One of the most important aspects of designing a kitchen is to figure out your kitchen appliances layout. The placement of your appliances will not only dictate how much worktop space you have, but it will also play a crucial role in the flow of your space.
There are several things you will need to consider when planning your layout.
Tips to Get the Kitchen Appliances Layout You Need
When planning out your kitchen, it’s important to make sure that you account for all the appliances you need.
Finding the right appliance layout in a kitchen can be tricky, but here are some tips to help:
Create a List of the Appliances You Want
It’s difficult to create a plan for your appliances if you don’t know what you’re going to install. Make a list of all the appliances that you want to install so that you know what you have to include.
Consider Built-Ins for Flexibility
Built-ins are a great way to incorporate your appliances into your kitchen layout without taking up too much space.
- Built-in ovens give you the space you need to cook, but can also be installed under a worktop or inside a tall cabinet.
- A hob can be installed on a worktop, which will take up only a minimal amount of space.
- Built-in microwaves can also save you countertop space if you install them in a tall cabinet (below, or above your oven, or adjacent to it in a separate tall cabinet).
With built-ins, you have more flexibility while making your appliances more accessible. They’re great for smaller kitchens where vertical space should be maximised.
Work With – Not Against – Your Space
Many people have a dream kitchen layout in their minds, but they really don’t have the space to bring it to life. It’s important to work with your space and not against it.
Otherwise, you may wind up creating a cluttered kitchen that’s difficult to move around in and work in.
What is the Golden Kitchen Triangle?
When it comes to kitchen appliance layout ideas, the triangle is the tried-and-true layout plan. That’s because it places the kitchen’s three most essential appliances right within reach:
The goal is to make sure that each of these appliances is easy to access and in close proximity to one another.
It’s easiest to achieve this layout in a U-shaped kitchen, but you can also make this work in a galley kitchen.
It’s okay if your triangle isn’t perfect. The most important thing is to make sure that each of these appliances are close to each other minimising walking distance between each, and making your kitchen layout most efficient.
Optimise Your Kitchen Island
An island can be a great asset to your kitchen, and can maximise storage as well as add aesthetical benefits.
The placement of the island is key, and it can be especially useful to install an appliance into the island. Sinks and hobs fit nicely on islands, and can help make your fridge and other appliances easier to access when cooking. We have also noticed a rising popularity of wine coolers installed in islands.
Picking Appliance Sizes
Before you can really start looking at ideas to store kitchen appliances, you need to know how much space you have to work with. You may dream of having a double-door (American-Style) refrigerator, but if you have a small galley kitchen, your space may not be suitable.
Take the time to measure your space before planning your appliances layout. This will help you understand exactly how much space you have and allow you to better size your appliances.
If you really have your heart set on a certain type or size of appliance, you may be able to cut down the size of other appliances to accommodate for it. But this won’t work for every appliance and layout.
Measuring your space really is the key to success.
Choosing a kitchen appliances layout takes some planning, but it’s worth the effort to create a kitchen that’s both functional and easy to work in. Keep these layout tips and principles in mind when designing your new kitchen and planning your appliances. Our designers at Illya Kitchens will be more than happy to help you with all aspects of your kitchen design.