- How to put the stove in the kitchen
How to put the stove in the kitchen
The arrangement of the kitchen begins with the placement of furniture. Proper placement guarantees safety and ease of use. Therefore, the installation of the stove requires care.
Determining the installation location of the slab
Functionality, ease of use, and service life of household appliances depend on the correct location. A kitchen set with a built-in stove is suitable for those who have already decided on the location of the equipment and ordered furniture taking into account the characteristics of the room.
Conventionally, the space in the kitchen can be divided into three zones:
- Water. This includes a sink, washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator.
- Hot. Stove, all household appliances intended for thermal exposure.
- Working. Surface for preparing food for cooking, frying, baking.
Designers propose a triangle rule that will optimally distribute household appliances. But this option is only possible in medium and large rooms. With minimal dimensions, preference is given to a linear layout. A kitchen set with a stove must include an extractor hood; it is forbidden to install a refrigerator or dryer next to the stove.
Optimally, the area of the working triangle should be no more than 5-7 square meters (otherwise, cooking dinner risks turning into a long-distance race).
The location of the stove in the kitchen is often dictated by the placement of communications. But often the design requires the movement of household appliances. The placement is influenced by the configuration of the kitchen, the power and potential danger of the household appliance, the open “neighborhood” with another room.
How to place the stove
The stove is a potentially dangerous household device that requires special attention during installation. So, the electric stove can cause a short circuit, the gas is explosive. The location of the kitchen influences the placement of the triangle “refrigerator-sink-stove”. So, it is not recommended to install the stove under a window or near a window sill. Do not install near a sink, as drops of water falling on a hot surface increase the risk of burns. Designers recommend: § install a protective screen made of easy-to-clean material:
- choose a headset with a fireproof coating;
- wall plates for the kitchen must withstand temperature changes;
- place a screen for the kitchen over the stove, keeping the distance.
The stove must be positioned so that it is next to the gas distribution, ventilation compartment. Furniture should not tightly close the gas shut-off valve. It is forbidden to put the stove next to the refrigerator.
Leave enough space for the stove
Do not place the hob close to the wall (and even more so to the refrigerator). For comfortable cooking, you need at least a small (at least 38 cm) area of the free working surface, ideally on both sides of the stove.
How to keep functionality
The stove in the interior of the kitchen is part of the design. It should be in harmony in tone, color, texture. But it’s important to keep the functionality:
- access to household appliances must be free;
- other devices or flammable objects must not be placed nearby;
- the hood should not interfere with cooking;
- the owner’s hands during cooking should not rest on side cabinets or low shelves.
A kitchen set with a stove must take into account the location of other household appliances. Take into account the space for opening doors, the location of the electrical outlets, the drainage outlet and the water supply.
Important! All taps, sockets and valves must be freely accessible.
So, a kitchen with a separate stove can exclude the installation of an oven, since the oven can turn on the oven. Other tips:
- install the stove and hood strictly according to the rules;
- if necessary, you can install an additional light source above the stove;
- take into account the location of the microwave oven, oven.
4 forbidden places in the kitchen
The set of rules also sets standards for the location. Any unplastered wooden walls or other combustible structures must be insulated. The insulation layer should protrude 10 centimeters beyond the dimensions of the slab on each side, and from above – at least 80. The distance between the device and the opposite side should be at least 1 meter. It is also necessary to observe the minimum distances to other household appliances indicated by the manufacturer in the technical data sheet.However, there are four places in the kitchen where installing the stove can lead to unpleasant consequences, and sometimes to tragedy.
#1 By the refrigerator
- You can put a gas stove next to the refrigerator, but then the refrigerator may break down. The stove will heat its walls, so it will have to work constantly and at full power in order to maintain the optimal temperature inside. In addition, drops of fat will constantly accumulate on it, pens and paint may turn yellow and crack, and when cooking, you can only approach from one side.
- There are several ways to solve this problem: place it at the recommended distance (it is better to put a table between them, or design a cabinet), stick insulation on the refrigerator, hide it in a box, or even take it out of the kitchen.
# 2. At the sink
- It is advisable to place the stove at a distance of 50 centimeters from the sink. The explanation is easy: when using a sink, there is a high chance of extinguishing the flame. It is especially dangerous if this happens unnoticed: the gas will not burn and will start filling the kitchen, which can lead to an explosion. Automation, the so-called “gas control”, can solve this problem, but it is better to be careful in advance.
# 3. Near the window
- In this case, the problem is similar to the previous point. If you install the stove next to a window, then any breath of wind may well blow out the flame, which will lead to a gas leak. Therefore, be sure to provide a distance of 50-60 centimeters from the window. Again, having gas control will help to deal with this problem, but it is better to avoid it beforehand.§ There is another nuisance: curtains and curtains on the windows. Strong gusts of wind can blow them directly into flames and cause a fire.
#4. Microwave over stove
- If the kitchen is compact, then you can often see how microwave ovens or other household appliances are placed over the stove. Although it looks nice and saves space, it is completely unsafe. All hot air goes upstairs, which can heat up the microwave very much, which can cause it to malfunction, rust or melt the plastic parts of the case.
- Do not place any household appliances above the stove. It is better to install a more powerful hood there, which will cope with the hot air.
So, we examined the regulatory requirements not only for the room, but also for the location of the gas stove. Do not place it under a microwave oven, near a refrigerator, sink, or window. All this is fraught not only with the breakdown of household appliances, but also the occurrence of an emergency. Such saved centimeters can harm the health of you and those around you.