Things to note when designing a modern kitchen

If you’re looking to design your brand new kitchen, here are some tips. 

The Kitchen Work Triangle Principle

Modern kitchen designs favor the “work triangle”, which takes reference using the sink, stove, and refrigerator. 

It is used by professional kitchen designers to create kitchens that are both highly functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Kitchen Work Triangle
Source: Wikipedia

Some key guidelines of the Work Triangle Principle include: 

  • Perimeter of triangle should be between 4m to 8m
  • Each side of the triangle should be between 1.2m to 2.7m
  • Ideally, there should not be any obstacles within or along the perimeter of the triangle

You can read more here.

Modern Kitchen Layouts

In contemporary kitchen designs, there are six major layouts;

  • L shape
  • Double L shape
  • G shape
  • U shape
  • Corridor
  • Wall

The type of kitchen layout you choose will determine how comfortable it will be for you to work in the kitchen.

If you are remodeling your kitchen, the preexisting structures will limit your kitchen layouts and ideas. However, there are some creative small kitchen layouts that will help you to maximise the available space. 

Not sure where to start? You can refer to our kitchen remodeling checklist.

On the other hand, if you are building a custom kitchen from scratch, you have the flexibility to design your entire kitchen space and layout.

Your cooking habits and needs will determine what you need to install and where you’ll want to install them. However, you can establish the Kitchen Work Triangle within any of the configurations above, for an efficient kitchen layout.

Guidelines for designing excellent kitchen layouts

Today, it is relatively easy to find ideas and inspiration for your kitchen. 

Many clients tend to use free kitchen layouts and ideas pictures to come up with a rough plan. However, there are some blind spots that you should take note of:

  1. Bear in mind that you may need to make some compromises. For instance, if you want more storage space, you may have to settle for less window space.
  2. Depending on your kitchen users, your kitchen design may require work counters of different heights to enable different people to work in comfort.
  3. You may want to plan for at least five different types of storage areas.
  4. Do ensure that the bottom of your microwave or oven are raised above the floor.
  5. The area covered by both skylights and windows should be about 10% of the total area of the kitchen.

Depending on your desired kitchen design and needs, there may be finer details that cannot be covered in this article.

Let our kitchen experts help to incorporate your ideas into your final kitchen layout and design. Let’s talk.