How to Get the Right Kitchen Design in Philadelphia

So is there a right kitchen design in Philadelphia?  Yes there is or at least there are some guidelines that should be followed.  The guidelines are published and publicized by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).  There are a total of 31 guidelines for Kitchen Design in Philadelphia or in any other city.

What are some of these kitchen guidelines for kitchen design?  Here are some of my favorites.

  1. The doorway should be a minimum of 32” wide.
  2. In a kitchen with 3 work centers or triangle (cooking, refrigeration and sink) the sum of the these traveled distances should total no more than 26’ with no single leg of the triangle measuring less than 4’ nor more than 9’.
  3. kitchen-work-triangleThe width of a work aisle (space between counters parallel to each other) should be at least 42” for one cook and at least 48” for multiple cook.  Measure between the counter frontage, tall cabinets, and/or appliances.
  4. Behind seating where there is no traffic behind, allow 32” of clearance from the counter/table edge to the wall.  If traffic passes behind the seated diner, allow at least 44’ to walk past.
  5. Tables (30” high) should allow for 24” wide and 18” deep for knee space; counters (36”) allow same 24” wide and 15” for knee space; high counters (42”) again allow for 24” wide and then 12” for knee space.
  6. If the kitchen has just one sink put it between the cooktop/range and refrigerator.
  7. Next to sink have a section of countertop 36” wide by 24” deep for the primary prep area for meals.
  8. Around the cooktop/range have at least 12” of space on one side and 15” of countertop on the other side.  If the cooktop/range is in a peninsula or island make sure there is 9” of space behind the cooktop/range for safety reasons.
  9. The minimum recommended strength of the ventilation system is 150 CFM.

For more information about the NKBA, see their website at .  There is some great information for homeowners looking for their perfect kitchen design in Philadelphia.  Teknika Design Group,, is a member of NKBA so you can expect us to know all 31 guidelines.  To see some of the kitchens we have created using these guidelines, see .

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