Before You Start Your Kitchen Flooring Project
Designing and installing a kitchen floor is a big task. This usable space in residential and (or) commercial properties may be subjected to a lot of “traffic” movement every day or likely to be of great interest to your guest to your home.
There are many different ways in which you can design a kitchen floor using a floor plan. Other important considerations also include the types of tiles and floor mats to use on a new kitchen floor.
When you put your design on a kitchen floor plan, you have to think about a variety of factors. Unlike certain other rooms, a typical kitchen has several entryways.
For example, you might have to deal with doorways to pantries, laundry rooms, and the living room or dining room. These entrances and exits adversely add to unnecessary movements in the kitchen.
Consider The Space
More often than not, space is perhaps one of the most important factors to take special note of when designing the kitchen. Among, all the rooms in a residential or commercial property, the kitchen usually takes up the least amount of floor space and is often used disproportionately.
If you get the chance to redecorate your kitchen, take full advantage of the opportunity to optimize the limited space available and chose the best floor to use for the kitchen to go with it.
Space is a major consideration if you intend to put a kitchen island countertop in the middle of your floor. While these islands can be very helpful in providing additional workspace and storage, they threaten the comfort as well as the safety of the environment.
Safety is very important. While being one of the more cramped spaces in any setting, the kitchen is also the most hazardous. It probably has the most electrical and cooking appliances that generate a lot of heat.
However much of the original floor covering that you retain, you should also think about the potential difficulty in cleaning up. When people are not on their feet in a kitchen, they are often spent cleaning the kitchen floor.
The use of a quality kitchen floor covering would help to prevent regular wear & tear, in addition to minimizing stains. These coverings should also be easy to clean and safe.
How To Design the Kitchen Floor on a Floor Plan
• To start your design, acquire some graph paper, a tape measure, and a pencil.
• Prepare the graph paper with a uniform scale. It is best if your kitchen floor plan represents the actual kitchen floor with one square equaling 6 inches of space.
Indicate this scale at the top of the page. Take advantage of this scale by including a great deal of detail in your floor plan.
• Measure the dimensions of the kitchen carefully. No matter how many changes you are going to make, you still need to reference the original measurements.
Most important are the lengths of each wall. Measure the kitchen from wall to wall and not from countertop to countertop.
• Measure doorways, windows, and other important structures in your kitchen. Represent them accurately in the plan. Measure the height from floor to ceiling and indicate the result on your plan.
This will be useful data to have in one place as you design and plan your new kitchen floor and other features.
• Consider some of the possible overall layouts for your new kitchen. This includes both the design of the whole space as well as the choice of kitchen floor tiles and other kitchen floor covering.
Overall space usage and types of kitchen floor tiles to use are discussed in detail below.
• Before committing to the final design of your kitchen, always think through what are the appliances that you need. Even if you are just renovating the kitchen and want to keep some of the old appliances, it is always a good idea to find out more about each appliance.
Their exact measurements are a good starting point but you may also want to review data about warranties and power usage.
Kitchen Floor Plan Basics
The Work Triangle
This is the core space in any kitchen design. The classic work triangle in a kitchen is defined by the lines drawn between the sink, the refrigerator, and the stove and/or oven. While the ultimate dimensions are up to you, there is a classic standard for the distances and other relationships between these elements.
In order to maintain a reasonable amount of comfort, efficiency, and safety, each leg of the triangle should be at least four feet long. The maximum efficient length in a single-family residence should be no more than nine feet. The total lengths of the legs should never add up to more than 27 feet.
Ideally, the triangle should not experience a great deal of traffic. The legs of the triangle should not be interrupted by cabinets or other features of the kitchen, nor should any such feature block the view between these areas.
If these rules seem unlikely, abstruse, and difficult to follow, just look at any kitchen with which you are familiar. Except in the cases of single-wall kitchens, you will see that most follow or try to follow this rule. The most beautiful and efficient kitchens respect this rule unerringly.
