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Dining rooms are an invaluable part of your home. Whether you’re throwing a party and hosting a business gathering, having a more formal dining area gives your home a much-needed space for elegance and prestige.
Kitchen Nook Design and Placement
For convenience, kitchen nooks are the best choice for placing a nook in your home. Family dining too frequently leads to arguments and grumbling about setting and clearing the table. There’s no guarantee your teenage son or daughter is going to suddenly become cooperative, but the shorter the distance from the kitchen nook to the kitchen sink the easier the dining chores become.
If you don’t have the room directly in your kitchen, chances are you have a place near your kitchen that will accommodate a dining nook and will still give you the benefits of keeping your family dining area separate from your dining room. Many homes have open spaces near the kitchen that aren’t confined by a narrow doorway. Near your bay window can be the perfect place for a dining nook. The angles of the window may cause a traditional kitchen nook to look awkward. A more rounded bench that still approximates the same dining atmosphere can be specifically designed for your home.
Benefits of an Extra Dining Area
You may fear that you’ll never use your dining room and, it’s true, a kitchen nook may probably reduce your use of the room. On the other hand, it’s never a bad idea to have extra dining space. Your kitchen nook can help ensure you have enough seating for family parties and can act as a buffet table for more intimate gatherings. If you haven’t invested in building a home office already, a few minor alterations can turn your dining room into a viable working space.
As much as the kitchen nook may help bring your family together, the extra table is a good idea for more than just food presentation. It will enable different family activities to go on without fighting for space. Whether it’s playing poker, board games, a working space or just a place to sit and talk, your spouse and kids don’t have to fight over where they can hang out with their friends. It sounds simple enough but, a kitchen nook can be an excellent conduit for communication and peaceful coexistence for everybody in your household.
Here are some ideas to inspire the perfect kitchen nook.
A nook is a cozy space designed to provide an intimate meal space for just two or four people. Generally a breakfast nook is tucked away in the corner of a kitchen or within a bay window. If possible, start by adding a padded window seat. This provides you with a great opportunity to show some personality and add some color to your space with an interesting fabric pattern and a few charming pillows.
Next, choose a table. Remember, a breakfast nook is supposed to be small and quaint, so you won’t need a table rivaling the size of your dining room set-up. Generally a nook is not a place for entertaining guests, so a small café table should suffice. Arrange two or three small chairs around the table opposite the window set. If you do not have a window seat, you may choose to add more chairs. However, remember that a breakfast nook can also be one-sided.
Lastly, when decorating your breakfast nook, remember that it does not necessarily need to look like anextension of your existing kitchen decor. As long as it complements the rest of the space, it’s okay to add different colors, patterns and textures to give the space its own identity. In the end, your breakfast nook should be the perfect place to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a good book.
The kitchen is the most used room in the house. At parties, guests seem almost magnetically drawn to the kitchen. That’s where the food and drinks are, so this makes sense. But before they arrive, when you’re cooking, is your work triangle like the Bermuda Triangle? The work triangle refers to the triangle created between the stove, refrigerator and the sink. Of course all of these areas would be useless without a countertop to work on but still.
Determine the Dimensions
To make the most of your triangle, separate your work stations with the least amount of steps, but with the proper amount of work space. That means the distance between any two appliances should be no less than 3 feet and no more than 7 feet. Total sides of the kitchen work triangle measure no less than 12 feet.
Consider a Galley Layout
In a galley kitchen layout, food is taken from the refrigerator, prepared by the sink and then moved to the range or microwave area for cooking. The aisle in a galley kitchen should measure no less than 4 feet and no more than 6 feet. The dining area is typically located at one end, which helps contain activity at meal time.
Get the Most Efficient Design
The most efficient design is the L-shaped kitchen. This is where two adjacent walls form a natural triangle. This layout offers flexibility in arrangement of kitchen space. If space permits, consider adding an island. This will minimize the work triangle, help define traffic patterns and create a gathering spot.
If you’re limited on space, use a small rolling cart or install a peninsula for an extra work area. If space permits, think about placing a sink and dishwasher or cooktop on the side of the island closest to the work core. The other side can be used to create an eat-up bar.
Work Triangle Basics
Long ago, when designers started paying attention to how kitchens function day-to-day, they realized there was a natural triangle of traffic for whoever was doing the cooking. Through years of research they discovered some figures and principles of sound kitchen design.
No one side of the triangle should be greater than nine feet or less than four feet.
The triangle should not be interrupted by traffic or cabinetry.
The perimeter of the triangle should measure no more than 26 feet and no less than 12 feet.
Getting Started With Your Work Triangle
Get a tape measure and define the actual sides and perimeter of your kitchen work triangle.
- Determine how easy it is to work in your kitchen. If you think it is anything but easy, decide why that is. Are your components too far apart or too close? Is the traffic a mess? Are there islands or cabinets in your way?
- Take stock of the items that could be moved or removed with little expense or effort.
Decide on your budget. Do you have the budget for a total kitchen remodel or only for a small redesign that will help you work better in the kitchen?