Make the refrigerator accessible to both passerby and anyone working in the cooking or cleanup areas of the kitchen.
Design Wide Walkways
Footpaths throughout a kitchen should be at least 36 inches
wide. The cooking zone should range from 42-48 inches depending on the number of
cooks you expect in your kitchen.
Think About The Island’s Function
For kitchen islands form follows function. If you plan to both cook and eat on your kitchen island be sure that there is enough space to safely separate the cooktop from the dining area.
Fill Tt Up
Consider an extra swing out tap above your range to avoid crossing the kitchen with heavy pots full of water. Or, if design and space allows, install and extra long hose on your main sink to fill pots on the cooktop.
Deep drawers near the dishwasher makes it easy to unload the dishes without extra twisting and turning. Lower drawers are also beneficial for families with young children to keep snacks and grab-and-go items within easy reach.
Plug It In
Be sure to think about the number of extra outlets and spacing when planning your kitchen. If you know you plan to have a specific area for appliances, it is beneficial to consider extra outlets in these areas..
Consider The Countertops
Allow for 15 inches of countertop space next to both your refrigerator and your cooktop. Some home cooks desire the same amount of counter space next to the microwave as well. Also for those who cook frequently, you will want more space between the range and sink for meal preparation.
Keep Corners Cleared
Plan specific space for cabinet door’s clearance and consider the
swing direction of your cabinet doors to ensure that doors won’t bang into each other if
open at the same time.