A new kitchen is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself and your family. The heart of your home, your kitchen is where late-night talks, homework sessions, and casual celebrations (the best kind!) happen naturally. It’s where memories are made. Having a neat, spacious and aesthetic kitchen elevates the experience of cooking and makes it a joy, not a chore.
What makes a good kitchen?
The counters, distances, window areas, storage cabinets and most important of all, the space you have to move around. A kitchen should be planned taking into account the needs of your family, as well as the comfort levels of the kitchen user.
Here’s a 4 step guide to how you can design your kitchen in various styles, and what you should look out for while doing it.
Indian Classical Kitchen
1. Family size:
A medium sized family of 4 people can go in for a ‘L’ shaped kitchen or a parallel kitchen with a chopping counter in the middle which looks good too. A joint family with many members should plan for a ‘U’ shaped design as a larger number of people can fit in it, without getting in each other’s way. The straight layout works well for a small kitchen and small family.
2. Plan your kitchen layout
Use the 3-C principle to plan your kitchen. The 3C principle denotes Cooking (Stove), Cleaning (sink) and Cooling (Refrigerator). These are considered to be the 3 vertices of a triangle. The sum of all the three lines of the triangle should ideally be 20 feet. If it is less, it means that you don’t have enough space to move around. But if it is more, then your kitchen is comfortably spacious.
4. Choose your cabinets
You should to choose the right material, colour, style and texture to give your kitchen the perfect look. Decide the purpose of your cabinets. What will you be storing in them? If the need is for storing crockery, small containers and such, these can be placed in overhead compartments. The shelves can be made of glass, or material board, as required.
Remember, the compartments should be of a height that is easily accessible.
Large utensils, pots and pans can be placed in cabinets under the counter, with pull trolleys.
Here’s a list of material that is used to make cabinets.
Medium density fibre board is a material has very high binding strength and rigidity. It is similar in application to plywood and is denser than normal particle board.
- Marine Plywood
It performs longer in humid and wet conditions and resists delaminating and fungal attack. Its construction is such that it can be used in environments where it is exposed to moisture for long periods. However, it is more expensive when compared to normal plywood.
- Solid Wood
This is the best type, (many of us have antique wood furniture that belong to our great grandfathers right?) but solid wood is expensive and requires time to make into cabinets.
- Scratch Resistant Finish
Cabinets made with anti-corrosive, scratch resistant finish will not spoil with time. These UV, Polymer cabinet materials are the latest in the market. They give a polished look and have a sleek finish.
4. Accessorize your kitchen
Choose platforms, handles, sinks,, faucets, hobs and chimneys that suit your taste, lifestyle and budget.
Platforms can be in Granite, marble or acrylic seamless tops. Never use wood finish counters as these are difficult to clean and erode very easily.
A simple rule to planning your kitchen
De-clutter your floor space and optimize your wall space. You will be well on your way to happier and quicker cooking!