How to design a functional kitchen?

Without doubt, interior design is a sort of a faction of art practised by most skilful designers.

Thanks to their work, rooms become a true oasis of peace, and each apartment gains character and uniqueness, combining the most fashionable styles and the individual vision of customers. In addition to aesthetics, functionality and making use of available space to the fullest are as vital. Thanks to those features, a kitchen becomes a perfect place for efficient work.

How do you design a kitchen, then, so that it becomes a friendly space to prepare spectacular dishes?

First: get inspired.

Regardless of whether you are a skilled designer working for the most prominent restaurants or an amateur, self-proclaimed architect - you can find inspiration all around you. Catalogues, magazines, TV shows and competition are the most significant sources of ideas that can transform your kitchen and turn it into a professional, culinary workplace. While browsing trends, photos and designs made to order, you may find universal, aesthetic solutions that will meet your expectations.

Plenty of excellent ideas are indeed a result of being open to new possibilities, testing new styles and juggling original accessories. Browsing designs where, for instance, space of a tiny kitchen was used to the fullest, following technical novelties and learning industry trends, all of that will help you carefully plan each centimetre of your countertop.

Second: check the potential of your space.

Stand in the middle of the kitchen you are arranging and look around. Should there be an island in your kitchen? Is there any space for wall cabinets? How far should the fridge be from the hob and the dishwasher?

The more questions you ask, the higher the chance you discover the potential of your interior. While choosing cabinets, think about which solution will give you the most space to work and what you can do to fit all your kitchen utensils in them. Don't forget about countertop illumination, wall cabinets in a small-sized kitchen and a sink separated from tall, vertical cupboards.

Third: create zones.

In many instances, designers create so-called zones, thanks to which we gain specific purpose work areas. Those areas can be adapted according to the way we choose to make our signature dishes. Next to the workspace where we cut vegetables and mix cake ingredients, there is:

  • a cooking zone – with an induction hob and an oven,
  • a preparation zone where we put ingredients waiting for their turn, and
  • a kitchenware washing zone.

When you separate those zones, think about how your cooking process looks like, what dishes you make most often and exactly how much space you need to move between those microzones freely.

After you separate zones, it will be much easier to plan all the necessary accessories and gadgets. As an example, get some wooden boards and a knife stand for your central work zone. Consider locating your second zone near the cupboard for pots and make sure space where you prepare products is big enough to be both comfortable and easy to clean.

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