Zone Kitchens – How to Organize Your Kitchen Into Zones

No matter your culinary expertise level or goals of becoming the next MasterChef, organizing your kitchen into zones can increase efficiency while creating an appealing design. While zone kitchens may be popular layouts, they’re not required; an optimal kitchen would be tailored specifically to you and your individual needs.

Zone kitchens divide your kitchen space into separate functional zones, often organized around an ideal core work triangle of fridge, sink and oven/stove – these three points being where food preservation, cooking and cleaning occur simultaneously.

Storage areas include larders or pantries for consumables (like larders or pantries ) and non-consumables, cooking zones such as oven and hob, worktop appliances and any necessary worktop appliances, cleaning zones with dishwasher, disposal and recycling bins as well as serving areas when meals are ready for consumption. Large pantry or island bench are excellent spaces to host these zones for increased workspace as well as serving spaces when it is time for meal consumption.

Your cooking zone should center on your stove and/or oven with any essential tools such as an ironing board or tongs at the forefront. All other tools should be easily accessible–perhaps stored in drawers, cabinets or on an island bench; hanging racks for pots and pans might also prove handy; alternatively you could keep cooking utensils within easy reach, perhaps in an open shelving system or stylish dresser.

This zone should provide enough countertop and uninterrupted space for you to properly prepare food and meals, including tools and ingredients necessary for prep work. A fridge nearby should make life easier as you quickly add and remove items from the fridge as necessary for meal preparation. Ideally, the prep zone should also be close enough so that dinner can be delivered directly from your kitchen once it’s ready to eat.

Here, you will store all your clean dishes, cutlery and glassware after it has been washed and dried. Locating this area near the cleaning zone makes putting everything away as soon as it has been washed and dried a breeze; including decorative features like wine racks or stackable jars can add extra flair while making items you use most frequently easier to access. In smaller spaces FINMALD glass racks are great way to maximize vertical space while making a statement in cabinets; similar solutions may also work great when organizing flatware/crockery stackables or drawers!

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