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In 1992, The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) introduced new design guidelines based on extensive research conducted by the association along with the University of Minnesota. The guidelines were established to help building and design professionals plan spaces that function well. The kitchen guidelines, in simplified form, appear below. For more information contact NKBA, 687 Willow Grove. St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840; 908/852-0033. 1 Walkways: Make openings at least 32 in. wide at all entrances to the kitchen. Make walkways at least 36 in. wide, and allow at least 36 in. of clearance for cabinet access (distance from cabinet front to a wall or obstacle). 2 Doors: Entry, cabinet, and appliance doors