The kitchen is known as being the heart of the home, so there is a lot of pressure to get a Melbourne kitchen design right. Having a kitchen design layout that is as functional as it is beautiful is important when it comes to having a long-lasting kitchen. The best way to ensure that your kitchen ticks both boxes is ample planning.


Any Melbourne kitchen design can be an overwhelming process. That’s why we at Zesta Kitchens have put together a quick list of top considerations to be made when planning your new kitchen layout.


1. Functionality


The functionality of your kitchen should be at the core of every step of your Melbourne kitchen design. A functional kitchen will address all of your needs, including:

  • Appliances and their placement (including their dimensions)
  • Storage (shelving, cabinetry, drawers, etc.)
  • Benchtop space
  • Organisation options (including cabinetry and drawer options)
  • Water, gas and electrical outlet placement

This may seem a bit overwhelming at first. But as you progress through the next couple of steps, it will become more clear how things will be arranged to give you the best kitchen possible for your home and lifestyle.


2. Flow


Flow is an often overlooked consideration when it comes to kitchen design. How your kitchen flows will determine how you are able to prepare meals, and how you and others in the home will be able to use it.  It will also have a major impact on how well it functions.

One example of “flow” is the working triangle which we’ve touched upon a bit in the past. This triangle defines where your stove, sink, and fridge should be placed so that each can be easily accessed. It’s a good rule to go by, though it isn’t by any means a hard and fast rule due to the increased number of appliances now appearing in Melbourne kitchens. 

Another is the sink and dishwasher placement. The natural flow of doing dishes makes this one an easy one: the kitchen sink should be about an arm’s length away from a dishwasher for easy cleaning.

Then there is another example of flow regarding space between cabinets and island benches. Ideally, there should be enough space available to allow two people to pass by without uncomfortably bumping into one another, which brings us to the next point:


3. Floor Space


Australian homeowners now want large and inviting kitchens. Sometimes this may involve breaking down a wall or two to open up the area and build out your Melbourne kitchen design so that it flows well and is more functional.

Let’s go back to that working triangle as an example of floor space. Many home designers recommend that the sum of the three distances between the stove, the oven, and the refrigerator be no more than approximately 8 metres and that the triangle is no larger than 1.5 metres. While this isn’t an exact science, it’s important to keep in mind how much space you’re working with when planning your kitchen.


Melbourne Kitchen Design Knows No Bounds with Zesta Kitchens.


There are some best practices when it comes to kitchen design. But that doesn’t mean that they will work well for your home and lifestyle.

That’s why Zesta Kitchens offers complimentary in-home kitchen design consultations. We’ll be physically present in your kitchen space while chatting with you about what you want from your kitchen and how you want it to perform so we can help you design the best kitchen possible for your home.


We invite you to call us today to explore your Melbourne kitchen design options on 1300 100 555.