A new kitchen is a great way to improve the look of your property, open up new possibilities, and potentially increase its value. A well-planned kitchen can also become a room that you and your family really love to spend time in. But getting it right will depend on a number of key sizes, measurements, and distances.
Worksurface and Appliance Heights
Many people never think about the height of their worktops and yet preparing food on surfaces that are too high or too low can be awkward and uncomfortable – in the long run it will not be great for your back either. Appliance heights are also worth thinking about. For example, housing microwaves and grills at eye level in wall cabinets will save you from constantly bending down to inspect your soufflés.
Position and Size of High Cupboards
Like worktop heights, there are a number of factors that you should consider when planning your wall units. Clearly if you are on not especially tall then wall units that start too high will be impracticable. Your kitchen designer should be able to show you the range of possibilities available so that the design is really tailored to you and the way you use your kitchen.
On the other hand, extending high cupboards right up to the ceiling can be a great way of gaining storage space if you are willing to keep a stepladder, stool, or Olympic rower (!) handy and to allocate that out-of-reach storage to occasional-use items and equipment.
An extractor fan has a very practical function and so needs to be set at a particular position relative to the hob. Manufacturer recommendations vary but most agree that the very minimum distance between the hob and the lowest part of the extractor hood should be somewhere in the 700-750mm range. The height of extractor fans should also be high enough to prevent you from hitting your head when cleaning the hob or attending to bubbling pans. If you want to avoid an extractor fan altogether and go for something a bit different then the bora range of cooktop extractors could be a great alternative and will really give your kitchen the wow factor.