Want to compare your kitchen design to professionally-designed ones? See how your kitchen scores…

1.  Out of 10 points, deduct 1 point for every foot your work triangle is above 22 feet (your work triangle is the number of feet you walk from your fridge to your stove to your sink and back to your fridge). Deduct 1 point for every foot your work triangle is less than 10 feet.
TOTAL SCORE: _____

2.  Out of 10 points, deduct 2 points each if you have less than 12″ of counter space the left side of the sink, the right side of the sink, the left side of the stove and the right side of the stove. Deduct 2 points if you have less than 15″ of counter space on the handle-side of your fridge.
TOTAL SCORE: _____

3.  Out of 10 points, deduct 5 points if one side of your sink is within 8″ of a wall. Deduct another 5 points if your stove is within 8″ of a wall.
TOTAL SCORE: _____

4.  Out of 10 points, deduct 6 points if your dishwasher is located more 1 step away the sink. Deduct another 2 points each if your dishes, glasses or cutlery are stored more than 5 feet away from the dishwasher.
TOTAL SCORE: _____

5.  Out of 10 points, deduct 3 points for every inch your sink is shallower than 9″.
TOTAL SCORE: _____

6.  Out of 10 points, deduct 1 point for every item stored on your counter that isn’t used at least 3 times a week. Deduct 1 point for every small electrical appliance that’s stored between your hip and eye-level (behind cupboards or out in the open) that’s not used regularly.
TOTAL SCORE: _____

7.  Out of 10 points, deduct 1 point for every 10% of your counter that’s not free. (Example, if nothing is stored on your counters, score 10 points. If 50% of your countertop is regularly filled with objects, score 5 points. If 60% is covered and only 40% free, score 4 points, etc.)
TOTAL SCORE: _____

8.  Out of 10 points, deduct 2 points for every item stored within your work triangle that doesn’t relate to food preparation. (Examples: mail, magazines, office supplies, bills, electronics, TVs).
TOTAL SCORE: _____

9.  Out of 10 points, deduct 2 points for every drawer, cupboard, rack or utensil canister that’s over-capacity, making items difficult to retrieve or return, or any cupboard that requires you to move some items to get to other items.
TOTAL SCORE: _____

10.  Out of 10 points, Deduct another 2 points for every cabinet (or shelf) where you store food, dishes or non-kitchen items together. Deduct 2 points if you’ve never taken time to plan and organize your fridge.
TOTAL SCORE: _____

 Add extra points for:

  • a knife rack that mounts on the wall (+2 points)
  • a hanging pot rack (+3 points)
  • a spice rack that mounts on the wall (+2 points)
  • at least 4 kitchen drawers (+5 points)
  • full-extension drawers (+5 points)
  • each drawer with drawer dividers (+ 2 points)
  • an under-sink organization system of any kind (+3 points)
  • each lazy susan (+3 points)
  • a food pantry cabinet (+5 points)
  • clip-on lights, under-cabinet lights or other task lighting (+4 points)

Deduct points for:

  • less than 11″ of knee space depth under a counter or table (-5 points)
  • corner sink (-7 points)
  • no windows or view outdoors or to another room (-5 points)
  • less than 6 linear feet of counter space (-10 points)

How did you score?
85 – 100 points. Congratulations! Unless your kitchen is really too small, you’re in good shape.

70 – 85 points. A few small changes will increase your kitchen design’s efficiency and comfort.

50-70 points. You probably already know your kitchen design isn’t quite right, but may not be sure what to do. Check out our kitchen planning tips for some ideas.

50 points or less. You’ve got two choices… renovate or eat out more! Or check out our kitchen planning tips to see which organizational changes you could make without renovating.

Click here for kitchen planning ideas. Or take another quiz to rate the design of other rooms in your home.

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