15 important tips

15 important tips

To those of you who are planning a new kitchen

Do you know of the work triangle?
What should be the distance between the base cabinets and wall cabinets?
Why is it important to think about where the coffee maker and toaster will be placed in the planning stage?

1. Measuring

Measure the room where the kitchen will be placed, including the ceiling height.

Then, draw your kitchen in a planning tool. We recommend using our free kitchen planner at: scandinavianshakerkitchen.com/kitchen-planner

Also, remember to mark the doors, windows, and any other factors that may affect the room.

2. The work triangle

Start planning the three points that make up the work triangle in the kitchen: stove, sink, and refrigerator/freezer. These three points should not be too far apart, while the work surface between the stove and sink is used the most, so don’t have too short a distance between these! Place the dishwasher and sink next to each other. Place the dishwasher on the side where it is least in the way. Remember that the door takes up space when it’s open.

3. Wall cabinets

Between the base cabinet and wall cabinet, there should be at least 50 cm. If you want to avoid a “dust shelf” on top of your wall cabinets, you can let the wall cabinets go all the way up to the ceiling. The gap is covered with a crown molding.

Green Scandinavian Shaker Kitchen
4. Extra wood & marginS

To easily open doors and drawers on the cabinets closest to the wall, leave 2-3 cm between the cabinet and wall and add a spacer. Between a refrigerator/freezer and the wall, it may require up to 8 cm for the door to be properly opened.

Light green Scandinavian Shaker Kitchen
5. Materials

“What materials do you want your kitchen to be made of? If you want your kitchen to last long, it might be wise to choose a material that can be maintained and repaired in the future, such as solid wood. It is much harder to repair a particle board kitchen. When damage occurs to a particle board, moisture easily seeps in, causing the board to absorb the moisture and swell. A solid wood kitchen can be maintained to a much greater extent.”

6. Choice of colour

It’s best to try painting a surface in the room where the kitchen will be placed. This way, you can get a better idea of what the result will be like. A color is perceived differently depending on the amount of light in the room, where it is located, and the shade of the floor, ceiling and furniture in the room.

Linoljefärg Skandinaviska Shakerkök
7. Type of paint

Please make sure to carefully choose the properties of the color. We use linseed oil paint on our painted surfaces, which is hand-painted. It is a paint that is free from plastic and gentle on the kitchen, and does not peel off. If you want to repaint in the future, it is easy, simply apply new linseed oil paint.

8. Appliances

It is common to integrate a dishwasher, as well as a refrigerator and freezer. There are also cabinet options for integrating an oven and microwave, but for these two appliances the appliance’s own front will be visible. There are two different ways to mount a cabinet door onto a refrigerator or freezer, with sliding rails or “door-on-door”. The second option is more stable since the doors are mounted directly onto each other.

Beslag Skandinaviska Shakerkök
9. Knobs & handles

 A knob has a smaller gripping area compared to a handle. Therefore, for a heavier drawer or door (such as a front for a dishwasher), it can be beneficial to have a handle. This makes it easier to use the entire or a larger part of the hand to open heavier doors and drawers.

Light gray Scandinavian Shaker Kitchen
10. Countertop

Choose the countertop that you think fits best in your home, thinking both in terms of style and practicality. Today, there is a wide variety of options available, including wood, stone, and composite materials.

11. Cutlery Dividers

Good drawer organizing makes it easy to get an overview of the contents of your drawers. It’s good to sort items such as cutlery, knives, kitchen utensils, and spices.

Creme colored 1920s old-fashioned Kitchen from Scandinavian Shaker Kitchen

Good work lighting is important. It should be directed downwards towards the work surface so that you can see well even during darker seasons.

13. Electricity

When it comes to electrical outlets, you can usually never have too many. Spread them out so you can plug in household appliances such as a toaster, coffee maker, mixer, and kettle where they are best suited. Remember that machines that give off steam or heat should not be placed under a wall cabinet.

14. Take care of your kitchen

Don’t forget to take care of your kitchen! Use appropriate cleaning products and don’t wait too long to wipe up spills and stains. If you take good care of your kitchen, it will stay in good condition for many years to come.

15. Have patience

A good kitchen can take time to plan. Consider the needs to create the optimal kitchen for your home. Perhaps wall cabinets are needed to fit all the tableware? Even though the trend is to have no wall cabinets. When your kitchen is in place, all the planning and waiting will be worth the effort. After all, it’s not often that everyone gets to experience a kitchen renovation.