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# 250725 23-May-2019 09:43
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We are in the process of designing a new house and are trying to fit a scullery in behind the kitchen. It's all good and well to go by what the designer says, but I would like some advice from peoples personal experience.


It will be a long narrow scullery with bench top and storage along one wall, with an unused wall opposite.


To fit into the plan we need to keep it as narrow as possible, while still making it comfortably usable.


What is the minimum bench depth we could get away with (it will still needs to accommodate a sink)? Some say you should stick 600mm, and others say you can reduce the depth to save space and cost (but I can't find any guidelines on how shallow is too shallow).


How much space do we need between the bench and the opposite wall?



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  # 2243463 23-May-2019 09:59
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Currently planning a new build with a pantry of dimensions are roughly 2.5m by 2.5m, so plenty of room.


Apart from a sliding door, the kitchen will lead on to the pantry. And like the kitchen there will be a 1.2m wide gap between the two sides. .


There will be a 'wet' side with the sink and dishwasher, etc. And a 'dry' side with kettle, toaster, microwave, etc. The 'far' end will be used for food preparation.


All three sides - wet, dry, far - will be 600mm to fit devices, sink, etc. Opening shelving above and below the counter.


The kitchen proper will be used for the fridge, oven and hob and food presentation.


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  # 2244155 23-May-2019 19:09
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look at your sink dimensions, most will be 4-500mm deep so would need a 600ish mm bench, add about 1000mm for the movement space and you end up with 1600mm. personally i wouldnt be going much smaller


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  # 2244160 23-May-2019 19:29
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Our new build scullery is 4.82m wide and 1.93m depth. We went with 2 entrances with no doors so you can come either side of the kitchen. 600mm depth bench space so plenty of room to move around. We decided to put the dishwasher and the largest size of the sink we bought in scullery so all cleaning and mess gets placed here.

Ideally you want minimum 900mm space between the bench and opposite wall to comfortably move around, open drawers etc.

Do whatever you want to do man.


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  # 2244277 23-May-2019 22:09
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Kitchens used to always have 500mm deep benches. They started getting made to 600mm deep in the 80s. Due to dishwashers becoming commonplace. Find a house that still has a 70s or earlier kitchen, and see how you find its benches.

Finding a sink that would work would be difficult, unless you buy a secondhand sink and clean it up.

Definitely stick with 600 deep if you will be having a dishwasher or oven underneath the bench.

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  # 2244296 23-May-2019 22:43
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Ideally you want minimum 900mm space between the bench and opposite wall to comfortably move around, open drawers etc.




I would say at least a metre, if not a bit more, especially if you have cupboards on the opposite side. That extra bit of room makes it feel less cramped IMO . There are also websites that give ideal dimensions for this sort of thing, which can be very useful.

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  # 2246546 27-May-2019 14:28
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Thanks for the replies.

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