07 Jul 5 Golden Rules for Successful Kitchen Design
There’s no single way to design the perfect kitchen, the trick lies in finding a design that works most efficiently for you in every aspect. Implementing these basic organisational concepts will help you to create a space that suits your needs and lifestyle.
- Work Triangle
The kitchen work triangle is the most efficient layout, saving you time and energy by coordinating your sink, cooktop and fridge, the three main work areas, into a triangle. There should be enough space for two people to work in the kitchen without feeling cramped but compact enough for convenience when cooking.
- Social and Functional
The kitchen is a space where people naturally gravitate to and therefore should be designed for gathering and entertaining without getting in the way of the cooking and preparation process. If you are going to use your kitchen for entertaining, the easiest way to make your kitchen social is to open it up to the surrounding space with an open plan layout. A kitchen island with seating allows your family and guests to stay close while you are preparing meals without getting in the way.
Think about every door in your kitchen and how you will use them, including your cabinet doors, refrigerator, oven and appliance doors. Their opening positions and the swing direction of the door shouldn’t overlap unless the doors will be used at different times, for example, the dishwasher and oven. Architectural drawings of your appliance doors will help you plan their fittings and can help you decide if you wish to install other key operations such as pull-out rubbish bins or vertical pull-out drawers.
Taking the meal clean up sequence into consideration when designing your kitchen may not be the first thing you think of but it will make your routine tasks a lot easier. Most kitchens have a linear relationship between the sink, rubbish bin and dishwasher. Locating the bin, sink and dishwasher in a linear order with the bin closest to the eating area will create a smooth clean up after meals.
Many people overlook the ergonomics of tasks such as unpacking groceries when planning their kitchen. Locating the fridge, pantry and sufficient bench top space near the entry of your kitchen will make kitchen tasks run more smoothly and an easy process of unpacking and unloading groceries.
Our designers here at Harrington Kitchens consider your lifestyle while designing your dream kitchen to ensure that all bases are covered and to make sure you get the most out of your kitchen.
Harrington Kitchens offers a wide variety of kitchen design and styles including:
- French Provincial Kitchens
- Modern Kitchens
- Classic Kitchens
- Laminate Kitchens
- Timber Kitchens
- Polyurethane Kitchens
- Country Kitchens
- Outdoor Kitchens
For more information on our various kitchen designs, please visit our Gallery. Our Gallery brings together a selection of our custom kitchen designs ranging from traditional to contemporary kitchens. Each kitchen style has the flexibility to work in any home environment and can be designed to suit all tastes and budgets.
The entire Harrington Kitchens team is focused on designing kitchens that utilise premium materials and offer each and every customer the highest level of service. Harrington Kitchens partners with the best quality kitchen suppliers within the kitchen manufacturing industry and employs experienced and professional tradesmen to ensure the longevity of your custom designed kitchen.
For a free quote and free design consultation please contact us at Harrington Kitchens on (02) 4647 4474 or submit an online enquiry, alternatively you are welcome to visit the Harrington Kitchens Showroom at 12 Graham Hill Road Narellan NSW or 5 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong NSW.