How to choose kitchen furniture

Ease of access

In the jargon of stove lovers we talk about the rule of the triangle of activity : in practice it means that your fridge, the oven and the sink must be arranged in order to reduce as much as possible your movements . The ideal arrangement is that of parallel lines: on one side the hot space (oven / cooking plates), and on the other the cold space (fridge / sink). 
It is not you that you have to adapt to the kitchen , but it is the kitchen that must adapt to you! 

If you are not a basketball player, it is better to choose low elements, if you are tall, give preference to wall cabinets or base cabinets (especially for sink and work space). If you can not bend as you once did to reach the lower shelves, remember to choose the appropriate accessories to make life easier (furniture swiveling in the corners, removable low compartments to reach what is stored there without having to put on all fours etc.).

Work space always uncluttered

Depending on the shape and size of your kitchen you should arrange the furniture in order to always keep a large and functional work space for cooking and supporting your dishes. The chef’s advice: choose a worktop that is deeper than basic furniture to create the space necessary for the passage of electric pipes and cables .

Easy maintenance

Every cook, from the most expert to the beginner, will find himself fighting with the frying oil splashes and the sauces that stain the poor kitchen furniture ! For this reason it is better to choose easy to clean and resistant materials – a stroke of sponge and everything is back like new!

How to set up the kitchen and arrange the furniture

The arrangement of the furniture varies depending on the configuration of the kitchen. 
First you should:

  • check where the water, gas, electricity and drain pipes are located , to establish the layout of the appliances (in particular for the extractor hood , excluding the models with recirculation);
  • measure the space used to house the furniture;
  • establish the shape of your kitchen .
Once you have all this data clear you can start designing the furniture installation. 
An important detail: usually the cupboards are intended for foodstuffs , while the elements on the ground receive dishes and accessories for the preparation of meals (pots, pans, small appliances, etc.).
Configuration

Long and narrow kitchen

Wall units and base cabinets on one wall .

Medium-sized kitchen

You prefer the L-shaped arrangement, ie with a corner on two walls.

Large kitchen

You can opt for the central island that usually includes the cooking space.

U-shaped kitchen

You can arrange the elements on three walls or on two walls and a peninsula . It is the ideal arrangement if you have a closed kitchen or with an open entrance to the living room (open kitchen).

Furniture: to each his style (and his budget!)

The structure of the base cabinets is standard (18 mm thick plywood), but you can always indulge in the choice of fronts, surfaces, side panels and worktop . 

On the market you can find a wide range of materials to give the style you want to your kitchen.

The ant

The excellent material of the 70s kitchens is back in fashion! As the laminate is durable and easy to clean . 

Unfortunately, it is a material little used by the manufacturers, we must take a little ‘to get it! 

Most people get rid of this kind of furniture because they have a too retro style, and therefore you can find them at very affordable prices ! In addition, the recycled ant furniture is also healthier , as after a few years the recomposed wood panels no longer emit polluting substances. Of the ant we can appreciate the robustness and the retro style(even if it is difficult to find furniture in good condition); among the disadvantages we remember the tendency to scratch and break with the passage of time. 

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