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10 clearances & dimensions that you should adhere to when planning your kitchen

Are you currently planning your new kitchen? Would you like to know how wide the ideal passages are? Or how far apart should the stove and sink be?

Then you should read this post to the end. You can find out from kitchen planner Klaus Ruech (olina kitchen studio Innsbruck Ost) which are the 10 most important gaps in kitchen planning and why you should adhere to them.

With the right spacing, the most important things are within reach and cooking is more fun. In addition, the risk of injury and damage to the new kitchen can be avoided.

# 1: The width of the passageways can even make living and dining rooms smaller

Basically, the width of the passages depends on the size of the room. The kitchen should be proportionately adjusted to the space.

The passages in small rooms should be around 70-90cm wide. If the new kitchen has space in a large room, the distances between the kitchen units can be between 80 and 85cm.

Wide passages automatically enlarge the kitchen area. The wider the aisles, the more space there is for the kitchen to be “pinched off” by the adjoining living or dining room.

# 2: Adapt the distance between the kitchen island and the kitchenette to the number of cooks

Kitchen islands are usually planned and integrated into large and open rooms. Our kitchen professional recommends a distance of 85-130cm between the kitchen island and the surrounding kitchen units.

In addition to the size of the room, the number of “cooks” also plays a role. If you mainly cook on your own, a distance of 100 cm between the kitchenette and the island is sufficient. If two or more people cook together, it should be about 120cm.

# 3: Sink and stove within easy reach saves unnecessary trips

Rule of thumb: The distance between the sink and the stove should not be more than 120cm.

With this distance, people of average height can reach both areas with one hand.

The short range saves you unnecessary trips. In addition, the kitchen floor stays cleaner because you don't spill anything when you reach back and forth.

# 4: Continuous main work surface reduces cleaning effort and the risk of injury

The main work surface of your new kitchen should consist of at least 80-100cm. This also gives you enough space for larger jobs such as kneading and rolling out dough.

This area should not have any joints or edges. This will keep the cleaning effort as low as possible.

In addition, the risk of injury increases with each edge - for example from a pot of hot water that is placed on the edge and tips over.

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# 5: Work surface height affects neck and back pain

You can calculate the ideal height of your work surface with a simple formula: Measure the distance from the floor to your angled elbow and subtract 15cm.

This is exactly the height at which you can work well and avoid shoulder tension or back pain.

What else you should pay attention to when it comes to the height of your worktop, we have explained in detail for you in an article. Follow this link: https://www.olina.com/news/detail/so-berechnen-sie-die-hoehe-ihrer-kuechenarbeitsplatte

# 6: Wide base units for storage space and a modern look

The base cabinets in modern kitchens are usually between 80 and 100 cm wide.

There are 2 reasons for this:

  1. With a few wide cabinets you get more storage space than with many narrow ones.
  2. Due to the wide cabinets, there are fewer interruptions in the fronts and the design looks clearer and more modern.

# 7: Don't underestimate the space for the seating

Many of our customers often “miscalculate” when dimensioning the seating in the kitchen. They believe that a bench with a depth of 40 or 50 cm is sufficient.

But believe us, that is not enough: you should plan around 60cm depth for the seat on a bench or chair.

Plus: the chair itself also needs space so that it can be pushed back when getting up. For this, at least 75cm free space should be planned.

# 8: Plan a dishwasher within easy reach of the sink

Are you leaving your dishwasher open while you clean up and do the dishes after you eat?

Most people do. Therefore, the dishwasher and sink in particular should not be more than 120cm apart.

Because often you want to wash the dishes before they go into the dishwasher. If you keep the 120cm distance, you don't have to take a step. In addition, your kitchen floor is spared from dripping dirty water.

# 9: The distance to the dining area decides about broken pieces and dirt on the floor

If there is a passage between the dining area and the kitchen, this should be at least 70cm.

But remember: The dining area should not be too far away from the kitchen. Because long distances increase the probability of throwing something down or pouring it out on the way.

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# 10: Consider the width of the kitchen door to avoid damaging the new kitchen

The area behind the kitchen door should be left out when planning. At least as wide as the kitchen door.

If that is not possible, you should at least not plan any pull-outs in this "zone" - dishwashers or ovens are also less suitable here.

Imagine leaving a drawer open in front of the locked kitchen door. Suddenly your children run into the kitchen from outside and open the kitchen door with a swing. This crashes on the pull-out and damages it in the process.

You can avoid this by including the refrigerator in the area behind the kitchen door, for example. This is usually closed again quickly and is thus better protected from damage.

Do you have any questions? Contact our kitchen professionals

With this article we hope to have given you a good overview of the most important distances in kitchen planning.

But please keep in mind that the stated distances are guidelines and are intended as a guide. Your individual kitchen planning is of course based on the amount of space you have, your ideas and habits when using the kitchen.

If you have any questions, we will be happy to clarify them in a non-binding initial consultation in an olina kitchen studio near you.

Sincerely,

Your olina team

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