When designing  your own kitchen, planning is everything. The lifetime of a typical kitchen is 10-15 years, so any mistakes will be there as a daily reminder.

Seeing new kitchens is a daily experience when you're a cabinetmaker, so when I built my kitchen I wanted to take all that I'd learned and showcase it.

Here are the 5 design ideas that a lot of people miss when designing their kitchen.

1. Gap sizes

The typical gap sizes for dishwashers is 600mm wide x 600mm deep. The height of all dishwashers will sit underneath a standard 900mm high kitchen bench top. Which means most of them will be around 870mm. 

Depending on the dishwasher you buy it may only need a cold water inlet, a sewerage outlet and a power point nearby. Most dishwashers will heat their own water so there is no need to run both hot and cold water to one. The easiest way to do this is to put the dishwasher nearby to the sink so you don't have to worry about running two lots of water to your kitchen.

Stand alone ovens are 600mm deep, but the width can change depending on how much you want to spend on your oven. Most are 600m or 900mm wide, this is a specific size so this is the size you need to leave to fit one in between you kitchen cupboards. 

2. Stand alone ovens

People prefer stand alone ovens (like myself) because you can clean all the way around them if you need to, they also seem to have more features. They are mostly electric oven and gas hot plate these days, so you will need to run both services to the oven. Because ovens draw so much power (15 amps instead of 10) they need to have a dedicated line from the switchboard and a special outlet for the oven only (Australian Standards). An electrician must install this.

The Oven and Dishwasher GapCredit: Christopher D Brown

In the picture you can see the gaps I have left for the oven and dishwasher. Here the oven is too close to the wall, it obstructs the Wok when placed on the Wok burner. If your oven is near a wall (not recommended) a good idea is to leave at least 100mm (4 inches) so you can use your hot plate unobstructed.

Microwave holeCredit: Christopher D Brown

3. Where to put the Microwave?

This is a microwave that has been left a gap in the kitchen cabinets. The gap is for a smaller microwave which leaves more room for the air to flow. Sometimes when we cook rice there is a lot of steam around the back of the unit. You could install a solar fan if you are having this problem.

Bottle rackCredit: Christopher D Brown

4. Bottle rack, an excellent space saver.

Wine or bottle rack saves so much space. Typically above the fridge there is a cupboard which doesn't get moved much. The bottle rack houses all the wine and soft drink bottles that we don't want in the fridge, saving a lot of shelf space.

Slow Close HingeCredit: Christopher D Brown

5. Soft closing

For something extra,  you can buy slow close door hinges. This means that when you close the door it won't slam, it will close slowly every time. It doesn't cost much extra, and  you can get a similar system for drawers too.

Many hardware stores and kitchen manufacturers have display kitchens which can help you get ideas for your kitchen design. 

Thank for reading.