Kitchen layout planning guide
Determine the best orientation, size and position of fixtures
Planning your kitchen layout is important if you want to get the most from your new or refurbished space. It will help ensure you are able to keep it neat and tidy, boost your workflow and it can allow you to introduce zones for relaxing or socialising, ultimately impacting the overall ambience of the area.
Room to move
Allow at least 1m of empty floorspace between cabinets or around an island or peninsula. Doing so ensures there is enough room to comfortably move between units, as well as open doors, drawers and appliances.
Having cabinets and appliances on three sides of a small room provides the greatest amount of worksurface and storage. Ensure doors and drawers will open without obstruction.
One wall layout
A single run of units and appliances is an option for narrow rooms and open-plan spaces. Maximise storage with a combination of tall, wall and base cabinets.
In the galley
One possibility for a narrow room is to have units lining the two long opposite walls, which works if there is sufficient floor area in the central walkway. If possible, include a section free of wall units to avoid a feeling of claustrophobia.
Number one priority
Getting the layout right is one of the most important aspects of a scheme. The size, shape and architectural details of the room will determine the most suitable set-up. Planning help is available through DIY online tools, an in-house design service or hiring an interior designer or architect.
Keep appliances close
Arrange the sink, cooker and fridge for convenience by placing them within easy reach of one another.
Centre of attention
An island should be at least 1,200mmx600mm if you want to use it for food preparation, storage and somewhere to eat.
Leave it clear
Plot out a proposed layout to make sure there’s sufficient worksurface space around busy areas such as the hob and sink for food preparation and to place pots, pans and small appliances.
Opt for the L-shape
This format may provide enough floor area in front of the cabinets for a dining table or island. Ideally, the space between appliances should be no more than 2.5m.
In a large, open-plan space two islands may be easier to use and more pleasing to look at than a single vast one.
Eat in comfort
To sit in comfort at an island or peninsula, allow 250mm-400mm of worksurface overhang and 600mm width per person.