In addition to which style, color and shape of radiator to opt for, where to position it within the kitchen is another important decision to make, and one that it is essential to get correct to provide a comfortable, even distribution of warmth.
A popular installation location for radiators tends to be underneath windows, whereby currents of convection are created, enabling heat to emanate from the radiator and circulate throughout the room.
If you do have a window in your kitchen, it is probable that it is positioned right above your worktop, and so it may be impossible to install a radiator in this area, particularly if cupboards or large drawers are situated beneath it. Or, your kitchen sink might be positioned by the window, so this and any kitchen faucets would make for awkward positioning. If you want a further insight into all things kitchen faucets by the way, be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Faucets!
However, if there is available space under your kitchen window, positioning your radiator there can provide you with a great chance to create a beautiful breakfast bar or a cool dining area. This, and the simple addition of a few stools can really modernize your space, making for a striking but practical family kitchen centerpiece.
Outside of offering a stylish and convenient area for enjoying meals at, your breakfast bar can prove a useful spot at which the kids can do their homework (and ask for your help while you cook!), and provide you with invaluable added storage space, which even the largest kitchen areas will appreciate.
When selecting a brand new kitchen radiator, you obviously want your choice to catch the eye whilst performing to full capacity in terms of heating the space, so positioning it in the perfect place is essential.
But you should be wary of some of the definite ‘no-no’ locations for installing a radiator, even if you’ve earmarked what might at first glance appear to be the ideal position.
Avoid placing your radiator next to a fridge or freezer, for instance, as the latter appliances will discard residual heat via the condenser at the back.
If you do position your radiator nearby a fridge, the fridge will need to work harder, and thus expend more energy at a higher cost to ensure it is kept cool.
Logically speaking – a radiator should be hot and a fridge or freezer should be cold, so keep them apart to make sure they can both operate to full effect.
There’s more in-depth tips and advice to be found in our guide on where to position a radiator.