he kitchen is the heart and soul of any home. That’s why it’s so important to choose the perfect headset and not to repent after it’s installed. We figured out how to arrange cabinets, what materials to give preference to and what can be good to save. Only practical advice that you will not hear in stores.
How to take into account all the nuances
Modern kitchen allows you to create a space that meets the individual requirements of the owner. Before you start looking for a suitable kitchen headset, consider several important questions:
Does the building need repair? If yes, then it must end before buying a kitchen unit.
In detail, consider the equipment and dimensions of future furniture, which should not occupy more than 20% of the area of the premises.
What technology (including built-in and small household) you need and where will it be located? Do I have to carry pipes and sockets?
How much space do you need for storing utensils, food, household items? Think about how you can functionally use the available space at the expense of corner cabinets, drawers, additional shelves, additional mesh baskets.
Think about where the dining area will be located and what furniture is suitable for it. If the area allows, you can put a large round table and stationary chairs. In a small kitchen, you can use a folding or pull-out table, a bar counter, stylish folding chairs.
Are there non-standard corners, ledges, niches in the kitchen? How are you going to use them?
After the budget is calculated and general wishes for the future kitchen are defined, you can proceed to detailed planning and selection of materials. L-shaped layout is convenient for the functional division of the kitchen space, preserving the possibility of free movement and simultaneous placement of two culinary specialists in the working triangle (storage area, washing zone, cooking zone).
This is a classic option for rooms, the shape of which is close to the square. Optimum use of hard-to-reach zones in corner cabinets is possible with the help of retractable multi-level systems.
Suitable for premises of sufficient sizes of square or rectangular shape, where it is necessary to place a large number of storage systems and kitchen appliances.
For comfortable operation, the optimal length of parallel kitchen lines should be at least one and a half and not more than two meters, and the connecting zone between them should exceed 2.5 meters.
How to choose a kitchen: U-shaped kitchen
Ideal for narrow spaces less than two meters wide and a total area of 6-12 square meters. To effectively use the space under the countertop of the kitchen set, you can place the built-in technique, for the dishes to determine the sliding systems, and for the products – the upper cabinets.
For dogs or cats, order a special feeder that is pushed out of the lower socle headset.
It is best to arrange the objects in this order: a refrigerator, a work table, a sink, a second working table and a stove. In small kitchens, the folding dining table is mounted in the opposite wall, thus freeing up the useful space.
How to choose a kitchen: a linear kitchen
Such a layout can be considered for premises with an area of at least 20 square meters. In traditional island kitchens, a table with a sink or stove is placed in the middle, and a bar counter appears in the peninsular center. But, of course, each owner himself decides what functions to allocate his island or peninsula.
The optimal size of a stand-alone working area is a square with a side of 120 cm. The standard length of the peninsula is 120-180 cm. It is usually two or three kitchen modules with a width of 60 cm.
How to choose a kitchen: island and peninsular kitchens
This is the only way to use an elongated room as efficiently as possible. Suitable for kitchens with an area of at least 9 square meters and a width of at least 2.5 meters. After installing the kitchen unit, the width of the passageway must not be less than 120 cm.
A convenient option is to place the slab and sink on one side of the kitchen, and the refrigerator on the opposite side. Or, for example, at the left wall you can install a refrigerator with a sink, and on the right – a plate with a cutting table.
The only downside of the double-row layout is the lack of a clearly defined dining area.
How to choose a material for a kitchen set
The most popular and budgetary materials for the kitchen today are MDF (fine particle fraction) and chipboard (chipboard). Both options make it possible to produce a quality product that meets environmental standards.
A special seal for the socle prevents moisture and dust from entering the kitchen furniture. It can be ordered together with a suite or purchased separately.
And yet for the facades and buildings it is recommended to use MDF, which can be covered with plastic, veneer, enamel, acrylic or PVC film. This material is relatively inexpensive, its structure is as much like a natural tree. And due to a variety of impregnations and components, MDF has important properties for the aggressive kitchen environment: good resistance to fungi and mold, moisture resistance, excellent tolerance of high temperatures.
By the way, about the temperatures. Be sure to leave gaps of 2.5 cm between the stove (not applicable to the built-in technology, which is equipped with a special cooling system) and adjacent kitchen modules. This will improve ventilation and protect the headset. The formed slot can be closed with special pads.