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6 Measurements to Know When Planning Your Kitchen


Designing  a kitchen requires precision. In creating a functional space, every millimeter counts, and there are some basic measurements that a homeowner needs to ensure they take or get done at the beginning of the design process. For taking measurements yourself check out this previous blog post. In the meantime, here is a helpful guide on some of the measurements required for your brand new kitchen space.

 

Work Aisles and Walkways: Work aisles are where an individual stands to work at the kitchen counter, while walkways are the pathways for users and residents to move around the kitchen. Although the ideal measurements can vary depending on the space and layout of L-Shape, U-Shape or parallel, the ideal work aisle or countertop width should be at least 42 inches wide, while walkways should ideally be 36 inches wide.

 

Countertop Height: Next is the countertop height. In other words, the ideal placement of the the kitchen counter or worktop within the kitchen. The countertop height should be proportionate to your height and size so it is comfortable for you or the main user in your home to use for a more efficient design space. A general rule to follow for a comfortable height at the kitchen counter is the measure down for the tip of the elbow. Nevertheless, an ideal place to start is at the standard height for a kitchen countertop which should be between 34 and 36 inches.

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Landing Areas: The landing areas cover the counter tops in both width and depth. A prep area next to the cooktop should be at least 12 inches wide, while the area next to the sink should be at least 18 inches wide. Along with the width, the average depth of a countertop is 24 inches. It is just enough space to have a productive work area within the kitchen. It ideal to place all types of items, including small utensils without the strain of reaching too far to grab anything.

 

Space Between Countertop and Upper Cabinet: The perfect distance between the countertops and upper cabinets should be just at the perfect space where the cabinet does not get in the way, the items are easily reachable, and the counter top is easily visible for getting work done. A reference point for the ideal distance is about 15-20 inches. However, the final measurements depend on the space and the specifications of the kitchen. Ensure it is not too low that the countertop is not visible, yet that it is not too high that it is difficult to reach.

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Cabinet Depth: Cabinet depth for upper and lower cabinets can vary. The average lower cabinet depth usually matches the countertop at 24 inches. However, the upper cabinets are typically built a little smaller than the lower cabinets, making a depth of 12-15 inches the most ideal. These cabinets are built smaller to avoid the user from banging their head while using the upper cabinets and the countertops at the same time.

 

Work Triangle: Finally, one of the most important measurements is the kitchen work triangle. Whether the kitchen is a parallel, U-shape, or a L-shape layout, the distance between the three elements should balanced out to maximize the efficiency of the work space. For more about the kitchen work triangle, click on the previous blog post. The distance between any two appliances should be between 36 and 84 inches. Anything less or more will cause interference within the work space. 

Overall, the measurements given above are an average or a starting point. The ideal measurements for the kitchen are dependent on space available and proportion and size of the average use within the home. With the list above, use it as a checklist to avoid covering any missing points in your kitchen.

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