Kitchen Workflow Concepts

by Product Specialist

A major element in remodeling or designing a kitchen is the appliance placement, which can make your space more efficient and convenient to use. Before placing and installing your kitchen appliances, keep the following four concepts in mind, which may move you to reconsider your initial placement ideas in lieu of a more effective and useful configuration:

The kitchen triangle theory

Think about the things that you do in your kitchen, and which appliances are most critical to your life. Typically, these are the sink, stove, and refrigerator, but for some homeowners, the list may include dishwashers, wall ovens, or microwaves. Plan to keep these three elements within close proximity to one another, and to prevent any obstacles in-between these fixtures that might hinder or disrupt the tasks that you perform in this space.

Position of the sink

It is not uncommon to spend most of the time in the kitchen at the sink, washing dishes, preparing foods, or cleaning up a mess. For this reason, why not position the sink in the spot with the best view and most convenience to the rest of the space? Sinks and counters work well near windows, which will provide the most pleasant view and visual intrigue.

Keeping a clear path

Even the smallest kitchen spaces need a clear path to guide people through the space. This not only keeps the cooking area out of the way and safe when people are present, but also can give the kitchen a more cohesive, slightly larger feeling.

Consider air circulation

A kitchen can become a stuffy, humid place, and it is integral to think about how you will ventilate the space and keep air circulating. A range hood provides an excellent way to quickly rid the room of foul smells, particularly if the room is devoid of natural air flow, such as from windows. Be sure to consider the position of your range when planning to install a hood, as it may be necessary to install these on out-facing walls for venting.

Where you place your appliances in your kitchen is important, and may dictate the rest of the design and configuration of your room. Keep your personal priorities in mind create a clear path through the space, and position your major kitchen features thoughtfully. This will lead to the development of the most efficient and functional space possible.