How to make your kitchen comfortable and practical?ad1mggc
The answer to the question of how to arrange the kitchen to make it comfortable and practical is not easy. However, it is worth learning tips on the functional arrangement of the kitchen, because all kitchen activities – cooking, washing, preparing preparations – can be lighter and give more joy when the kitchen space is properly planned.
1. Adjust the layout of the building to the shape and size of the kitchen
Kitchens can be arranged in various layouts. Think about which one best suits the shape of your kitchen and what are its pros and cons. It will be most advantageous when the road that we cover between the fridge, the sink and the stove forms a triangle. Preferably, these distances will have:
- from the fridge to the 120-210 cm sink;
- from the sink to the stove 120-210 cm (in small kitchens it can be 90 cm);
- from the fridge to the oven 120-270 cm.
Single row buildings will work well in the narrowest kitchens (180 cm wide). It also often appears in kitchens open to the living room or dining room, usually with only one wall along which furniture can be arranged. This is the simplest solution, but also the least ergonomic. With this setting, you can’t apply the triangle rule, but the correct order of the equipment and the appropriate distance between them will facilitate your work.
In this kitchen, you can also use L-shaped buildings. Its shorter arm will be 120 cm. Of course, buildings of this type will look much better in a wider kitchen – nearly 260 cm (with a shorter arm 200 cm). The downside of this type of building is quite large distances between the equipment.
2. Let’s choose kitchen appliances for the needs of the family
Refrigerator – its size should depend on the size of the family, the frequency of shopping, the type of preferred food and how many days we cook meals. If we rarely do large shopping or prepare meals to stock, we will need a large fridge. Greater capacity will be useful to people who like to party.
The hob – its width and the number of burners should be adapted to the number of pots that we simultaneously use. It is also important whether one or more people cook. When cooking is a family activity, it is better to opt for a wider plate (80 cm wide) and place it on an island or peninsula, ensuring access to it for several people.
Oven – it’s hard to imagine a well-equipped kitchen without it. Even if you bake occasionally, it’s not worth giving up. It will be most convenient to use it when it is above the height of the chest.
Cooker hood – placed above the stove or hob should be wider than it. Its lower edge should be at least 65 cm above the oven. Most hoods can work in a closed circuit (as an absorber) or open (as an extractor). Open mode is more effective and efficient.
Dishwasher – it is worth finding a place for it even in a small kitchen. Why? It not only saves water and energy but also time. It is estimated that thanks to it you can save up to 30 minutes a day, i.e. 8 days a year. When choosing a dishwasher, you should be guided by the principle of choosing the right device for the number of dishes you wash every day. Remember that a minimum space of 1 m must be left in front of the dishwasher to open it comfortably.
3. Take care of ergonomics in the kitchen
The level of countertops should be adjusted to the user’s height. To determine how optimal it is, measure the height from the bent elbow to the floor and subtract 15 cm. Recommended heights of kitchen countertops may vary considerably, e.g. for a 160 cm tall person, the worktop should be 90 cm above the floor, and for a 185 cm tall person – 105 cm. In addition, both tall and short people often work in one kitchen. Then there is nothing else to do but to look for a compromise golden mean.
The functional organization of cabinets often determines whether the kitchen is comfortable or not. A good solution is to give up the shelves in the bottom cabinets. They require bending down, kneeling, it is difficult to take out deeper things. Instead, it is better to mount drawers that guarantee convenient insight and easy access to all stored things.
It’s worth choosing drawers with full extension and closing damping. The functions of individual drawers should also be determined in advance. This will allow you to choose scalings, refills, tags and other amenities for sorting content. They will help us maintain order and make work much easier.
It is also important to plan the rational distribution of products according to the principle: those more often used lower, those less often – higher. Often, removable products should be in easily accessible drawers – directly under the countertop or at the lowest level of hanging cabinets, and things that we reach for sporadically – at the highest level of the upper cabinet or at the lowest level of the lower cabinet.