Plan my own kitchen
Good planning will help you get the most out of your kitchens. That’s why you need to spend a lot of time planning how your kitchen should look like and plan its layout before you start designing and furnishing it. We don’t spend a lot of time in our kitchens but we definitely need to spend less time searching for our cookware and our kitchen apparatus and that will only happen with good planning. Moving around our kitchens should be easy, smooth and unobstructed. That’s why good planning is a must to preserve our effort inside.
In this post, I’m going to teach you how to design your kitchen, I will also show you examples of modern kitchens that look great but also have no compromise in their functionality. After all, the goal of a kitchen is to cook a great meal! For that to happen you need to follow a few rules. So lay down your pen and paper and be ready to follow me in our process of planning our own kitchen!
The working triangle
Cooking is the process of moving ingredients from the fridge to the sink and then the cooking area. That means we have 3 points in our kitchen that we need to plan carefully because these three points interact with each other and you’ll be moving between them 100% of the time you’re in a kitchen. These three points form a triangle that you will be bound within all the time you’re in a kitchen. This triangle is called the working triangle.
The concept of the working triangle is important when designing a kitchen because we need to keep it in mind as we work through our planning.
Three types of kitchen layouts while kitchen planning
There are three types of kitchen layouts that we can choose from, but it’s not our choice per se, it’s a question of which layout fits our room perfectly.
- The line kitchen
This layout is good for smaller kitchens but is a waste of space for larger kitchens. Only fallback for a line kitchen if you have no other choice. A small kitchen that doesn’t want to be clogged by too much furniture should definitely follow the line kitchen layout.
If you have space you can even have an island in your kitchen, which not only adds to the storage but will benefit as a serving area.
2. An L-Shape kitchen
The L-Shape kitchen creates a more comfortable working triangle and gives more storage space than the line kitchen. It’s suitable for open kitchens where your kitchen is part of your living room or your dining room. That way your kitchen can be a corner kitchen which won’t consume much space from the room itself and will be wide enough for your usage.
U-Shaped kitchens maximize storage and work-space. See how the working triangle has expanded as we moved from L to U? The compromise is that you need a big room to be able to move around and have a big enough triangle without feeling surrounded by all this furniture.
4. Parallel kitchen
This layout gives you separate work and storage stations on separate walls. The upside to this layout is that it needs medium-sized rooms. It’s also very good for rooms that have a door or a window on either side.
Rules of thumb when planning your kitchen
- Prioritize space between the sink and the hob
- In parallel kitchens, make sure the distance between the two kitchen sides is no less than 120 centimeter
- Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the dimensions -like height- of the kitchen hood
- Keep your oven at eye level
- Always have a countertop right next to your oven
- Keep cooking utilities near the hob
- Store glass and porcelain near the sink and the dishwasher
When you’ve decided to implement your kitchen you’ll be met with a plethora of kitchen manufacturing decisions. My only advice here is to research these materials that you’ll hear from the factories/workshops that create units. Don’t opt for the cheapest option right away and remember there will definitely be a compromise.
Another tip I’d like to give you is that there’s a huge difference between wood/manufactured wood/fiber. So when you’re choosing between those make sure you understand which material you’re choosing.
Electricity and Plumbing
A lot of people fail to oversee the full image from day 1 or fail at planning their kitchen thoroughly before they start executing, thus causing problems that can’t be mitigated easily. Problems in the kitchen basics like plumbing and electricity would force you to follow certain layouts that might not be optimal for your space or might force you to place certain units like the sink in wrong positions that would decrease your productivity or harm you physically.
That’s why you need to plan very well every piece of your kitchen before you even start connecting the plumbing and electricity pipes as they can be an important step when you “plan my own kitchen”.
Lighting controls a lot of aspects of your kitchen. How bright or how dark, for example, if your kitchen has a garden view and a wide window you won’t need that much bright light most of the day. Will you need a central lamp or spotlights distributed around? Do you want decorative lighting or just stick to the budget and keep it simple? Should you opt for a smart home system and connect your kitchen lighting to your WiFi grid? So many questions you need to answer in the planning phase to save yourself the burden of regret when it’s too late.
Inspiration, colors, and schemes!
After you plan your kitchen layout, you need to decide the color scheme of your paint and your kitchen units. Even the fridge and kitchen hood. In this phase, you need to browse many images of kitchens until you like a certain scheme that looks coherent to your overall interior. In a nutshell, this is the visual aspect of kitchen planning.
This also includes how your units’ handles will look like.
In the end, I’d love to share with you some images of pretty modern kitchens that you can be inspired by and hope you’ll have a fun journey planning your kitchen. You should also read the Wikihow article on how to plan your own kitchen