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We’re designing a breakfast nook, how much space do we need?

Conventionally, you need at least three feet to walk past somebody — but you might want to add a little space in a kitchen, where you might be carrying a hot tray.

Or as the National Kitchen and Bath Association planning guidelines put it: “36 inches to edge past somebody, and 44 inches to walk past.”

For a tabletop that is 30 inches high, you’ll also want to allow an 18-inch deep space for each eater’s knees. You can get away with a little less knee space for high bar stools.
The best way, I think, is to take cardboard or kraft paper and make shapes representing your table and chairs and play with it on the floor.

If you want the full NKBA guidelines, they are here , courtesy of kitchens.com

Posted in For Design Divas and For Renovators 12 years, 8 months ago at 11:10 am.

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