How Do You Design a Kitchen Layout?


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Design a kitchen layout by sketching the basic kitchen outline with the spaces available and mark in the position of the storage units and appliances. Pick your kitchen cabinet manufacturer and work with the kitchen cabinet dimensions that they provide.

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How Do You Design a Kitchen Layout?
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Measure the floor dimensions, niches, windows, doors and water pipes. Create a floor and wall plan for your kitchen with these measurements. Use paper or online kitchen planners or software to draw up your kitchen plan to scale. Choose the U-shaped, L-shaped or Galley kitchen plan that matches well with the kitchen plan. Outline on the plan the best places to position the base cabinets, wall cabinets and tables. Draw in potential locations for appliances and fixtures, and remember to include the kitchen storage spaces.

Include the electrical points (outlets and switches for appliances) for the kitchen. Refer back to the cabinet manufacturer for any integrated kitchen lighting options. However, during the designing process, it is important to consider the NKBA guidelines on kitchen layouts. For example, you should consider the need to include a 40-centimeter clearance between an open kitchen door and the near opposite unit, or ensure at least a 120-centimeter clearance between parallel runs of kitchen units.

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