Kitchen Design Tips For Maximum Efficiency
Even if you love cooking, you probably don't want to waste time when you're in the kitchen. Time spent opening extra drawers, looking around for hidden items, and trying to close a cabinet door just right so it does not slam is time that could be better spent cooking or eating something else! As such, as you begin to design your new kitchen, you will want to keep these efficiency tips in mind.
Choose soft-close hinges and drawers.
Soft-close hinges do cost a little more than ordinary hinges and drawer pulls. However, they will save you a lot of time. You can just swing the door shut or push the drawer shut, and it will grab and close the rest of the way. You won't have to deal with drawers swinging back open and having to close them a second time. And you won't walk into open doors and bump your head either.
Include hangers by your stove.
Include a few hooks or a row of hangers next to your stove. You can use these for the pans and utensils that you use most often. Maybe that's a small saucepan, a sauté pan, and a spatula. Perhaps it's a big spoon and a small crock. Having your most-used items in reach will save you lots of time on a daily basis.
Include a drop-down spice tray.
So much time gets wasted rummaging through cabinets or drawers, searching for a particular spice or seasoning. If you include a drop-down spice tray or rack in one of your cabinets, then you can swing this tray down to eye level, look through the contents, and find what you need within minutes.
Include some shelving.
Some people are opting for all-shelf kitchens with no cabinets. This can certainly be an efficient option. But if you want to be able to hide some things away, a kitchen with a few shelves and a few enclosed cabinets is a good compromise. You can keep your most-used items on the shelves within easy reach.
Have more than one sink.
Include a second sink in your island or far to one side. You can use this sink for messier prep work, and your mess won't then get in the way of you washing your hands or doing other clean things in the kitchen.
With the tips above in mind, you can have an easier time designing a flowing, efficient kitchen.
For more information, contact a kitchen design remodeler in your area.