A stove is a common home appliance which uses electricity or burns fuel in order to create heat on top of it.
It is generally used for warming up the environment or to cook food on it. A stove burns different types of fuel, for example: gasoline, wood, and coal. Today we will talk about if you can put a stove in a corner.
Placing a stove in a corner:
You can install a standard sized stove in the corner of the kitchen assuming that it does not breach any sort of safety precautions. However, it is not always recommended even if possible. Using a stove against a wall or near a windowsill can be difficult to use.
Let’s talk about different types of stoves to clear all your confusions –
A gas stove is a more common appliance than the wooden stove. It can be easier to place a gas stove somewhere rather than a wooden one. You do not have to worry about smoke exhausts or char going into unwanted places in your kitchen.
However, there is more to it than just that. You would also need to check if the desired corner of your kitchen actually has a plug for gas. Not having one would mean that you’d have to use cylinders or have a really long gas pipe.
It is not recommended to have your gas line too extended, as it has a higher risk of damage thus being prone to explosions.
Unlike the gas stove, you do not have to worry about having a gas plug or routing a gas line across the kitchen. Instead, there we might face a different sort of problem.
Wooden stoves require a smoke exhaust to function properly. You would have to check if the corner of the kitchen that you want to place your wood burning stove has a pre-built exhaust or not.
Not having an exhaust for your wood burning stove would make your house prone to having contaminated air. You would find char in the most unexpected places.
Pros and cons of a corner stove:
There are no unmixed blessings in this universe, similarly one of the most helpful and common home appliances, stove also has some pros and cons. Those are discussed below –
Corner stoves are a great layout for the kitchen as it lets us apply the principle of a work triangle much easier.
The work triangle in a kitchen includes work which is mostly done in the three most important areas of a kitchen. Those are the sink, stove, and prep area. If you want to be the most efficient, you’d want those three places to form a triangle.
It can be oddly specific, but the three stations cannot be any closer than 4 feet or be farther away than 9 feet from each other.
Easy to navigate:
Having a corner stove in your kitchen makes it much easier for you to move around in your kitchen. There are no obstructions on both sides of you whilst having your cabinets near you.
More storage space:
Placing a corner stove in your kitchen will let you have additional recessed space which you can use as more storage space. It is likely that you would want to have a corner stove in the first place because of storage complexities.
In most cases, kitchens with corner stoves look more open and pleasing to the eyes. Some would call it ‘aesthetic’, but of course you would have to implement the corner stove properly in order for it to look good.
Stovetop hard to reach:
When you install a stove in the corner of the kitchen with the countertop being completely flush with the walls, it might cause a specific problem.
It may become hard for you to fit pans and pots on your stove top whilst also not feeling comfortable enough to stand too close to it while cooking or preparing something.
Corner stoves are not positioned like your normal everyday stoves. You will have to be right up close and in front of the stove in order to access it.
Things can feel a bit weird when you start struggling to reach the hot oven door on your stove for which you have to lean down.
Just like corner stoves can look good if implemented properly, it can also go the other way round. Meaning, a corner stove is a double-edged sword when it comes to looking good.
Being lackluster about implementing a corner stove in your kitchen will show or be obvious to anyone who sets their eyes on that corner of the kitchen.
Calculating the space needed for a corner stove:
There are multiple factors that you would need to take into consideration when figuring out exactly how much space you need for your corner stove. First off, you would want to measure the fundamentals, which are the width and the depth.
You would need to check exactly how much width you have between the cabinets and then look for a corner stove which can match it properly. Not only that, but the depth of the cabinets also come into factor here.
You cannot have a stove which would intrude outwards more than the cabinets themselves, hence matching your corner stove depth along with the cabinets of your kitchen.
Height of your cabinets and corner stove can sometimes also be an issue, even though usually the standard height for corner stoves would do the trick. But in cases where your corner stove might be a little short for cabinets, you may have a raised nook to fill in the extra height.
Another thing that you might have to consider is countertop overhang depth. Both your stove and your kitchen cabinets will have counter tops, which you will have to measure for both of them.
Mismatching different lengths of countertops would not look good and might cause other problems. A few would be: It might not look aesthetically pleasing, the overhung countertop might end up hurting someone, someone might accidentally knock over something from the overextended countertop.
Alternative tips to use corner space in kitchen:
There are many ways to decorate a corner of your kitchen other than just placing a corner stove there. There are many things that could take up a corner space of your kitchen, and we will be talking about a few today.
A corner sink:
In cases where you may have limited space in your kitchen, it could be ideal for you to have a corner sink in your kitchen. It can help you to clear out some countertop space for other things.
Corner floating shelves:
If you feel like the corner of your kitchen wall feels too bland, you can make it spring back to life. Having corner floating shelves will not only fill up the space, but it will also make the space very functional.
A corner pantry:
With the right lighting conditions, a corner pantry can look very aesthetically pleasing. It is not everyday that you get to see a room inside a room. It might also make it easier for you to access your groceries.
A kitchen banquette:
If you have a lot of room to spare in the corner of your kitchen, you may consider having a kitchen banquette on a corner. It is both a convenient yet classy thing to have around in your kitchen.
A dining area:
If a kitchen banquette feels like too much for you or your kitchen, you might consider just placing some chairs and a table in the corner. This saves you the hassle of having a separate dining space somewhere else in the home.
Smart storage units:
There are a lot of smart storage units that might fit in the corner of your kitchen. They are specifically designed to be around the corners of your kitchen while offering the most amount of space in an efficient way.
A corner couch:
Working in a kitchen can get tiresome at times, and you might want a break from your work without going all the way to your living room. For cases like these, you can consider having a corner couch in your kitchen.
As long as you do not breach any sort of standard safety guidelines or rules, you can install a regular sized corner stove. However, it can sometimes be a menace to use them if they are close to a windowsill or against a wall. Hence, it is not always recommended to.
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