Space planning for morning kitchens
Morning-kitchen components vary widely and are based on the homeowners’ preferences and budget as well as availability of space, plumbing, and electrical
A small morning kitchen like the one I am planning might offer only a mini-refrigerator; a personal coffee maker plugged into a standard outlet; storage cabinetry for serving ware and pantry snacks; a small waste bin; and a tray for transporting used cups, spoons, and the like to the kitchen for cleaning.
A large morning kitchen could be configured like a butler’s pantry with 10 ft. to 14 ft. of total linear space. This space could offer a dishwasher, a sink, a built-in coffee system, a microwave, a beverage or wine fridge, an ice maker, and multipurpose serving-ware storage. These large areas are typically planned for new custom homes.
Most morning kitchens, especially in master-suite remodeling projects, fall into a middle range. They are best sited against a kitchen or bathroom wall to tie into existing plumbing. They are typically 7 ft. to 8 ft. wide to allow for an 18-in. or 24-in. dishwasher, 15-in. to 24-in. beverage fridge, and 12-in. or larger bar sink.
At a minimum, I recommend planning a morning kitchen in a space no less than 5 ft. 6 in. deep and 4 ft. wide. The depth is driven by 24-in. stock-cabinet depth and the 42-in. National Kitchen & Bath Association guideline for a single-user work aisle. The width allows for a standard mini-refrigerator and adjacent storage.