If you are getting a new kitchen, follow our space-saving suggestions for an efficient layout.
1 Off the floor
If you put your dishwasher higher up, stacking and unloading will be a breeze.
2 A single wall of appliances
This looks smart and helps your electrician because the wiring is in one spot; however, you need a large kitchen to have one array of appliances. Manufacturers such as Miele and Whirlpool line up all their panels and displays so that they look symmetrical in any configuration.
3 Create a bank of ovens
Group ‘hot’ appliances – such as your oven, microwave and hob – together.
4 Have a wet zone
Ideally, place your dishwasher/tumble dryer and washing machine either side of your sink. Plumbing in one place helps when your kitchen is being fitted and later if problems occur.
5 Make the oven a focal point
The cooker is often the most important item in the room. You can buy a commercial combi oven from a supplier such as 247cateringsupplies.co.uk/catering-appliances/commercial-ovens-and-ranges/combination-ovens.
6 Put your washing machine outside the kitchen
If your kitchen is small, put your washing machine in the bathroom. To meet regulations, it must be three or more metres away from the shower/bath and an electrician must ensure the socket is safe. You could also put your washing machine in a cupboard.
7 Your oven and fridge can be close
Traditionally, people were advised against putting their oven next to their fridge; however, well-insulated appliances should not give out much coolness or heat. Include a 50mm filler between the oven and fridge to be safe.
8 Microwaves suit eye level
You could put your microwave at eye level to save space on your worktop. This makes it easy to put dishes in and take them out, and you can keep tabs on cooking food – bubbling-over dishes will be no more.
9 Float your extractor
Try putting your extractor into a wall panel. This is a great way to hide wiring and the panel doubles up as a big splashback.
The extractor should be placed directly above the hob and must be wider than it. A ducted extractor that vents outside will operate more efficiently than a recirculation model; therefore, put it on an outside wall, as less ducting will be required.