IKEA Kitchen of the Week: Small, Glam, and Smart

published Oct 7, 2016
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We could go on and on about all the things we love about this kitchen. The marble! The metallic accents! The sleek white IKEA cabinets! It’s seriously what Pinterest was made for. But stop oohing and aahing for a second and you’ll realize it’s as smart as it is pretty.

Instead of the traditional kitchen work triangle (made of imaginary lines between the sink, stove, and refrigerator), which is supposed to cut down on wasted steps and help people cook more efficiently, the homeowners went with more of a kitchen work trapezoid, breaking up the cooktop and the oven to create an off-kilter rectangular path.

Why? The room is small (just 10×10) and the couple decided it was the best way to fit all the necessary appliances (the fridge, microwave, and cooktop are IKEA, while the oven is Smeg) and still have the storage space they craved. This way, the island benefits from clear, usable counter space and the perimeter of the room gets the maximum number of drawers and cabinets possible.

There’s tons of other smart touches in this California space, which you can see here, but the bold decision to break up the stovetop and range really has us wishing people did it more often.

Plus, it’s a pretty kitchen. Not sure if we mentioned that.

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