Kitchen work zones seem to be one of the big buzz words when we talk about 21st Century kitchens. Where it used to be the work triangle that started in the 1940s, kitchen designers have found a better way to improve the overall function and design of kitchens today by creating designated works zones for the different activities that occur in the kitchen. These zones accommodate larger kitchens and the many different uses of the kitchen.
A typical kitchen will have at least 3 work zones, with many having more. The most common zones that occur in every kitchen are the cooking, cleaning, and food prep zones. Other work zones that may be needed depending on the lifestyle of your household might be technology, seating, studying, entertaining, and paying bills.
There are six basic questions you should answer before meeting with your kitchen designer that will help you decide how many work zones you need and what type of work zones are needed in addition to the common ones.
6 Questions to Answer
- What activities do you want to occur in your kitchen?
- What appliances do you plan on using in your kitchen? Consider special appliances such as a beverage station.
- How will you use and store technology in the kitchen?
- How many cooks will be using the kitchen at the same time?
- Do you entertain a lot?
- Do you have any pets?
Taking the time to identify the different activities and uses of the kitchen will help you and your kitchen designer maximize your space and improve the overall function. Your ultimate goal should be to move freely from on zone to another and prevent those common kitchen traffic jams. Realize that in many kitchens there can be some overlap between zones. That is where you want to place those zones next to each other to accommodate the items that might be shared.
To learn more about how to plan your kitchen work zones you can read the complete Houzz article here.
At Central Cabinetry our kitchen remodeling experts can help you decide how many work zones you need for your Orlando kitchen. They understand the importance of function and flow in the kitchen. They can help you find the right kitchen layout to fit your zones into the space you have. When you purchase Orlando kitchen cabinets from Central Cabinetry you have the benefit and an experienced kitchen designer that can customize your kitchen to the needs of your household. If you would like to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our kitchen design experts you can contact us here.
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