1. It’s all about efficiency: put a lot of thought into how use your items and THEN design your kitchen. Store your breakfast bowls and foods near the breakfast table. Keep all wrapping and plastic utensils near a bench or a work surface to wrap leftovers or pack lunch for tomorrow. Place your fine dining dishes and bowls up top away from the kids and your normal plates near the dishwasher for ease of access.
  1. Plan your circulation: paths throughout a kitchen should be at least 900mm wide. Paths within the cooking zone should be at least 1050mm wide for a one cook top kitchen and for a two cooktop configuration, at least 1200mm wide. When planning, these measurements also apply to kitchen island benchtops.
  1. keep an eye on the traffic: keep the handles higher up on cabinets so they don’t catch on to little ones when they run past and cause spills. Decide on a model of a fridge before you design your kitchen to appropriate create a space for it to open and make it accessible to both passer-by’s and people cooking at the stove.
  2. Giving each other space: plan for the clearance of doors and their swing paths. For efficiency and to save hassle make sure that doors don’t bang into each other.
  3. Find the right height for the microwave. The height of the microwave although seemingly insignificant, however something that is in such frequent use when placed inadequately will lead to frustration, hassle and sore backs in the long run. For adults about 325mm above the bench will be an appropriate height and for kids, slightly below the standard 900mm benchtop is conventional.
  4. Determine the island’s function. In any form of design from interior architecture to exterior architecture it is a basic commandment that form always follows function; if you plan to use the island benchtop as a dining table as well, plan it such that there is enough space between the cooktop and the dining portion of the bench.
  5. Plan landing space. when designing your kitchen, allow for 200mm of space on either side of the cooktop and the fridge as well. It is best to have an landing zone near the microwave, to be able to temporary place the hot food once you pull it out.
  6. Consider the countertops. For people who frequent the kitchen, an large gap on either side of the stove top is important, especially between the cooktop and the sink. For people who prepare simple meals or simply use it infrequently, other aesthetic priorities might be first on the list. Furthermore; for parents who want to teach their kids how to prepare food and bake from an early age, varying heights is also an option to consider.
  7. Double up. A snack bar, a small second fridge, a displaced second dining table can help get those snackers out of the way of the chefs and in a busy household that is the key difference.
  8. Arrange the range. Place a shelf next to the stovetop preferably up high for storing condiments, utensils, and equipment. Mount s hooks on the splashback or from the ceiling to hang pots and pans.