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When de­sign­ing the lay­out of the kitchen re­mem­ber the phrase work tri­an­gle. This is the tri­an­gle is formed be­tween the cook­ing range, sink and the re­frig­er­a­tor. No leg of the tri­an­gle should be more than 9ft and less than 4ft. The to­tal sum of the three legs should not ex­ceed 26ft. “Over the years, kitchens have moved up the lad­der in pri­or­ity more than any other room in the house. There­fore, lay­outs very im­por­tant,” says Dug­gal. Kitchens are di­vided into four main ar­eas or zone, cook­ing, wash­ing, prepa­ra­tion and stor­age. Re­mem­ber, a well bal­anced kitchen keeps all these pa­ram­e­ters in mind.


Ac­cord­ing to Dug­gal, if you en­ter­tain of­ten, an is­land kitchen is prefer­able, whereas if the space is smaller go for an L-shaped kitchen. “How­ever, for large kitchens with work top going around the kitchen, a rec­tan­gu­lar space is the best op­tion. But cre­at­ing the right space with ad­e­quate stor­age is the key in­gre­di­ent in a kitchen,” he adds. The gal­ley, or cor­ri­dor style kitchen has two straight runs on ei­ther side. Typ­i­cally the sink is on one side and the cook­ing range is on the other. Only draw­back is traf­fic flow. The L-shaped lay­out of­fers more pri­vacy, add an is­land if you want to in­ter­act with peo­ple while cook­ing. U-shaped of­fers max­i­mum stor­age and counter space. Ex­perts at Pep­per­fry’s Man­giamo Kitchens say that straight, U-shaped, par­al­lel and L-shaped are very pop­u­lar and in de­mand these days.


“Like Europe, the In­dian kitchen is be­com­ing the cen­tre of home life and en­ter­tain­ment. There­fore, con­cepts like open and is­land kitchens with a small cof­fee ta­ble or din­ing set-up are gain­ing tremen­dous pop­u­lar­ity,” says Juer­gen Wolf, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Hafele In­dia.


“In­te­gra­tion of built-in ap­pli­ances in an ex­ist­ing kitchen re­quires some amount of back-work (es­pe­cially if the kitchen is not mo­du­lar). It fol­lows the same de­sign­ing prin­ci­ples of mo­du­lar kitchens where the cabi­net heights and depths are stan­dard while the width can vary as per customer re­quire­ments,” says Wolf. Most of the built-in ap­pli­ances avail­able in the mar­ket are in stan­dard sizes as per the cabi­net mo­d­ules. PRICE `20,000 on­wards (ap­pli­ances)

An L-shaped open kitchen from Homes­tu­

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