Planning Solid Oak Kitchens: Important Measurements and Positioning
When you are first planning your kitchen, it is very important to make sure that you make the most of all available space, whilst not falling into a design trap that will make solid oak kitchens unusable.
There are a number of important measurements and things to consider whilst you are planning, so we recommend following the advice in this guide to assist your kitchen design process.
The area between your hob and sink is often the best place to prepare food. Make sure that you have at least 80cm of worktop space between them for comfortable food preparation.
Allow plenty of room between opposite rows of wood cabinets or a kitchen island. We recommend a 120cm gap to allow cabinet doors to be open simultaneously without touching.
Give your hob plenty of space either side, so that you can take hot pans off or easily place them on a pan stand or a set of stainless steel hotrods. A cluttered area around the hob can be dangerous.
Place your hob and oven in separate locations to make cooking more efficient. It especially helps if more than one person is cooking at the same time. Positioning your oven at eye-level also helps to reduce the need for bending down to take pans in and out.
Position a dishwasher close to the sink and draining board to make it easier to load and unload, whilst also avoiding spills. It will also be easier to plumb in if close to sink pipework.
Use solid oak kitchen pilasters between a cabinet and the wall to ensure there is enough room to open drawers and doors fully. It is especially important if your cabinet has pull-out wire baskets, or if the wall isn’t straight.
To secure your kitchen island to the kitchen floor, we recommend creating a sturdy frame using kitchen unit plinths, to which you can then mount the cabinets required to create your island.
When considering the position of your hob or range cooker, make sure that you have enough space to mount the extractor hood at the recommended height above the hob. We sell smaller bridging wooden wall cabinets to make use of space either side of an extractor flue.