A kitchen is never complete without all of the necessary appliances but for maximum efficiency, it’s always important to arrange appliances according to their functions. A bad appliance layout can cause a kitchen to look cluttered and dysfunctional. It’s often about positively arranging appliances in the best spaces and mapping them out as you go. It can often seem too daunting to know where to start, but I would like to help you get started. Here’s 5 unique ways to arrange your kitchen appliances.
Divide your kitchen into 5 zones.
There are 5 main consumable zones in the kitchen. These 5 zones will help you organise your kitchen so that life is made easier. Creating zones within your kitchen, will ensure everything is within reach. The zones are as follows:
- The consumables zone
This is the zone that is used to store consumer goods, such as chilled and un-chilled food products. Both the refrigerator and freezer cabinets are a fixed part of this zone.
- The non consumable zone
This zone is mainly used for kitchen utensils, cutlery, dishes and glasses. It’s beneficial allocating this zone next to the cleaning zone (see below) as this will shorten distances from the dishwasher to the storage cabinets.
- The cleaning zone
This is the area that contains the sink and dishwasher. Tip out drawers go here also. It will help considerably to have your sink and dishwasher (if you have one) close to each other, to make life easier.
- The preparation zone
The preparation zone contains the main work areas of the kitchen. You store microwaves, small kitchen appliances, kitchen utensils, counter tops and all of the preparation tools here. It’s ideal to have your oven right next to this zone. Also, keep your worktops clear, to make space for essentials such as your most used cooking utensils.
- The cooking zone
This zone is at the heart of your kitchen, because this is where all of the magic happens. The stove, oven, heating drawers, etc. all go here. It’s ideal to also have your kettle and microwave within this area too, as it’s handy for boiling rice/pasta and other products. Also, make sure there’s a clear space next to your hob for serving food.
Envisage an open space
When it comes to your refrigerator, sink and stove, the aim is to keep these most used features unobstructed at all times. If you allow space, so that you can move from the refrigerator to the stove, this will bring flow to the cooking process. It also helps to divide up your working area spaces according to function. For example, you could keep your work area to one worktop and the display area to another.
Store your dishes cabinet next to your sink
Plates glasses, bowls and other silverware ideally should be stored right next to the cleaning area, or where your sink and dishwasher are. This will make things far more easier for you when you’re putting silverware away. Another idea to utilise space, is to add a drawer below the dish washer that can be used to store anything from dish washer tablets to plates.
Pull out Trays
For smaller appliances like toaster and blenders, a pull out tray can be a perfect choice. They’re very efficient storage spaces for the many items that accumulate in any kitchen. Pull out trays make every item accessible, plus they make it just as easy to put them away again afterwards.
It’s preconditioned when we assume that kitchen appliances should be at floor level. However, having appliances up higher not only is more practical, but it also gives you more storage space underneath. It’s ideal to have appliances at a level that’s within easy reach of your height. Think how much easier it will be not having to bend down to empty the dishwasher, or to delve into your refrigerator. Now you can also install microwaves in your kitchen units and you can have high refrigerators, there’s so many options.