Planning a kitchen successfully involves precise aesthetic aspects, but above all functionality. The composition of the different modules (base units, wall units, tall units and worktops) depends on three factors:
→The area available, i.e. the cubic metres and square metres of the room;
→ The position of doors and windows;
→Water and gas connections, electric sockets, radiators, air inlets and any other volumes.
In the case of modular and coordinated kitchens like those of Gentili Cucine, different heights for each individual element make it possible to adapt the kitchen furniture to the room and user’s needs.
To ensure greater safety and limit the risk of accidents, wall units should be less deep than base units. As a rule, the depth of base units is 60cm, whereas the depth of wall units is approximately 36.5cm, with an average distance between the two elements of 50 to 60cm.
All these indications are to be considered reference points, as the overall height of the kitchen must first guarantee ergonomics for those who use it.
The TIME programme by Gentili Cucine, for example, is a complete modular system applicable to kitchens. It includes floor-standing or suspended base units with modules featuring heights that go from 36 to 84cm every 12cm, three depths (36.5, 50 and 60) and 11 widths, with a choice of plinths measuring 6cm, 12cm or 15cm.
Wall units come with a depth of 36.5cm and heights of 36cm, 48cm, 60cm, 72cm, 96cm and 132cm. This wide range provides infinite configuration opportunities, so that the kitchen furniture not only adapts to the space available, but also, more importantly, to customer’s needs, achieving customised solutions for persons of non-standard heights or with impaired mobility, for example.
Other essential elements for a kitchen are tall units. Not so long ago they were mainly used for storing food, dishes or cleaning products, but now they are increasingly used to accommodate ovens or wine cabinets.
Gentili Cucine provides a range of solutions with depths of 36.5cm or 60cm, heights of 96cm, 132cm, 144cm, 204cm, 216cm, 228cm and plinths measuring 6cm, 12cm or 15cm.
To these can be added tall unit tops of 24cm, 36cm, 48cm or 60cm.These solutions can all be used to develop the kitchen in a variety of heights, due also to the availability of different types of cabinet doors, baskets and opening systems.
Tops and worktops come in several thicknesses and can be fitted flush with the base units or slightly protruding, usually by 1 or 3cm so that they do not hinder opening cabinet doors and drawers. If the kitchen is linear there is no particular indication for the length of the worktop, but it is advisable to keep a surface of at least 90cm of free work space, taking into account the size of a cooking hob and a sink unit with draining board.
However, for peninsula solutions, the minimum length recommended for tops is 120cm, forming a comfortable place for breakfast or a snack.
The dimensions of an island kitchen are linked to the space available. The standard height is usually 89cm, but different heights can be achieved with Gentili Cucine’s range of base units and plinths.
A fundamental aspect is the distance between the island and the other elements of the kitchen. A distance of 120cm is the optimum to create maximum ease of movement and the opening, even simultaneous, of cabinet doors, baskets, drawers and appliances such as dishwashers, for example.