Regardless of the layout, there are some key things that should be a part of everyone’s plan. Keep the dishwasher near the sink, and try to keep the bin within easy reach of the dishwasher, the food preparation area and the hob zone. This is all part of the ‘golden triangle’ (left), a three-point rule for the placement of the sink, fridge and cooking areas. This is a good rule of thumb and is simply about keeping the most-used areas of the kitchen in close enough proximity to each other.
Plan down to the last detail: utensil drawers, pots and pans stored next to the hob and oven, knife block and drawers adjacent to food preparation areas and, most important of all, measure all your crockery and tableware – you’ll want them to fit perfectly in your new kitchen.
While fitting lots of storage into a kitchen is a sensible goal, be sure not to overcrowd the space. People often want an island or at least a breakfast bar, but it sometimes doesn’t work in the space. Think about how you’re going to be able to move around the room. Be realistic about what will fit. If you’re spending money on a new kitchen, you don’t want a design you can’t move around easily or a space that looks crowded or over-stuffed.’
Calculate the space
Every kitchen is different, as are the needs of the people using it, but each kitchen will need a certain amount of storage. A tall larder is really helpful for storing fresh food. Then add in two standard cutlery drawers and four pan drawers – that’s a good place to start.
Keep an eye on the long term, too. When designing your kitchen, consider today and tomorrow. A family of four can turn into a family of five or six. It’s good to allow storage space for everyone. Ideally, allow two cupboards for each adult and one each for everyone else.’
Don’t forget some drawers
Drawers are much easier to use than standard cupboards, which can be hard to access and can easily become cluttered. Drawers bring everything to you, so you are not grovelling around on your hands and knees to reach things at the back,. Ensure they have quality runners. Good drawers can now take up to 60kg distributed weight, so they are very practical.’ Position some close to the dishwasher, too. It’s great to be able to empty everything straight into a drawer.
It’s good to have a mix of drawers and cupboards. Drawers cost a little more than standard cupboards so, in a big kitchen, fitting lots of them could push your budget up. If you don’t like the appearance of drawers and prefer a more minimal look, they can be concealed behind cupboard doors. This gives a uniform look to kitchen storage.
When it comes to planning the individual drawers, think about what you will store in them. For a utensil drawer, for instance, factor in the biggest pieces you’re likely to keep in there. It’s vital to consider the size of things like spatulas and mallets when planning drawer sizes and depths.
Though every home is different, there are six (mostly used) classic layouts, each with their own benefits:
The fast kitchen with added convenience
When planning and buying a new kitchen, pay attention to these three aspects in particular: short distances, ergonomics and cleverly organised cabinet interiors