Left or Right – a kitchen design tip for dishwasher placement

Posted by Jim Grace

Left or Right? Which side is best for you?

When planning a kitchen, there are so many decisions to make…from little things like the location of cabinet hardware to bigger, more functional questions like where to locate the dishwasher.

There are plenty of things to take into consideration with dishwasher location.  From the obvious, like being next the sink of course, to the less obvious where you want to consider the location of your cutlery and other heavily used dishwasher items that you don’t want to be lugging too far away from your dishwasher space.  Ideally, you are 1-2 steps away from the majority of the everyday items that go in and come out of your dishwasher. 

However, there is a more basic question you must consider when it comes to dishwasher placement.  Now, we’re not talking about picking sides…well, actually that is exactly what we are talking about.  Which side are you on?  The answer to that might just tell you exactly where to place your dishwasher. The side of the sink you locate your dishwasher on is actually a matter of efficiency and safety. The correct placement will make working in your kitchen more convenient and efficient. The scientific word for this is ergonomics.

Typically, this would mean that a dishwasher should be located on the left for a right handed person (and vice-versa for a lefty, of course). Why? When cleaning your dishes, a right handed person would stand at the sink holding a plate in their left hand so that they can scrape or wipe with their dominate right hand, then reach with their left to place it in the dishwasher. No twisting or turning your body to load!  And with a well-designed kitchen that has properly placed and spaced drawers and storage in other cabinets, you really can glide through all the spaces with ease.

Not sure? That’s not a surprise since we all do this every day without even thinking about it! Stand at your own sink and give it a try. Use this information as you consider your next kitchen, or maybe even a bar you are considering, to locate your dishwasher in the place where it will function best for you.

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