ensure that the oven height is ideal for the people working and that they will not need to bend down. It can even help to position the oven in a separate area from the stove.
Lastly, A position of the storage space well so all the needed materials remain within easy reach.
To make sure to have enough space is allotted for people walking through a 2-door walkway, allot 120 cm between rows of cabinets opposite of each other.
To minimize spills and make drain/pipe layouts easier, position the sink, dishwasher, and drainer next to each other. Also, you can ensure there is enough working space by positioning these away from corners. Lastly, mind the distance between the tap and the windows so they don’t hit each other when opening the windows inward.
Although we can get as many standards for setting up our kitchen, the possibilities are endless. For more advice on making the most of your kitchen workflow, consult your local modular cabinet maker or interior designer.
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