Sep 2, 2020
In this episode Frances outlines the essential measurements to
ensure your kitchen is functional and workable. She discusses the
kitchen triangle and the theory behind how this works in your
kitchen, cabinetry size standards, appliances, splashbacks and also
some of the regulations to check.
You need to be able to access things easily and move between key
areas for food preparation such as your sink, fridge,stove top and
ovens. Ideally, it you need to have a maximum of 7 metres between
all these areas.
The theory behind it is-;
- Have bench space near the fridge so you can put your items
- Adequate space next to the stovetop
- Easily unpack dishes from the dishwasher
- Space on either side of the sink (i.e for handwashing,
preparation, washing vegetables and etc)
- Check your local regulations with regards to how close a water
source can be next to electricity– normally at least 500mm.
Check with the local building regulations but as a guide.
- Electric - 600mm between the stove and overhead cupboards
- Gas - 650mm from top rivet of the stove to underside of the
lowest point on overhead cupboards
- Induction – 650mm
The height of your splashback may impact the splashback tile
that you choose.
When we are doing deep dives with our clients, we consider how
many people are going to use the kitchen so we can design it
specifically on how many people are going to cook or prepare food
in that space.
- Between benches - 1000mm minimum is allowable but ideally
it should be 1200mm.
- If there are two cooks working together, we would recommend a
minimum of 1200mm between benches
- Between the Island bench and dining area, minimum measurement
of It gives you adequate space for chairs to be pulled out and
still be able to flow and walk between the spaces.
- Ideally, you need 300 millimeters between the edge of the bench
and the sink. You don’t want to have your sink hard up against the
edge of a bench as you have got nowhere to put anything down
- Ideally, the dishwasher should be 500mm from the corner – can
also be placed at the end if need be.
- Ideally, 300-400mm bench space either side of stovetop
- Standard bench height is 900mm – go higher if you are
- Standard bench depth is 600mm
- Kicker/kickboard which is at the bottom of the cabinetry is
generally anywhere between 90 and 150mm. Setback is about
- Overhead cupboards are anywhere between 300-350mm deep
- Ideally it should be at a metre But in apartments that may not
be achievable, so then they would be between 800mm-900mm.
- For benchtop overhangs, 400mm is a good measurement as it
allows you to tuck stools under. However, 300mm is also
- Benchtop – 8-40mm thick is available in various materials.
- Island bench can be a feature and be thicker than rear
- Suggest 20mm -25mm – depending on material – 40mm for feature
- Laminate benchtops 33mm as standard
- Solid acrylic surface can be any thickness
- From a functionality perspective, it’s better to have your
microwaves either on the bench or overhead rather than underneath
- Standard dishwasher size is 600mm but you can get a smaller
size at 450 mm. Not so popular in Australia as they are in
- Standard wall oven size 600mm – free standing ovens can be 600,
750, 800, 900
- Fridge cavity – minimum 1000mm for a 900mm fridge & 1800mm
high. If you want to future proof your space, measure your fridge
cavity first so when you upgrade your fridge you will have enough
space for the new one.
- Double sink allow about 800mm x 480mm deep
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