How to Organize a Comfortable Work Zone in the Kitchen
The answer to making the most useful kitchen work zone layout is to consider who will be using the kitchen zones, and how. After that, you can customize it to your own needs.
Generally speaking, there are 3 main kitchen zones in every household: cooking zone, cleaning zone, and food preparation zone. The role of every zone is to establish the placed where necessary equipment will be located, and where your tools will be stored, used for the type of work done in that area.
What do you need to do to create work zones in the kitchen:
- Decide which tools are needed to do every type of task.
- Identify which types of work will be done in each area.
- Designate the kitchen zones in the areas where you will do the tasks.
Work zone space should be equipped with maximum comfort so that everything you need is at hand and you do not have to make unnecessary movements. Modern designers offer many design options for the work area, thanks to which you can make the interior not only functional but also stylish. For the floor, the best option is to have foam-filled washable rugs made instead of the high-pile ones.
Whatever is the size of the kitchen, it is important to observe the “triangle principle”, i.e. visual combination of the stove, sink, and refrigerator, the distance between which should not exceed 1.5 meters. This will speed up the cooking process and will have everything you need close at hand.
The process of cooking and eating food itself can be represented as a sequence of certain actions. And according to this logic, the kitchen space itself should be divided into a working, dining area, and a walk-through area free of furniture.
We would also advise creating an extra guest zone. This is a place where your family and friends can socialize while the foods are cooked, or even help you in the process.
Kitchens that have a window in the working area look most impressive. You can place a countertop on the lace of the window sill, which will become the work surface or serve as a place for a snack. If you modify it into a bar counter, it will be wise to remove the bottom shelf to make room for your legs for comfortable seating. Instead of using bar stools, it is better to purchase stools that slide easily under the countertop and do not take up much space.