Your Home by the Numbers: The Best Positioning for Items around the House
Equations are for more than just math class. Did you know there’s a proper order of operations for your home, too? Whether it’s arranging your couch and television for optimal viewing or making sure towel bars are within reach, knowing a few key numbers can help you determine the ideal place for each item in your home – creating spaces that look great and are easy-to-use.
Feel like you have too many cooks in the kitchen? Create an effective layout following the principles of the kitchen work triangle, and you’ll never feel cramped again. Comprised of your three main work areas – the stovetop, refrigerator and sink – the triangle should provide enough space to move around but not be so large that cooking is difficult. Keep these areas between four and nine feet apart for the most efficient use of space. To keep the kitchen flow going, ensure all other appliances are in proportion to one another, with complementary ones grouped together. For example, the sink and dishwasher should be no more than 36 inches apart to minimize the mess from wet dishes.
When you’re whipping up dinner, easy access to key kitchen areas is essential. Be sure to choose the correct faucet height so it’s in proportion with other fixtures and works with your layout. You don’t want a too-tall faucet that blocks your window or one so low it’s difficult to fill containers or pitchers.
Living Room Logarithm
Create a lounge space that is comfy and functional by ensuring your living room furnishings are in the ideal locations. Your couch and coffee table should be at least 18 inches apart to provide plenty of legroom, while chairs and sofas should be no more than 10 feet in distance so that seating is conducive to conversation.
Avoid eye strain while watching your favourite shows by positioning your television carefully. The larger your TV is, the more distance you should place between the screen and your couch. A good rule of thumb is 2 ¾ inches of space for every inch of diagonal screen size. However, the critical factor is your comfort – if you have to twist your head to see beloved movie moments, don’t be afraid to rearrange.
Perfectly Proportioned Bathroom
Functionality is key when it comes to grooming. Ensure your bathroom has plenty of space for personal care by making certain the layout provides proper clearance for doors, including cabinetry and shower stalls, and aim for at least 30 inches of space between the three major areas – tub or shower stall, sink and toilet. Toilets should range between 17 and 19 inches in height from floor to seat, with at least 18 inches of elbow room on the sides, while shower stalls should be 36 inches by 36 inches at minimum, with showerheads placed at a comfortable level for the individuals in your home.
Vanities with sinks should be about 36 inches high to provide ample room for shaving or makeup application. Avoid dripping hands by hanging towel bars in a spot that’s easy to reach, ideally right near the sink. Moen offers a range of accessories, such as towel rings, robe hooks and more, that are easy to install. A great example is the Arris collection, which offers industrial-inspired design details that perfectly match the coordinating bath suite comprised of lavatory faucets, showerheads, tub fillers and more.
Now that you know the numbers, you’ll find it’s simple to create spaces that improve how your home and life functions – no arithmetic required.