Survey your space and pick good spots for your kitchen appliances
Scratching your head trying to figure out where to place what in your kitchen? Deciding where to put your kitchen appliances can have a profound impact on how you use your kitchen. Often, the space itself will dictate where certain elements can go. But what if you have free reign? Follow our quick guide below to kit out your kitchen efficiently and put appliances in their right place.
Use the ever-popular kitchen work triangle
When going for maximum efficiency in the kitchen, appliance location should be your first stop to getting it right. Appliances will easily be the most expensive investment of your kitchen renovation, so deciding what you need and where it will go is a crucial and personal decision.
In a well-planned kitchen, the distances between your main work stations should be as short as possible. Most effective kitchens harness the power of the triangle – the shape of the area between your fridge, stove and sink. A good triangle layout isn’t too cramped, but shouldn’t take you too many steps to move from one point to the next. Even if you can’t change the layout of your kitchen completely, being aware of the triangle will allow you to plan the placement of your appliances more efficiently.
The triangle performs at its best when the route between your three work areas, preparation, cooking and clean up, remains clear and direct. If you have a kitchen island, it’s important to ensure that you never have to go around it to get from one work area to the next.
Think about what appliances your use the most. Some of the lesser used devices can be placed further away from the main cooking area. And keep your social areas in mind. Try to keep your work triangle undisturbed from social traffic by placing your entertainment area on the boundary of your kitchen.
Select the correct appliances sizes
When redoing your kitchen, try not to fall in love with any one appliance. Let the space you have available determine the size your appliances. Sometimes, getting the wrong thing can compromise your storage and preparation space. When you have a small kitchen, you need to be sensible about what you buy. Remember, smaller appliances are more economical and heat/cool quicker than their larger counterparts.
Consider going with built-in appliances, as they effectively help minimise clutter and can be accessed easily. Think hard about whether you really need that extra oven or microwave. By installing an essentials-only selection of appliances, you’ll not only save on space, but find it easier to plan your kitchen layout.
Cluster your wash-up area
In a perfect world, you’ll have enough space to position your dishwasher and washing machine and/or tumble dryer next to your sink. Having clustered plumbing connections will make your life a whole lot easier and could help you should something go wrong in the future. Having these items form the core of your wash-up area also helps keep things organised and complement the work triangle in your kitchen.
Raise appliances off the floor
Who says large appliances should be placed on ground level? If you have height at your disposal, get your dishwasher and oven off the floor. The raised level makes it easier to take things in and out, while creating extra cabinet storage space below. You can even consider stacking your appliances if they have similar dimensions. Thinking outside the box and getting appliances off the floor will drastically help create the space needed to fit all your requirements.
With a few simple steps and a little planning, you can fit your kitchen like a pro. For more info, have a look at all the multipurpose kitchen layouts available to you. And visit our Design Ideas for extra inspiration when renovating your kitchen.