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Practical Ideas to Make Your Fitted Kitchen a Manageable Workspace, Part 2

Ventilation, lights, and sockets are important to consider when designing your kitchen. How essential these are to your kitchen will highly depend on the available space you have. For instance, ventilation is more important for a tightly, sealed kitchen than a wide, draughty one and more sockets are needed for a big kitchen than a narrow one. Aisles, storage, and fire safety will also be affected by how you manage space in your kitchen. After all, when you get your new kitchen, you want to hit the ground running.

 

 

Aisles

 

Or not. Especially when you don't have enough space to run or even walk around your kitchen without bumping into the counter or someone else. Having enough aisle width is like having a wide countertop – you can move around comfortably without having to worry if you have space for whatever you need. Having wide aisles will let you open cabinet, cupboard, oven, and fridge doors without obstructing someone's path.

 

Walkways or passages with one counter or appliances on one side should at least be 36 inches wide for one person to work comfortably. On the other hand, work aisles or passages with counters or appliances on both sides should at least be 42 inches for a kitchen run by one person but 48 inches for a kitchen run by two.

 

Storage

 

Having enough space for your walkways and work aisles is as important as having enough space for storage. With space for appliances and furnishings to reserve, it's difficult to have time to think about space for future storage. But having space for anything you will need for prepping food is as important as having ingredients to make food. After all, food won't come out of nowhere (unless you're in the Great Halls of Hogwarts, of course) so you shouldn't have nowhere to keep your ingredients and cooking utensils either.

 

Fire Safety

 

Another thing that won't come from nowhere is fire. Hot pads or hand towels near the hob can be common causes of fires in kitchens. Although almost all houses these days have a sprinkler system, having at least one fire extinguisher in your kitchen is a good safety measure. Other precautions to minimize fire hazards in your kitchen are:

 

   ·      unplug appliances that aren't being used

   ·      unplug or replace appliances with old or faulty wiring

   ·      don't use metal cookware in the microwave as these can cause sparks, which in turn can                   cause fire

   ·      keep hot pads, hand towels, curtains, and other flammable material from the hob

   ·      don’t leave anything cooking unattended

 

Space. One thing that affects aisles, storage, and fire safety in your kitchen, and that can make a difference between a manageable and inconvenient kitchen. Use our free comparison service to find a fitted kitchen that meets all your spacing needs and more.

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