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The Best Way to Arrange Kitchen Appliances

October 26, 2021 1:57 pm
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A bad kitchen layout can make even the simplest tasks feel overwhelming. Without careful consideration of where you place your appliances, you could find that preparing food or tidying up after a meal becomes a challenge. 

It’s essential that you arrange your kitchen appliances in a way that works best for you, your kitchen space, and how you plan to use it. 

Work Areas

A food storage area in a bespoke kitchen designed by K2B.

One of the best ways to ensure you can work efficiently in your kitchen is to establish work areas. Typically, kitchens are segmented into the following work areas: 

  • Food storage 
  • Food preparation 
  • Pot and pan storage 
  • Cleaning and waste 
  • Plates, bowls and cutlery 

From here, you’ll be able to decide where your larger appliances should be located in the kitchen space. For example, your fridge should be placed in the food storage area and your dishwasher should be placed in the cleaning and waste area. 

Once you’ve organised where your larger appliances will go, it’ll be clearer to see where your smaller appliances like toasters and kettles would be most useful. 

Flow of Traffic 

A bespoke kitchen designed by K2B

For a kitchen that functions as well as possible, you’ll need to consider the flow of traffic between your designated work areas. When you’re cooking and cleaning, you’ll need to have a clear path between one work area to another without obstacles or people getting in the way. 

Consider how easy it will be to move from your fridge and food storage area to your food preparation area, then over to your oven and hob, finishing up in the cleaning and waste area. If the journey between these areas isn’t smooth, you should reconsider your arrangement. 

Door Swings and Cupboard Openings 

Another important aspect to consider is whether you’ve left enough space for opening and closing cupboard and appliance doors – you should try to avoid clashes at all costs. 

Looking at the oven specifically, you will need to ensure you have enough space for the oven door to open fully and for you to safely move around the door to place the food you’ve just cooked in a safe landing point. 

Additionally, you will need to ensure your fridge and freezer doors can open all the way to allow the drawers inside to extend fully – remember you’ll need to remove them for cleaning.  

Some fridge and freezer doors need to be open at more than 90 degrees for the internal bins to pull out completely, if you plan to place this appliance flat against a wall you might struggle with this. 

Suffolk-Based Kitchen Design Services 

A well-designed kitchen will have appliances arranged in a way that makes cooking and cleaning a blissful experience. At K2B, we are experts at designing and crafting bespoke kitchens that don’t just look beautiful but work beautifully too. 

Visit our Bury St Edmunds kitchen showroom or get in touch with us to discuss your needs.

A kitchen designed by K2B with integrated appliances

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