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Think in­side the box with our top tips for get­ting your kitchen de­sign just right

1 try to use the most ef­fi­cient work­ing tri­an­gle for the shape of your kitchen (see the Get Work­ing box over­leaf for de­tails) so you don’t end up walk­ing from one end of the room to the other just to get milk for your tea. 2 For cup­boards that open op­po­site each other, it’s a good idea to have at least a me­tre be­tween them when they’re open, to al­low peo­ple to pass through unim­peded. 3 Any kitchen, big or small will ben­e­fit from be­ing bright and open, so plan your light­ing well and keep tall units away from the win­dows to al­low in lots of nat­u­ral light. 4 Zone your kitchen so it works as ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble, keep­ing pans in a drawer be­low your hob or china and glass­ware close to your table, for in­stance. 5 Plan to have as many deep stor­age draw­ers as you can, rather than sim­ple cup­boards. that way you won’t have to get down on your hands and knees to see what’s at the back! 6 Use light-re­flect­ing ma­te­ri­als and ele­ments, such as pale­gloss cab­i­nets and light-coloured work­tops, to make the space in a small kitchen feel big­ger. 7 Place your dish­washer close to your sink to cre­ate a ded­i­cated wash­ing-up area. it’ll help pre­vent wa­ter splash­ing onto the floor when trans­fer­ring dirty dishes from one to the other. 8 Plan­ning to buy a fridge with a drink dis­penser? en­sure that you place it out of the main work­ing area of the kitchen so that chil­dren can help them­selves with­out get­ting un­der your feet. 9 if you’re adding un­der­floor heat­ing, make it as en­ergy ef­fi­cient as pos­si­ble by not run­ning it un­der cup­boards and free­stand­ing ap­pli­ances, such as fridges and cook­ers. 10 if you want to in­stall an is­land unit, check first whether your kitchen is large enough to take the unit by plac­ing a sim­ple paper tem­plate of it on the floor. test to see if you’ll have enough space to move around it eas­ily.

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