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How to Design a Kitchen Layout

Most of the time we spend at home is spent in the kitchen, whether that’s through rushed breakfasts and family meals or simply sharing a cup of coffee with friends.

No matter if your kitchen is small and cramped or large and expansive, a clever layout can make all the difference in helping you make the most of your space. While paint colours, appliances, and other fixtures are dependent on your own taste, design factors such as layout and practicality are what make your kitchen functional.

Careful planning is essential to ensure your new kitchen is both beautiful and highly functional. If you’re starting a kitchen renovation, the following tips will help you create a space you’ll love.


Eliminate Wasted Steps

family spending time in modern kitchen

When the layout of your kitchen is planned out incorrectly, you might find yourself crossing the kitchen multiple times because things are never quite where you need them to be.

Start by thinking about what tasks you perform most frequently. Placing the items you need to complete these tasks close to each other will help save a lot of time and energy.

For example, keep all of the ingredients and utensils you need to make a cup of coffee within reach of each other.

Direct Traffic Through the Kitchen

It can be incredibly frustrating, not to mention dangerous, to have people standing in your way while cooking.

Traffic flow is a key consideration when planning out the kitchen layout as it keeps family members clear of each other’s paths. A central kitchen island is a great way to separate the working area of the kitchen from the social part. This allows family and friends to chat with the cook without getting in their way.

If people need to cross through the kitchen to get to another area of the home, be sure to keep the stove away from their path.

Stay Clear From Corners

modern kitchen layout

When planning where to place cabinetry and appliances, it’s important to pay attention to the nearby corners.

Keep appliances away from corners and make sure the doors don’t bang into one another when they’re both open. To make the cabinets fully functional, plan enough space for the door’s clearance and swing direction in your design.

Sometimes, working with tight corners is inevitable, in which case consider opting for low-profile handles or a Base Corner Corner (BCC) cabinet. Knobs and appliance handles that stick out too far can also make it difficult to get neighbouring cabinet doors open.

Get Your Dream Kitchen With Magnolia Construction

Thinking about a kitchen renovation in Ottawa?

Aesthetics aside, a well-designed kitchen is planned with function and comfort kept in mind at all times.

Our team at Magnolia Construction is dedicated to bringing your vision to life. Whether you prefer a minimalist kitchen or a modern one outfitted with luxurious finishings, our designers will combine your ideas with our ability to create functional kitchens.

Reach out to us today to learn more about our kitchen renovation services and get started on building the kitchen of your dreams.