Many of today’s kitchen appliances have decorative handles that protrude well beyond the front of the actual appliance. This has been true for a long time with ranges and refrigerators. These kitchen appliance handles can project out anywhere from 1 ½ inches to 3 ¼ inches.
With more and more dishwashers featuring integrated styling, controls hidden on the top edge of the dishwasher door, manufacturers are now able to include these large decorative appliance handles on the front of the dishwasher so that all of your appliance handles will coordinate.
Having all of the kitchen appliance handles throughout the kitchen design with the same style creates a cohesive look. But, there are some other kitchen design considerations that should be examined closely. For example, if your dishwasher or range is going to be located anywhere close to a corner make sure that you are aware of how far the appliance projects out including the handle.
While the dishwasher itself may not stick out much beyond 24” add in that cool looking arc handle and you are now looking at an extra 3” of handle that protrudes beyond the dishwasher door. While this doesn’t interfere with anything as you pull open the dishwasher door it does affect the drawer the opens on the adjacent side.
In the case below, the drawer will open, but the dishwasher door has to be completely closed for the drawer to open all the way. The kitchen designer for this project planned an extra 3″ from the corner to the placement of the drawer to ensure her client could open the draw fully with out bashing into the dishwasher handle.