Have you ever wondered how professional chefs and bakers set up their own kitchens at home? You don’t need a restaurant-sized kitchen to take your cooking to the next level.
It all starts with great planning — assessing your kitchen needs based on how you’ll use the space.
How Will You Use Your Kitchen?
The right kitchen design is crucial for anyone who loves to cook or bake, but it really depends how you cook or bake. A family who loves to make dinner together has different kitchen needs than someone who cooks alone but regularly prepares big meals for a large group. Homeowners with extremely limited space need a different strategy as well.
Let’s look at how to integrate professional kitchen design in your home so you can cook like a chef no matter your situation.
Prioritize Counter Space
Most chefs and bakers will tell you how important it is to have ample counter space. It allows you to lay out all your ingredients before you get started, while still having room for food prep. If you often have more than one chef in the kitchen, it also ensures you won’t get in each other’s way.
If you’re working with a small kitchen, creating counter space might mean adding cabinets or drawers to store things that would otherwise sit on the counter. For example, you might consider installing a cabinet specifically designed to hold the microwave.
Depending on your floor plan, an island may also be a good solution. Islands aren’t for every kitchen though. If installing one would make it too difficult for people to maneuver around each other, skip it.
Establish an Efficient Workflow
Chefs want to minimize the time they spend running back and forth between different areas of the kitchen. Plan your kitchen layout with designated spaces where you’ll perform common tasks. For example, you may want to:
- Place knives and cutting boards within arm’s reach of wherever you plan to chop vegetables. Ideally, this would also be near the sink.
- Keep pots, pans, and cooking utensils near the range.
- Store baking materials near the oven.
- Think about where to put the trash. In large kitchens, consider placing two trash bins in different locations to help you avoid walking back and forth.
A good rule of thumb is to make sure all the items you use most often are easy to access whenever you need them. Even if you have a small kitchen, you can do this using pot racks, magnetic knife strips, and other features.
Choose the Right Appliances
Choosing high-quality appliances can make all the difference, but that doesn’t mean all your appliances have to be fancy. You can prioritize where you spend based on your lifestyle.
For big families, a great fridge with lots of space might be the highest priority. If you have storage space elsewhere in the house (like in the garage), you may even want to keep an extra freezer there. That way, you can keep meats, soup broths, frozen vegetables, and other ingredients out of the way until you need them.
Gas or electric? Many chefs prefer gas stoves because they give you more control over temperature and tend to heat up faster. On the other hand, Consumer Reports testing showed that induction ranges outperformed gas in several categories, and it really depends on the quality of the individual model more than its fuel source.
You may want two ovens if you’re a baker or if you frequently cook for big groups. Do you often find yourself needing to put two things in the oven at once, but they both call for different temperatures? With two ovens, you can get the temperature right and have everything hot and ready to eat at the same time.
Chefs love large, deep sinks. Sinks get used a lot — from washing vegetables to filling pots, to stacking dirty dishes. If you have space, you might even get two sinks.
Make Space for Non-Cooking Activities Too
Do you have kids who like to do homework nearby as you cook? Would your dinner guests enjoy sipping wine and snacking on appetizers while you finish preparing food?
Many people use their kitchen for a lot more than just cooking and baking. Including space for other activities helps keep actual food prep areas clean and uncluttered.
L. Evans Design Group Knows Professional Kitchen Design
Are you ready for a kitchen where you can finally cook and bake like a pro? We can help you create your dream kitchen. Get in touch today to set up your project consultation.
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