A highly functional and usable space like the kitchen calls for proper placement of all components, including its appliances. When prepping meals, it’s important that you can freely access all important points of the kitchen to maximize practicality. Large appliances such as a refrigerator and range are absolute necessities, of course, and sometimes other appliances such as a microwave, dishwasher, and toaster oven are non-negotiable components as well.

Yet while such items are necessary for preparing meals, they take up plenty of valuable space. That’s why selecting the proper arrangement for your appliances is crucial to maximize the space and keep it free of clutter.Here are some tips to optimal arrangement of your kitchen appliances.

Use the ‘Triangle’ Set-Up for Your Major Appliances

The major appliances of a kitchen include the refrigerator, range, and dishwasher. When arranging these pieces, a conventional triangle layout usually provides the most efficient arrangement. In the triangle layout, the refrigerator, dishwasher/sink, and range should be placed in a triangle fashion where each component is about 4 and 9 feet in length.

This will allow you to easily move around between each appliance as you prep your meals and clean. In most of cases, the sink and fridge are positioned next to each other while the range is placed across the space. That said, you can still personalize this triangle arrangement to suit the exact traits and dimensions of your kitchen if these three work areas are in close to each other. And remember your Sub Zero repair service Key Largo if your fridge ever starts showing signs of faltering.

Use Pull-Out Trays

If you’re not a fan of having appliances on your counter, you may want to consider housing them on a pull-out tray. These help you store things such as your toaster, blender, juicer, mixer, or other appliance inside a cabinet so they don’t take up any counter space. All you need to do is pull out the tray whenever the need arises to use a certain appliance.

Hang Your Microwave

Just about every household has a microwave these days, but they can take up a lot of space. Rather than putting your microwave on the countertop, install it under one of your cabinets so that you’re still able to use the counter space underneath for food preparation. The microwave might come with a wall mounting template to allow for easier installation. Many times, all that’s required is the attachment of a mounting plate to a wall stud, making it a rather straightforward DIY project.