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How to Layout Kitchen Appliances

August 12, 2022

If you are building a new home or remodeling a kitchen, you will need to consider the layout. The space and layout of your kitchen will have a huge impact on the size and type of appliances you’ll be able to choose.

Whether you are building a new home and have full creative freedom, or you are working on updating an existing space, this article will guide you to get the best layout for your appliances with whatever you have to work with.

How to Layout Kitchen Appliances

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing your layout for the kitchen appliances. Here are a few things we suggest you consider before deciding on a layout for your kitchen.

  • Where will you store your food, small appliances, and dishware?
  • Do you need a lot of room for food prep? Decide where you would ideally like to have counter space for this.
  • It may be ideal to have dishware and your dishwasher close to the sink to keep it easy to wash things quickly.
  • You will likely want to have your oven, cooktop, and even microwave close to the sink.
  • Where traffic will flow through your kitchen? Try to keep it easy for people to walk through the kitchen even if you’re busy cooking. There’s nothing worse than trying to shuffle around someone that is trying to balance a hot pan on their way to the sink.
  • How many people generally work in your kitchen at one time? Do you and your partner often cook meals together? If this is the case you may want to consider a cooktop and built-in wall oven that can be separated or need extra counter space.
  • How many people you may be hosting at any given time?

Typical Kitchen Layouts that Work Well

Ideal for Families

If you have a large kitchen and host often or have a lot of traffic through one side of your kitchen area, it may be best to keep seating separated from the cooking area.

In this example, you see that they kept everything on one side of the kitchen island to keep the traffic down in the cooking part of the kitchen. This large kitchen is a great option for a family or hosting small groups of people.

white cabinet kitchen

Ideal for Hosting

If you have a large kitchen to work with and often host large gatherings or have a large family, this example layout with a separated island and seating far away from the cooking area allows you to keep everything separated behind the island to avoid people walking through.

wood cabinet wood floor kitchen

Ideal for Small Kitchens

This final kitchen is an example of a much smaller kitchen that would be great for a single person or even a small family. It even puts the kitchen sink on the island keeping a very small and tight floor plan. The separated wall ovens and cooktop also make it easy for more than one person to help prepare meals at one time.

white cabinet large island kitchen

Tools to Plan Your Kitchen’s Layout

If you would like to get a visual before you make any decisions, there are several apps like My Kitchen: 3D Planner or Kitchen Design PRO available that will help you envision what your kitchen may look like with different layouts.

Choosing the Right Kitchen Appliances

Once you have an idea of the general layout of your kitchen, you will have to choose which appliances you need. Make sure you have measurements and an idea of what will fit in your space before making a purchase. This may limit your choices and open up more options if you have extra space.

Getting a kitchen appliance package will ensure that all of your appliances match each other. This will help the aesthetic of the kitchen. Appliance packages also help you save money rather than buying each individual appliance separately. Not to mention buying a package will save you the hassle of having to select each individual appliance yourself.

Get a Professional Opinion

At Howard’s, our experts are ready to help you lay out your kitchen in the most efficient way to meet your needs. Visit one of our appliance stores today to start planning today. We have 15 locations all over the California area including Alhambra-South Pasadena, Corona, Covina, Huntington Beach Experience Center, Irvine, La Habra Experience Center, Laguna Hills Experience Center, Long Beach Experience Center, Outlet Store- Pico Rivera, Outlet Store-Aliso Viejo, Riverside, Torrance Experience Center, Victorville, West Los Angeles Experience Center, and West Valley-Canoga Park.

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