Before you begin laying the kitchen floor, you should have conformed to these limitations with your design.
There are a few basic layouts with which you should be familiar. There are many variations to each of them but these basic arrangements are useful starting points for any kitchen work. Which one works for your kitchen will depend not only on your personal tastes but also on the basic structure of the building or home.
The L-shaped kitchen is the most commonly chosen for residences. It is efficient because it makes it easy to achieve the classic work triangle. This plan is also comfortable to use when the kitchen opens onto a casual space.
The U-shape is another common choice for residences but it can be problematic. From the design standpoint, it is easy to place the appliances too close together. The result is a sense of being trapped in one corner of the kitchen. This is why many kitchens have half-walls.
Some kitchens use the galley design. Like the U-shape design, this makes it easy to create the work triangle but it relieves you from feeling trapped in one corner with an additional exit.
This exit is not just a small door to the laundry. It is as large as the entrance and adjacent to another open space.
The P-shape could be a variation of either the U-shape or the L-shape. By extending the leg of the P out away from the rest of the kitchen and enclosing the main portion, some additional workspace is created or preserved. The space saved can be used for another room.
The island is a feature of the kitchen rather than a general layout. However, including or excluding an island can drastically change the effectiveness, safety, and comfort of your kitchen. You should always think carefully about installing an island.
The Best Floor For Kitchen
There are a wide variety of kitchen floor options with regard to the actual type of flooring that you use in a kitchen. One significant factor in any choice will be the price. However, it is not always the case since most kitchen floor covering isn’t any cheaper either. You have to match the layout of the floor with the Kitchen floor plan carefully.
Linoleum floors are well-known because they are inexpensive. However, that does not translate into cheap. These floors are actually natural rather than synthetic and are made from wood flour and resins. They are very versatile since they come in just about any color.
These floors are also easy to replace. This is worth thinking about because the average kitchen floor will take a beating. The one drawback is that they also wear much more easily than some of the other possible materials.
Vinyl should not be confused with linoleum though it occupies a similar price range. It can easily mimic flooring choices that are more expensive and easy to clean. However, it also suffers damage from cutting or scratching and it can fade quickly under strong sunlight.
An easy choice for almost any layout or house style is ceramic tile. The options in terms of color and appearance are virtually endless. These kitchen floor tiles are also very strong and resist physical damage.
However, these tiles are virtually guaranteed to shatter almost anything that you drop on them. Ceramic tiles are also very cold and may require kitchen floor mats for the sake of comfort.
Stone Kitchen Floor
Anyone can appreciate natural stone. There is a universal elegance associated with it. The underlying stone may be derived from different sources, such as slate or granite.
Stone is also extremely durable. The major drawback with stone is the difficulty involved in cleaning since there are many crevices to receive and trap dirt.
When people think of kitchen renovation, one of the first alternatives that they imagine is a solid wood floor. Besides their appearance, such a kitchen floor has several additional qualities that have great appeal.
For example, even after heavy traffic, wood floors develop a rich patina rather than display unsettling signs of wear. This material does scratch easily, though, and it is susceptible to spills.
Many people do not consider concrete as an option but rather a last resort. This used to be the case when concrete was only used in basements or in between carpet replacements. In some areas, it is accepted as a tasteful yet practical alternative.
Kitchen Floor Mats
Some of these tiles and coverings will probably require the use of floor mats. These coverings can keep your feet warm when the tiles are cold and also protect the wood from spills while you are washing dishes or preparing a meal.
As soon as the design of your kitchen is completed after you have put in a great time and effort, be sure to pick out the perfect floor covering for the kitchen floor. Spend some time thinking about how you will use other kitchen accessories to go along.
There you go. Do your homework thoroughly and carefully before you put your final design ideas on a kitchen floor plan.
Always bear in mind that your kitchen must be able to integrate with the rest of your house. Never design it to look good on its own, but make sure that it blends immaculately with the rest of your property.