6 Kitchen Design Principles That Work in Every (nearly every) Kitchen

The perfect Cheshire kitchen design is one that fits into your house and is built to your specific needs and requirements.

However, there are some basic principles that work well in every kitchen design. Here are 6 that we try to incorporate into our kitchen design process. You can’t always have all of them, due to space, situation and your own needs. But we find that bearing these in mind will help create a great working and living space for your kitchen


Here are some of our general kitchen design principles:

1. Full Height Cabinets

In traditional kitchens, dry goods like cereals and jars are stored in above counter cupboards or even a separate pantry room. However, it’s more convenient and easier to have dry goods stored in a full height cabinet next to the fridge. It keeps all your consumables in one area of your kitchen.

2. Large Preparation Area

A big prep area is great for all the mixing and chopping you will be doing in your new kitchen. The more space you have the easier it is to prepare sumptuous meals. Your prep area should be in easy reach of the green bin, the rubbish bin and the recycling.

3. Avoid Over-counter Storage

Counter space along the walls with high storage above is not the ideal place to be preparing food. It’s just not pleasant to be chopping up onions with your face a few inches from a cupboard.

4. Prepare Looking out into Your Kitchen

Depending on the size of your kitchen, you should always try to have a substantial work area that faces out into the room – it’s much more pleasant than staring at blank walls or built-in cabinet. Islands and breakfast bar/preparation bars are great for this.

5. Dishwasher and Sink in Separate Space

It’s good to have the dishwasher and the sink close to each other. The plumbing usually dictates this, however, if you have the sink and dishwasher a little apart from the main work area it will keep everything cleaner, a bit like a warewash station in a restaurant.

6. Landing Stations for each appliance

Each of your appliances, such as the fridge, oven, dishwasher, sink, etc needs a nearby landing station. This is somewhere where you can set down heavy things, or hot items without having to move across the kitchen. Ideally, they need to be easy to pivot to on one foot. It will keep your kitchen safer and cleaner.

Your kitchen should be geared to your needs. Whether it’s going to be a tiny command centre for a someone in a studio flat, or a large multi-player work space for the whole family in a house, it should never feel dark, pokey or like a dead end.

At the end of the day, there is no mathematical formula or diagram that can replace careful forethought about how a kitchen space will actually be used. Which means that careful planning and expert help are essential for getting the perfect kitchen for your needs.

If you’d like any more information about creating the perfect kitchen that matches your needs, contact us today for a free first visit.


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