Planning a Kitchen Layout 

A new kitchen is always an exciting prospect. Not only can it simplify your life but it can add to your homes appeal and value. The following guide highlights the planning of your kitchen that should be both functional and attractive. There are 5 basic kitchen lay outs to be considered in your design of your dream kitchen or DIY kit. Please know our distributors are always happy to help and advise during the design phase with no obligation.

   U Shaped Kitchen:One of the most versatile, suiting large or small rooms. Safe and efficient, offering maximum bench and storage space. Excellent for one cook.
   L Shaped kitchen: A workable shape usually integrated into other living areas. Most suited to large, long or narrow rooms often allowing space for a meals area and two cooks. Great where the cook likes to be part of what’s going on.
   Island Kitchen style: Combines any shape kitchen with a separate work bench. The island creates extra workspace to be utilised for preparation, cooking, dining or entertainment, whilst allowing a feeling of openness. Needs a rather large room and caters well for more than one cook.
   Single Line Kitchen: layout: Usually needs a minimum of three metres of wall to work efficiently. Best if bench space is maximised with storage kept overhead and underbench appliances utilised. Perfect for small rooms and where windows are above bench.
   Galley Kitchen layout: Preferred by professional chefs, it allows the most efficient use of space with cabinets down either side of the room. Works best if one end is closed to prevent through traffic and requires good lighting to prevent dimness. Ideal where space is limited and often used in small apartments.

As you can see from the 5 kitchen layouts above, there are 3 essential fittings to be considered.

  • Placement of sink (with reference to the plumbing)
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven / Hot Plate
Ideally these should form a work triangle with sink along one wall and fridge and hot plate in the 2 corners opposite.

Tips for planning a kitchen with Smartpack

Ask a few questions

  • Placement of sink. Where is the water and drain pipes?
  • Gas connection from outside?
  • Hot water systems (can be hidden under a cupboard)?
  • How much storage space needed?

Setting out of Smartpack

  • Allocate corner units 904 x 904 or 954 x 954 in a U shape or L shape kitchen.
  • Placement of sink and dishwasher. The dishwasher should usually be placed next to the sink.
  • Remember to allow 610mm for dishwasher which gives bench space next to the sink.
  • Placement of cook top and under bench oven or stand alone stove.
  • Leave at least 302mm space next to cook top for the placing of bowl or plate and preparation of food.
  • Microwave to be placed above or below the bench. Same side as the oven if possible.
  • Garbage bin next to the sink. (minimum 402 unit)
  • Do not place cook top or oven under a window.
  • Try to place tall floor units i.e fridge and pantry units together.
  • Walking space between areas should be minimum 900 wide.
  • Space allowance to place Self standing Stove or Dishwasher appliance — 10mm each side.
  • Space allowance for fridge each side minimum 25mm each side and top.
  • All visible ends of units should have end panels to match doors in type and colour.
  • Total heights of floor units including benchtop and kickboard (140mm)— 896mm
  • Wherever the microwave wall unit is used an ideal height from floor to bottom of microwave is 1350mm. The depth of the Microwave unit and the Appliance Pantry in 400mm.

Typical Dimensions

 Floor cabinet height  722mm
 Space above benchtop  600 — 604mm
 Making Final height 2100-2300mm
 made up of:  
 Kickboard height 140mm
 Floor cabinet height 722
 Wall cabinet height  600mm or 800mm (depth 300mm plus door)
 Top of Pantry height  2100mm or 2300mm 
 Benchtop thickness  Stone 20-40mm Laminate 34mm
 Benchtop working depth  600mm
 Breakfast bar depth  750-900mm

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