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5 Steps to an Efficient Kitchen

Create a space that's perfect for meal preparation with these tips

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

Building your dream kitchen requires careful planning and effort. To be able to enjoy an efficient kitchen space, having a proper layout is important so you can have enough room for cooking, baking, prepping, and storage.

If you're planning a new look for your kitchen space or if you're currently renovating your home, here are tips that may just come in handy.

Choose the right layout

Before adding appliances and choosing the colors for cabinets and backsplashes, you need to finalize the layout of your kitchen first. Consider the size of your unit or if your home can accommodate the layout that you prefer. Would it be a galley, one-wall, or a peninsula kitchen? Click here to learn more about the different kitchen layouts.

Be familiar with the work triangle

There are three major work centers in the kitchen namely, the STORAGE CENTER (refrigerator), the CLEAN-UP/PREPARATION CENTER (sink) and the COOKING CENTER (cook top or oven). These three form the triangle.

The work triangle helps in minimizing the length of trips you make going from one work center to anothersaving time and energy. When planning a kitchen layout, the total sum of the three sides of the triangle should be between 13 to 22 feet but should not be less than 13 feet. Each side of the triangle should not measure less than 4 feet.

Add a preparation area

In any kitchen, having enough space for prepping ingredients is important. You should allot at least 4 to 6 feet of space between the sink and the cooking center. This gives you enough elbow room to work quickly and efficiently. 

Establish a cooking center

Allot at least 4 to 9 feet of space between the refrigerator and the cooking center. For heat energy-saving purposes, do not put the refrigerator beside the range. To measure the proper distance, measure from the center front of one appliance to the center front of the other. 

Make room for storage

Consider adding shelves or cabinets where you can keep pans, plates, and other cooking essentials. Group and store your items accordingly to avoid a cluttered area. Click here for kitchen cabinet storage tips.

Photos by  Miguel Nacianceno.

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