Published at Monday, March 11th, 2019 - 06:26:11 AM. Kitchen. By Mathieu Bauer.
When modernizing your kitchen or planning one in a new home, it is best to recognize that certain clearances must be left unless you want some member of your family or a dinner guest to pop up and down every time someone has to pass by. You should allow for at least 42” from the front end of the chair to the wall behind. This makes it easy to get in and out of the chair and to pass behind the chair while someone is sitting in it. However, if you have a cabinet behind the chair, you should add the door width to this basic 42” figure so that the cabinet can be opened and closed easily. This extra room is not needed if you install sliding door cabinets. Where there is no chair, at least 24” should be planned for between the end of the table and a wall. This permits the server to pass through conveniently.
The single wall with the sink in the center and the range and refrigerator on either end with cabinets in between and overhead. The two-wall kitchen where appliances and cabinets are placed on two opposite walls in the room. The L-shaped kitchen where appliances and cabinets are placed on two adjacent walls. The U-shaped kitchen where three walls are used for the necessary equipment of the kitchen. Manufacturers have spent considerable sums and engineers numerous hours in planning the positioning of the different appliances – the range, sink and refrigerator – in the kitchen. You will find many different arrangements within this section. If you need additional help, many of the appliance producers have literature designed to assist you in this phase of kitchen planning. Remember that the kitchen is engineered for work but has to look attractive as well. Combining these two factors is an art, and when you consider that you have to add work counter space and cabinets for storage, you can readily see that planning based on experience is essential. The homemaker, herself, is often a source of many good ideas. After all, she is the one who will have to ”live” in the kitchen!
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