It is tricky to apply any schemes that are both practical and aesthetic in the corner area, especially in a kitchen. Many house owners would like to have cabinets to attach altogether to cover the blind corner. But that is awful. You will find that the cabinets take up a lot of space but seem not to function in the corner. To deal with such trouble, creative interior designers come up with a layout scheme: replace the corner cabinets with the corner stoves in kitchen. Let’s get to know more about that.
What Is A Corner Stove?
Typically, the range that is installed in the corner of a kitchen is called a corner stove. It makes the corner space useful. The only advantage to sealing the kitchen blind corner with cabinets is making a little storage countertop. But the corner stove will turn the corner into a transportation hub to optimize it.
Corner Range Dimension
The standard size of the corner stove is fixed because it is easier to reserve its place in the corner. But not all corner stoves in kitchen are the same size. Some like the professional stoves would be wider than the standard size. Others like the compact ranges that come with two to four burners would be smaller than the standard one. Then let’s see the standard size of two common ranges.
Slide-In Ranges: Slide-in ranges are most commonly 30 inches wide. Its depth will depend on the standard counter depth of 24 inches.
Freestanding Ranges: A standard freestanding range always comes with four burners and an oven. It is 36 inches high, 30 inches wide, and 25 to 27 inches deep.
Pros & Cons Of Corner Stoves In Kitchen
Make Extra Storage Space: The kitchen layout with a corner stove will allow more storage space for the counter. If you locate the counters around the kitchen, they may not function well in the corner. Because things that have been put too inside would be hard to reach.
Optimize The Triangle Corner: Setting the corner stove in the corner will make it the most active center of the kitchen. As long as the work triangle is well laid out it can work quite well.
Easy To Access To Items On Both Sides Of Counters: The stove sitting in the corner of the kitchen will allow more usable space on both sides of counters. Maybe you can have a big sink on the countertop or have more functional decorations like a soda bottle holder.
Limited Space For Cooking: Having a corner stove in kitchen, you may find it hard for two residents to cook together. The space is too limited to accommodate two people in front of the stove. And it is also hard to reach the burners on the inside.
Unused Space Would Be Larger: The corner stove concentrates kitchen work in the corner, in the meanwhile, it leaves a large chunk of space to be developed.
How To Organize Kitchen Corner Stoves Layout?
Is The Slide-In Or Freestanding Stove Right For Your Kitchen?
While the freestanding ranges are common, the slide-in range models are more and more popular with house owners. On the one hand, you would have more flexible options of installation with a freestanding stove. On the other hand, a slide-in stove would sit between cabinets to create a seamless look. If it is the first time for you to have a kitchen renovation, you can choose the freestanding one. But if you want to upgrade your old kitchen appliances and your kitchen layout, you can try a slide-in range. Having some concerns about a corner stove would make the kitchen crowded, you can remove the wall between kitchen and living room to open up space.
How Far Should A Stove Be From A Wall?
According to most building codes, it would be better to keep a horizontal distance of 15 inches from the corner to the stove for safety reasons. And the suggested minimum distance on the side of the cooking surface is 12 inches. However, the building code could vary from different areas. If you are not sure of your local building code, you will need to ask a contractor before any DIY. Otherwise, failing to renovate your kitchen in accordance with building codes can leave a huge safety hazard.
How To Fill The Clearance Between The Stove And Cabinets?
If you choose the freestanding corner stove, you will have to fill the gap between the stove and the cabinets. If not, it would be troublesome to clean the crumbs and ingredients that block the gap. And let’s see two methods below of how to fill the clearance.
Using Plastic Tubes
- Measure The Space Between Your Stove And Counter
Before you apply the plastic tubing to fill the gap, you should measure the distance to make sure the tubing can befit. Measure each side of the stove in case of some gaps would be wider than others.
- Buy Some Pellucid Plastic Tubes
The pellucid tubes will not be antipathetic with your stove. They can hide in the gap and prevent any chippings from falling into the clearance as well. Besides, the tubes should be 0.64cm thicker than the gap so that they can pad the gap.
- Fill The Gap With Tubes
Make sure the tubes are on the same plane as the stove surface. Then fill them into the clearance and cut off the excess part by using scissors.
- Purchase Some T-molding From Hardware Stores
T-molding is usually used to cover the gaps. Remember to buy the kind that could match the top of your stove. And the plastic one will be easy to trim.
- Measure the Length And trim The T-molding
Measure the length of the gap from your countertop to the end of the stove. Then trim the T-molding into the right length.
- Cover The Gap With T-molding
If the bottom arm of the T-molding can be fixed to fill the clearance, then you can finish the installation with ease. Or you will have to use the tapes to fix the T-molding. Stick the tapes on the bottom arm to make it thicker to fit the gap.
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