Whether you are a seasoned home chef, a convenience cook or somewhere in between, you need a kitchen that is going to facilitate use, rather than making things more difficult. If you've ever lived in a home with a poorly designed kitchen you'll know what we're talking about. Cramped spaces, awkward drawers, cupboards that if you open them you inevitably start a landslide of baking tins. It doesn't have to be like that! Enhance your kitchen productivity with good kitchen layout and design.
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Trying to fit unusually shaped items like mugs or pans with long handles in narrow or small spaces can be a nightmare. If you incorporate space for these awkward everyday kitchen items you will save yourself a lot of hassle and time. You also won't need to spend ages pulling everything out of the cupboards to find that one pan that cooks eggs over-easy perfectly.
Stress and Strain
When you are choosing a layout for your kitchen be sure that you are considering your movement around the space. Kitchen counters that are too low can cause substantial strain on your back. Similarly, if you are only able to store items that are large and heavy far away from workspaces or down low you may injure yourself. Kitchens should be designed with the user in mind, including taking into account ergonomics and any special needs the owner might have.
Wear and Tear
Regardless of how much time you spend in the kitchen, the surfaces that you use including all countertops and benches need to be easy to keep clean. Porous or deteriorating finishes on benches and cupboard doors can be a haven for germs and will also stain easily. You can minimize risk and reduce the time you spend scrubbing by investing in high quality painted kitchens and other quality surfaces.
We talked a little about awkward items and heavy items, but what about those awkward, heavy items that you only use at Christmas or Thanksgiving, like that huge rice cooker. Well, that is where corner space comes in. Store those items you barely use in the corners of the cupboards under you workspaces so they won't get in the way.
Keep Utensils Close
Rather than having to stop what you are doing over the stove or yell for help keep your utensils close by. Whether you hang them up, store them in a drawer or keep them in a canister on the benchtop you need to be able to access them quickly and easily. You should always make sure that you can reach tongs or a spoon when you need one.
When you are looking at changing the layout of your kitchen or giving it a complete overhaul you really do need to take into account design and the way that it will affect your productivity in the space. A well-designed kitchen will make cooking more enjoyable and moving around the space simple and intuitive. If you use some of these simple ideas in your kitchen design you can improve your speed and safety in the kitchen.