The kitchen has become a central hub for home life. While we are always recommending that each room or space in your home have a specifically designated purpose, the kitchen seems to want to ruin our plans of total world organization. So, in this ever-changing space, here are a couple of design tips about space management to keep your kitchen functional.
Space is something that is important in every area of your home. In the kitchen it is paramount. A universal element of the kitchen is something called the work triangle. This triangle refers to three components of the kitchen and their relative distance to one another – the refrigerator, the sink, and the stove. While there are different ways to configure this triangle depending on the overall design of your kitchen, there is one thing you should always keep in mind – do not block these paths. A direct and unobstructed line between these is in the interest of both efficiency and safety. You wouldn’t want to trip over a skateboard while carrying a heavy pot of water from the sink to the stove. Well, maybe you would. But that is between you and whoever covers your medical bills.
Having said all of that, I am not saying you should keep your kitchen completely barren. A common fixture in kitchens with islands or bars is the use of stools. Aside from being sure that these stools are not in the direct paths discussed above, there are still more things to consider. The last one I will give you to process is the functional consideration: have only enough stools to accommodate while having space to sit comfortably. I don’t like to require my guests to solve puzzles when they want to sit in my kitchen. This will allow them to sit comfortably without displacing a rogue stool to block the path of people walking by.