Kitchen Design Ideas

Written by: Erica Spangler
Design Specialist
(800) 375-3403



Design a Workable Kitchen Space

Work Center

  • Begin with the sink
  • 18 - 30 inches on one side
  • 48 - 54 inches on the other
  • At least 12 inches to corners

Cooking Center

  • Begin with the range or cooktop
  • 12 inches on one side
  • 15 - 24 inches on the other

Storage Center

  • Begin with the fridge
  • 15 - 18 inches of counter space
  • Make space to set items down

Preparation Center

  • The largest counter space
  • 42 - 84 inches of free counter space
  • Serving center 36 inches plus


The Infamous Work Triangle

The kitchen triangle helps moving throughout the kitchen as easy as possible. Keep your workflow moving comfortably between your prep area, your cooking area and your storage areas for optimal flow.

L Shape

  • Space for an island
  • Great for kitchens with windows

Corridor Shape

  • Great for entertaining
  • Separates two large working areas

U Shape

  • More counter space
  • Great for sitting and serving areas

Gallery Shape

  • Great for smaller kitchens
  • All work spaces are on one wall


Ventilate Properly

Ensure that you have enough power to remove grease and cooking smoke. The power is measured by cubic feet per minute.

CFM by Kitchen Size
120 CFM for 60 sq. ft.
225 CFM for 110 sq. ft.
325 CFM for 160 sq. ft.
400 CFM for 220 sq. ft.


Illuminate Your Space

Incorporate Three Types of Kitchen Lighting

This example offers pendants for task lighting over prep and serving areas. While the recessed lighting and range hood lighting offers an ambient lighting experience. Three types of illumination will ensure that the kitchen has enough light for all of your kitchen tasks.


Make Your Kitchen Remodel Happen

Check out this Before and After Remodel

Click through to see how Gary remodeled his kitchen to meet his personal style. His full kitchen remodel transforms into a great looking modern dream.

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