Are you a efficient cook who makes dinner for the family every night? Or are you a Nigella Lawson who throws dinner parties every other weekend? Or are you an adventurous cook with snazzy equipment and exotic pantry to experiment with different cooking methods? Your kitchen layout should aspire to help you become the cook you truly want to be. By prioritizing your work space and investing in the right storage and equipment, you will be able to to build a work flow that is like a well-oiled machine.
The kitchen layout is the arrangement of the countertop, major appliances and storage areas. The first strategy is to optimize the working path between your 3 main work-stations (fridge, hob and sink), also commonly referred to as the work triangle, and ensure that prep, cooking and washing area are easily within reach of each other. Here are 5 fundamental layouts to suit different spatial requirement:-
1. Single Wall, Galley/ Corridor
Ideal to fit smaller spaces
Maximize storage space by stacking cabinetry eg. full-height pull-out larder and u-shape internal drawers below kitchen sinks.
2. L -shaped
Opens up to adjacent room/ space
Great for interaction with guest
Versatile, adaptable to large and small kitchens
Offers continuous countertops and ample storage
In larger kitchens,able to accommodate multiple work stations for cooks to easily prepare a meal together without getting in each other's way.
5. G-shaped/ Peninsular
Same amount of counter and storage space as U-shaped kitchen with partial fourth wall of additional cabinets.
Ideal for larger spaces, accommodates a breakfast bar counter.
While certain floor plans create a more spacious, efficient kitchen, each kitchen layout can be enhanced with the right cabinetry and decorative accents. Depending on the overall size of your kitchen, an island can be added to many of these layouts to expand storage and create additional counter space. The width of walkways between cabinetry and the island is important and your kitchen designer will help determine if you have enough space to accomodate an island. Islands can be created in all shapes and sizes and you are not limited to a standard square or rectangular shape.
Kitchen spaces run the gamut from ultra-utilitarian single-wall stations in shoe-box apartments to modern, open-plan statement kitchens fit for entertainment. In addition to the work-triangle, categorizing your kitchen into work zones allows you to group similar uses and change the relation of how you set up the spaces between - one strategy that you can apply to kitchen space of any size and shape. Here is 5 basic zones to organize by:-
Food storage: Refrigerator (fresh food), pantry, larder (dry goods), walk-in cooler.
Everyday dishes: plates, bowls, glasses, and silverware
4. Prep area
Kitchen prep: Counter-top, kitchen island
Stove, oven, microwave, steamer
Everyday dishes -> Sink
Improve your cooking flow by storing things in the right place and zone. Store prep utensils like knives, chopping boards in the prep zone; pots and pans near the hot zone. Everyday plates and dishes goes next to the cleaning area, or what
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