A kitchen counter is an important part of the cooking area. Creating a safe kitchen counter design is useful to prevent risks such as health conditions and cooking accidents. Even if you don’t have a large or super busy kitchen, following the safety guide will ensure your safety (and your family members).
Work Triangle and Kitchen Counter Design
A good kitchen must have unobstructed work triangle, which is a working area where foot traffic does not cross. In this area, you must be able to work on the ingredients, cook on the stove, use the sink, and operate the oven in seamless movements. Other people should not be able to interrupt when you are working in this area.
When designing a kitchen counter, make sure to determine how you will move around in the kitchen. Clear the are around the main countertop, stove, oven, and sink. Place the refrigerator away from work triangle, since someone could open it while you are cooking. An ideal work triangle should have a cumulative length of 4000 to 6000 mm.
Ideal Sink, Stove, and Dishwasher Placement
An ideal kitchen counter must have ample space on both sides of the sink and dishwasher. If you install a sink near the corner, there must be at least 300 mm of space between the sink and the corner. However, a dishwasher needs at least 500 mm of space. You must also provide enough space to stand and pull out the dishwasher rack.
The same thing applies to a stove. When you plan to place a stove in the middle of the kitchen counter, leave at least 300 mm of working space on both sides. If you install a stove hood, there must be at least 400 mm of space between the hood and the stove/countertop.
Tips to Install Safe Kitchen Counter
When you are building a new house or kitchen, don’t hesitate to discuss it with a reliable contractor. Consider the foot traffic in the house and the intensity of kitchen activities. They will determine the details of kitchen counter design, and how many adjustments you must make to keep the kitchen safe.