When designing your future kitchen, you will inevitably have to ask yourself the following question: what dimensions should be provided? Even if you have to be attentive to your desires for a kitchen in your image, it is impossible to free yourself from certain constraints, and it is necessary to respect some basic dimensions. Follow these tips for a kitchen with the right dimensions, functional and harmonious. A simple and easy solution is offered to you: contact our expert coach now to take advice. But you can also read our dedicated article, in order to understand all the issues.
Setting up a small kitchen is not an exercise to be taken lightly. If you get straight into buying furniture and appliances before you’ve thought about your project, you are likely to make mistakes. In fact, rationalizing each square meter requires careful preparation. The goal of this reflection is also to manage to integrate standard furniture in your small kitchen, less expensive than made-to-measure elements, without renouncing the optimization of space.
It is also an opportunity to confront the reality of the facts: in a small space, you will have to make concessions. For this, it is necessary to carry out an analysis of your needs and your use of the kitchen: do you need a dishwasher? From four cooking fires?
Whether it’s a new construction or renovating a house or an apartment, it stands to reason that the size of your kitchen will depend on the space you have available. Depending on the size and shape of your kitchen, you can opt for different kitchen layouts: I, L, U, G, parallel, or even with a central island.
An I-shaped kitchen, also called linear, requires little space. With the elements arranged on a single section of wall, a width of 1m60 will suffice to fit it out. To arrange an L-shaped kitchen, you will need at least 80 cm for the return. As for U-shaped or G-shaped kitchens, they are intended for more spacious spaces, at least 12m2. In addition, it will take 2.40m wide for the central space, to ensure fluid circulation. The same goes for the central island, around which it is advisable to keep a circulation space of 1m or even 1m20. It could therefore be too massive and bulky in a small room.
So, you have to adapt the size of your kitchen according to the type of kitchen that suits you. Conversely, in the case of a renovation where you cannot enlarge the space, it is the size of the room that will define the kitchen layout that will adapt best.
The design of the kitchen is carried out according to the available floor space and the dimensions of the elements that compose it, taking into account the necessary circulation spaces. Here are the useful dimensions to know when determining the size of your kitchen.
Thus, for an I-shaped kitchen, you will need a minimum width of 1.60, to install elements 60cm deep and keep 1m to move around and open the storage comfortably. Following this same reasoning, count at least 2.40m wide for a parallel kitchen, U or G.
An island measures on average between 90cm and 1.50m wide. Therefore, if you want to arrange an island in your kitchen, you will have to take its width into consideration to determine the size of your room, as well as 1m or even 1.20m of circulation space all around, to be able to cook for two without be shy.
To determine the length you need for your kitchen, it is best to take into account the dimensions of the furniture and appliances that will integrate it. Please note, the following measurements correspond to standard dimensions. They may vary depending on the equipment you choose.
Count 60cm in length for a hob, 90cm for a sink with a single bowl and a drainer, and about 60cm for a refrigerator. We therefore obtain a length of 2.10m, for household appliances only. Add to that furniture of 60cm in length for storage and work surface, and you have a total length of 3.30m. Of course, this is an estimate made from the minimum dimensions of each element, to give you some idea.
If you love to cook and spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you will undoubtedly appreciate a spacious kitchen. In addition, a large kitchen will allow you to install more storage, which will be welcome for your many utensils.
For a large family who like to get together for meals, it is also preferable to design a large kitchen, which can accommodate a friendly dining area, in the form of a central island for example. The island will thus become the heart of the house, perfect for meeting with family at any time of the day or for entertaining.
Conversely, a single person or a couple spending little time in the kitchen will need little space, and will prefer to set up a small kitchen in I or L for example. If you live in the city in a small apartment, this will also be the preferred option.
Although there is no clearly defined layout rule, it is advisable to space the hob and sink at least 60cm apart when possible, for safety. Note that the length of a sink equipped with a single bowl is between 50cm and 1m, and that of a two bowl sink between 1.15m and 1.20m.
If you want to bring a warm and friendly touch to your kitchen, it is a good idea to set up a dining area, provided that the dimensions of your kitchen allow it. To find out, you have to take into consideration the space occupied by the table and the chairs, not to mention the distance necessary to get out of the table easily. Thus, for a table that can accommodate six people, count a rectangle on the ground about 3.3m long and 2.7m wide, for a total of 9m2.
These few guidelines can give you an idea of the space you will need for your kitchen. If you are worried about making mistakes when determining the size of your kitchen, it is best to have this task done by a professional. Last advice: in the case of a construction, always plan at least one wall without opening, as long as possible. No matter the dimensions of your kitchen, it will make it easier to fit out.