Importance of Window Positioning in a Kitchen

Importance of Window Positioning in a Kitchen with Kitchen ElementsAs you begin planning for your kitchen remodel, you want to be sure your kitchen is functional, comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and efficient. Window positioning in a kitchen is important to understand when designing your new space. Homeowners spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so that space should feel comfortable and inviting. Through window placement, a kitchen can be transformed from closed off to balanced and welcoming.

Window positioning plays an important role in the design, safety, and comfort of a kitchen. When remodeling with Kitchen Elements, our team will listen to your needs and create options that improve your space. Visit our Houzz portfolio to see how our team can create a welcoming space with the help of window placement!

When planning your next kitchen remodel with Kitchen Elements, you should consider the tips below:

Safety:
Windows should not be located above cooking surfaces. This is unsafe and inconvenient. You do not want to reach over a stove or put yourself at risk near hot surfaces.

Operability:
Do you need operable or fixed windows? Operable windows are for ventilation. If you prefer to open the windows during the spring or summer for fresh air, you will want this type of window. Given that operable windows need to be accessed for opening, the placement should be somewhere that is easily accessible.  Fixed windows are for unobstructed viewing. This type of window should be placed in a space where it will not be obstructed by furniture, work areas, or decorative pieces.

Privacy:
What role will privacy play for your windows? If your kitchen is facing a street, for example, you want your windows to be positioned higher off the ground. This will give your home more privacy. If sight line is not an issue, a longer window can open up the space and allow for more natural light.

Design/Functionality:
Windows and cabinets often compete for wall space. Consider a pantry or other storage options to allow for more windows. Remember that windows in the kitchen should blend with the other windows in the house, especially if the kitchen faces the street.

Keep in mind the space within the kitchen you spend most of your time. Also, what time of day you are most likely in the kitchen. You do not have to be bound by tradition. A “traditional” choice for window placement is above the sink. If you spend a lot of time near that area, then a window in that position is a good option.

If you are in the kitchen during the evening hours, your windows should be placed in a position that brings out evening aesthetics. If you are in the kitchen during the day or morning, the windows should be positioned to allow the most light possible. Natural lighting will help save energy, too.

Contact Kitchen Elements to receive more information on window placement and kitchen remodels!