No matter the time, the kitchen always seems to be the place where the whole family and friends gather to relax, chit-chat, and eat. During certain times, when the kids are out after-school, or during a big family holiday, the kitchen can become jam-packed with cooks and the cooks who think they can’t cook. As most of us have experienced, it can be nearly impossible to maneuver around the kitchen with a heavy pot of boiling water even if just one other person is in the room.
Smaller kitchens can quickly become crowded when more than one person is moving and using the appliances. Incorporating pass-through openings in your small kitchen can encourage others to hang out and help during the cooking process. Installing an island is a great way to guide movement with prepping and cooking food. If you have a small kitchen that is open on one side, an island on the open end can help create a barrier between the dining area space and the space dedicated for cooking.
In large or medium-sized kitchens, adding extra food-prep and workspace will double productivity and keep you from bumping into your mother in law removing food from the oven. The same applies to larger kitchens as does smaller kitchens. You want to have room to move freely, it is the most important feature of your multi-cook design. Keep in mind that each individual workstation should have its own work triangle. This means that each cook should stand at the point of a triangular-shaped space with its own prep area, ample space to move, and close to appliances or sink area. Major appliances can be shared among cooks, but adding an extra cooktop to an extended countertop or island can keep from accidents happening when multiple cooks are in the kitchen. Disperse appliances throughout the room. A modern kitchen with enough space between appliances facilitates harmony among the cooks. When there’s adequate space between the sink, fridge, stovetop, oven, and other appliances, the cooks can work smoothly and move around freely in their space
To start organizing work zones, think of all of the activities that usually happen in the kitchen. When you organize your kitchen according to these work zones, you can expect a fluid, smooth, functional, and “happy” kitchen for your chefs.
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