When one talks about remodeling their kitchen, it can range from simply making extra space for new appliances to a full scaled renovation with new countertops and new cabinets as well. While it is important that you take some time out and make sure that the new kitchen that you designed is appealing to the eye, it is of far more importance that the newly designed kitchen is more efficient and productive. If you are not sure on how this would come to be, then read on for some tips that are sure to help you out.
The Basic Triangle
One of the most efficient designs to go about in the kitchen is the basic triangle design in which your kitchen’s sink, refrigerator,and stove are arranged in a triangle so that they are accessible from each other. These three are the most important element in your kitchen so the path between them should be crystal clear. The overall distance within the basic triangle should be between 10 to 25 feet. Any fewer feet would mean that it would be hard for more than one person to be able to move comfortably through the kitchen. Anything more than 25 feet would mean that it is too big to be effective. Once you have this basic triangle in place, you can keep on adding other kitchen appliances to it as well such as microwave ovens, an upright freezer or a dishwasher. You can add anything into the kitchen that does not take up a lot of space.
Whenever you are out there shopping for new appliances, be sure that they are the most efficient ones. All of your appliances, including your refrigerator, cooktop, dishwasher and upright freezer can serve all of your needs and yet still be energy efficient. There are many standards for energy efficiency out there including the Energy Star standards amongst many others.
Everything Safely Within Reach
Rearranging your entire kitchen is of great importance, but so is having your cooking utensils and dishes safely within reach. Casserole trays and iron skillets amongst other such heavy items should be put in lower cupboards so that they can’t fall on someone while they are reaching out for it. Bowls, dishes, cups,and silverware should be kept in cupboards and drawers that are at a waist level or at a chest level. The higher shelves can be used for storing dishes and bowls that you do not use very often. Also be sure to place everything back where they belong so that you know exactly where they are when you need them since they can ruin your entire cooking experience when you can’t find or locate the right serving spoon or the right dish when you need it the most.