We eat, drink, cook, entertain and even dance in the kitchen. The modern kitchen has expanded in size and functionality so it’s only natural, design should follow. To ensure efficient flow, we need to think beyond the classic work triangle. Kitchen zones, each with a specific purpose, are the answer. The three primary work zones are food preparation, cooking and cleanup. Once you’ve established these basic zones, sprinkle in a few specialty areas that strike your fancy, add some smart storage solutions and next thing you know, you’ll be cooking, dancing and entertaining in style!
1. Food Preparation Zone
Most of your time is spent in the food preparation zone. It should be located in close proximity to food storage and the refrigerator. Include plenty of counter space and storage for cutting boards, mixing appliances, measuring cups and other utensils. For easy waste disposal, make sure a trash can is within arm’s reach.
Suggested storage solutions: Cabinet Tray Divider, Full Height Base Pantry Pull-Out, Deep Furniture Drawers, Cutlery Divider Inserts, Wood Tiered Cutlery Divider, Base Wastebasket
2. Cooking Zone
In this zone you’ll find the oven, stove, cooktop and other cooking appliances. Allow plenty of counter space for hot containers and ingredients used while cooking. You will be transporting food from the prep zone, so make sure they aren’t far apart. Many times an island works well as part of the cooking zone.
Suggested storage solutions: Deep Roll-Out Trays, Spice Drawer Inserts, Full Height Base Tray Divider Pull-Out
3. Cleaning Zone
Because no one likes to clean-up, efficiency is important in the cleaning zone. This zone includes the sink, dishwasher and trash can. To avoid breaking dishes, make sure cabinets used to store everyday dishes and glasses are strategically located.
Suggested storage solutions: Base Wastebasket, Sliding Towel Bar & Sink Base Multi-Storage Shelf, Deep Furniture Drawers, Tilt Out Tray
4. Hosting Zone
The hosting zone should be located outside of the work flow area. This is an ideal place to store specialty items used for entertaining like, serving plates, good china and silver, etc.
As lead Kitchen and Bath Designer for Waypoint Living Spaces®, my goal is to become a partner and support you in the creation of beautiful living spaces. As a busy mother of two, I have a true understanding and appreciation for a well-designed, functional space. That's why I'm here - to deliver expert support and content that makes your job easier. Together, let's achieve exactly what you have in mind!
Jennifer LeMarr, CKBD
Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer