Good workflows, adequate storage space and total comfort of motion are the three key features of a practical kitchen
21 September 2015
Out of all the rooms in the home, the kitchen is the one that requires the most planning. After all, this a space that needs to be functional and efficient. At the same time, you want your kitchen to look good, both on the outside and the inside. The experts from Blum understand the importance of a practical kitchen, something that they exemplify in their urbanKitchen. Good workflows, adequate storage space and total comfort of motion are the three key features of a practical kitchen.
Here are the 3 things you need to keep in mind when renovating your kitchen.
You want your kitchen to be efficient. Think about segregating the kitchen into 5 zones, so you know exactly where to go when you need something. The zones are: Consumables (cooking ingredients and the pantry), Non-consumables (tableware and cutlery), Cleaning (the sink and cleaning supplies), Preparation (knives and utensils) and Cooking (the oven, stove and your cookware). Try and arrange these zones in a clockwise direction in this order, so you won’t have to waste time moving back and forth in the kitchen.
It’s not just the placement of the kitchen that affects your workflow! Think about the height of your cabinets and counters. There should be at least a 10 to 15cm distance between your elbows and the work top.
Whether your kitchen is big or small, there are many ways to maximise the amount of storage you have. Think of high cabinets, deep drawers, and even the forgotten nooks and crannies like that space beneath the sink. New technology in urban kitchens means that space optimisation has never been easier. Make the most of the space you have with cabinets that utilise the overlooked corners of the room, inner drawers that double the capacity of your pull-out drawers, and inner dividing systems that help to organise space.
Things can get hectic in the kitchen, so you want to simplify your work processes. Make sure your kitchen works for you, and it doesn’t add to your workload. Furniture that is easy to open even while fully loaded and with dampened closing – that is what makes a beautiful and practical kitchen. You also have access to electrical and mechanical opening systems that lets you open and close your drawers and doors with just a light touch.
Need more help with your kitchen design? Blum is having a by-appointment-only event on 3 October 2015, where kitchen experts will offer invaluable help in designing your kitchen. Find out more here.
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