How to Avoid Kitchen Traffic Jams
High traffic areas of the home such as the kitchen have to be designed to optimize the space. That’s why the flow is important when designing or remodeling the kitchen. To ease traffic in the kitchen, keep these helpful tips in mind:
Add an Island
One of the best kitchen layouts to clear traffic jams is an open kitchen with an island. Because there are no closed corners, family and guests can circulate freely without being stuck in a corner.
Dedicated Work Aisles and Walkways
The kitchen must feature walkways that are at least 36 inches wide and a minimum of 42 inches for work aisles. This way, your kitchen can accommodate several cooks without them bumping into each other. For larger kitchens, we recommend a wider space for work aisles (55 inches and above) to free up more room for cooking.
Sleek Cabinetry and Shelving
Optimizing the space is a priority in order to ease the traffic, so try not to clutter the layout with obstructive cabinetry and shelving. Make sure the cabinets are not running into each other when all the drawers and doors are open. The cabinet doors should move freely without bumping into a drawer, a door, or a person.
To provide a clear walkway in the kitchen, invest in compact appliances. Bulky appliances tend to get in the way because of their size. This affects the flow of the design. Bulky appliances eat up a lot of space so if you want to make the most out of your kitchen space, stick to sleeker appliances.
Clear Entry Points
Placement of the appliances and cabinetry is important to free space in a kitchen. Never place a bulky appliance or cabinet near the entry and exit points of the kitchen so people don’t bump around and hurt themselves as they come and go.
Dedicated Space for the Fridge
The refrigerator is probably your bulkiest kitchen appliance so do not place it in a high traffic area of the kitchen. The fridge takes up even more space when the door is open so you have to find a dedicated room for it so it does not block people. If the fridge is placed near the kitchen entrance, add a pantry cabinet near it to prevent people from bumping into the open refrigerator door.