The kitchen is utilized more frequently than most other rooms in your house. Therefore, it seems to be the reason that having a better-organized and user-friendly kitchen will make your life simpler.
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Monica Ricci, a professional organizer, provides 10 simple steps for organizing your kitchen and making dinner preparation easier for your family. Cooking, dining, entertaining, talking, and scheduling are just a few of the critical home activities in the kitchen. With so much working in one room, your kitchen layout must be practical, pleasant, and appealing.
Triangle of Work
The work triangle is a design idea that enhances the operation of a kitchen by reducing the walking distance connecting the sink, refrigerator, and major cooking surfaces. Even with small kitchen floor designs, the aggregate of the three distances should not exceed 26 feet, and each stretch of the triangle should include between 4 and 9 feet for comfort and safety. Plan triangles for each chef if two or more people are cooking at the same time. These triangles may have one leg in common, but they should not cross. In addition, major traffic pathways should not pass through the triangle.
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Designers advise that a kitchen have at least 158 total inches of a useable countertop, which includes any span, including islands that are at least 24 inches deep and have at least 15 inches of clearance above. For prep work, at least a 24-inch-wide stretch of countertop close to a sink is suggested. Allow at least 15 inches of counter space on either side of a side-by-side refrigerator or alongside the handle side. Allow at least 12 inches of countertop on one side and 15 inches on a cooking surface. In kitchens with island appliances, the countertop should extend at least 9 inches beyond the burners.
Ventilation and electrical
GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) protection is required for all receptacles serving countertop areas. At least one wall-switch operated light is needed in every kitchen, with the switch located near the door. Windows or skylights must account for at least 8% of the total square footage of the kitchen. It’s also critical to have task lighting above all work surfaces. The bottom of a microwave that is installed below the countertop must be at least 15 inches from the floor. Allow 15 inches of space above the refrigerator for clearance.
With the risk of fires, scorching, wounds, and falls, the kitchen design layout has the potential to inflict severe or even deadly injuries. Keep a fire extinguisher visible, readily available, and away from cooking equipment to protect your family. Make sure the extinguisher is rated for Class B fires, that it is tested at least once a year, and that everyone in the family understands how to use it. Never use combustible window coverings above a cooktop or oven, and never position a cooking surface under an operable window. Countertops with clipped or rounded corners are safer than those with sharp edges.
Kitchen Walkways and Doorways
Any kitchen entryway must be 32 inches wide, and swinging doors must not obstruct appliances, cabinets, or other entries. To prevent clearance issues in a tiny kitchen, hang doors so that they swing out rather than in. Kitchen passageways should be at least 36 inches wide (preferably wider if you’re creating an open floor plan kitchen). Walkways in workspaces should be 42 inches wide for one chef and 48 inches wide for several cooks. Give AE Home Renovations a call now.