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The standard height for kitchen worktops is 90 to 95 centimetres. If the island is also for dining and you wish to have dining chairs or a bench rather than stools, you can design a two-level island with the lower one at 75 centimetres of height. 6 things to consider when designing a kitchen island
Disadvantages of mattA surface with a matt finish absorbs light as opposed to reflecting it. This results in a more muted look. You should also note that, because matt-finish cabinet fronts don’t reflect any light, they won’t help to make your space feel any bigger, if that’s what you are trying to achieve. Matt finish cabinet fronts are not quite as easy to clean as gloss cabinets are, because the matt surface isn’t as smooth. Even so, they are not difficult to clean. Again, use a microfibre cloth, which won’t ever scratch your cabinets. If you are choosing a laminate material for your cabinet fronts, ensure that you check out samples carefully and that the material preferably has a smooth flat finish. Some matt-finish laminates have a texture to them, and this makes them slightly more difficult to clean as a textured finish will give dirt and dust more surface to stick to – but it shouldn’t stop you buying textured laminates as they can look spectacular in the kitchen. Ideally, choose a sparely textured surface with a low profile.9 cabinet and drawer hardware to know
4. Plan for safe designRather than waiting for problems with advancing age to kick in, think ahead before age makes the change necessary. Think of kitchen safety by ensuring that your kitchen is not a thoroughfare, as congestion only creates opportunities for collisions and accidents. Allow an aisle of at least 1 metre between built-ins for a single user, 1.2 metres for two users and for wheelchair access, 1.5 metres.Things you can do now to future-proof your home as you age
Similarly in this example, the ‘accent’ cabinets in the middle complement the wood tone to the floors and island counter extension, so the palette doesn’t get muddy. You can see how the lower cabinets, tall cabinets and deep uppers don’t give a natural breaking point to change materials, so they look best as one seamless plane in charcoal.
9. Vary countertop heightWhile the standard kitchen countertop height is about 90 centimetres, there are many tasks that are more comfortably performed on a lower or higher surface. This is especially true for those who are taller or shorter than average. Typically you want your forearms to be at or near level when you’re working at the countertop. But for us tall folks, that’d require a surface height of 107 centimetres or more – a difficult height for kids or shorter members of the household to use. The solution is to set up areas with differing countertop heights to accommodate the various statures of the users and their tasks. Extra storage room in the cabinet underneath is an additional upside to taller work surfaces.TELL USWhat cabinetry features have made your kitchen easier and more comfortable to work in? Share in the Comments below. MOREBrowse more kitchen designs
8. Eat-in kitchensSimilarly, eat-in kitchens – where cooking and eating are brought together in the same space – are also enjoying the spotlight. Whether it’s a breakfast nook, a bar extension to your kitchen island, or a cafe corner, eat-in kitchens encourage more social time.Eat-in kitchens are also a great solution for homes where you don’t really need (or often use) a dining area.Lessons from 5 small kitchens that encourage socialising