When creating unique and beautiful kitchen spaces, there are certain guidelines necessary optimize function and comfort. The true art of kitchen design is the ability to create the functionality of the space within the unique and beautiful design elements we choose. Here are some helpful guidelines we use when designing kitchen spaces.
Our Kitchen Design Guidelines
Bar Stools: It’s important to get out your tape measure and verify the height of your bar in order to find the right stools. It’s best to choose seating that will allow 9-12 inches from the seat to the counter surface.
Distance between stools: Allow 28-32 inches for each seating space or about 5 inches between seats depending on stool width.
Distance from counter to counter: A minimum of 36 inches between counters allows for comfortable traffic flow, although 42-48 inches is even more conducive to traffic flow.
Distance from counter to cabinet: 15-18 inches is the standard distance to allow between the counter and upper cabinet.
Desk height: 30 inches seems to be a comfortable desk height for most people, although it may vary by an individual’s height. Having your arms at a 90 degree angle when sitting at the desk is a good rule of thumb.
Counter height: Standard counter height is 36 inches while standard bar height is 42 inches.
Lighting: Pendant lights above the sink and bar not only provide nice design feature of layered lighting but also serve a functional purpose. They should typically be placed 28-34 inches above the counter or 6 feet from the floor. 30-40 inches above the sink seems to create the optimal lighting.
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