When it comes to changes or renovation, the kitchen can be a tricky room for most homeowners. From exhaust hoods to heavy appliances, there are many factors to consider when choosing a kitchen design or changing an existing one
Whether you are Considering a Full Kitchen Remodel or Looking to Renovate an Old Kitchen, these Three Tips Offer Simple Ways to Optimize your Kitchen Design
1: Determine Your Kitchen Layout
Before you can optimize your kitchen, you must first understand its basic layout. Popular kitchen layouts include:
- L-Shaped: These kitchens often feature a long wall that meets with a short outcropping or wall.
- Gallery: Typical galley designs involve the use of two parallel counters that intersect at a wall on one side.
- U-Shaped: This layout typically offers the most countertop and storage space. Walls on three sides with an open center section surround the kitchen.
- Line Kitchen: The most basic kitchen style, common in apartments and smaller homes, is the line. These kitchens utilize a single wall and often open into another room of the home.
2: Define Work Zones and Your Kitchen Triangle
Defining the work zones in your kitchen can help to improve organization and placement of appliances, storage and other items. Once you know your work zones, you can use the kitchen triangle method to make the most out of your layout.
Sections in the common kitchen layout include:
- Hot Zones: This is where you will be cooking food. Appliances often include stovetops, ovens, microwaves and indoor grills.
- Cleaning Zones: This is where your sink and counter space is typically focused. Food preparation and other common tasks will be performed here.
- Storage Zones: From the refrigerator to cabinet space and storage racks, the storage zone is where you store your equipment and food when not in use.
In most cases, your zones should be arranged in such a way that you minimize the need to move or carry items long distances. This is not just about time; it is a matter of safety as well. In most cases, the cleaning zone should be located between your hot and storage zones. This creates what is known as your kitchen triangle. In doing so, you can minimize effort required to use your kitchen while reducing the risk of burns, cuts and other kitchen dangers.
3: Space-Maximizing Tips by Kitchen Layout
- Line Kitchens: Line kitchens are often used where space is at a minimum. You can help to maximize space by adding shelves to each end of the line and storing appliances when not in use. If you have room, an island can help to free up additional space and serve as a multi-zone location.
- Parallel Kitchens: Though parallel kitchens are another smaller design, they often offer generous storage and easy access. Arranging your appliances and storage based on the zones of your kitchen will provide optimal results.
- U-Shaped Designs: Sometimes, too much space can be a problem. This is often the case with U-shaped kitchens. Adding a small moveable island and organizing by zone can help to reduce clutter and make it easier to utilize your available space.
These tips and strategies will help you to make the most of your kitchen layout. By understanding how a kitchen works, you can adapt your existing design or ensure that a renovation or remodel meets expectations. Should you need more information, House to Home offers additional tips to help you perfect your project.
This article was co-authored by Richard D’Angelo, CraftPro’s Owner, and Jillian Watkinson, a writer and reviewer of kitchen design ideas.