Kitchens are an important area of every home – from cooking family meals, to family discussions at the dinner table and preparing school lunches . It’s a space within the house that strives on productivity.
So, without further ado, here are some design ideas and kitchen equipment that can make your kitchen more productive.
Declutter bench tops and surfaces
Messy and unorganised surfaces can limit productivity, as items can get in the way when preparing ingredients, and increasing our stress levels when cooking as a result. When you’re preparing food in large quantities, such as for the whole family, it goes without saying that you will need everything to be organised, and plenty of benchtop space.
Thus, you should ensure that you always clear any benchtops and surfaces of any mess and only have out the items you need before you begin prepping any food. This will help you to reach maximum productivity, as well as give you peace of mind.
If you lack the floor space for additional storage, you could make use of the vast space on your walls by having storage fittings installed for any cutlery, books, pans, and any other items taking up space within the kitchen. A wooden knife holder is an attractive and functional space to store knives, or you could opt for a metal shelf and hooks to store pans vertically.
Improve your lighting
Improving your kitchen's lighting and light fixtures may enhance not only the overall look of the area, but also your productivity when cooking and in the kitchen. Better and more efficient lighting will help you to get the best view of your ingredients and cooking implements, improving productivity and safety in the kitchen.
Increase your sink space
When preparing or washing fruit and vegetables in a tiny sink space, while also needing to clean tools and fill up on water, you may feel extremely restricted in your output due to time and space constraints. A larger sink or double sink unit may help you be more productive in the kitchen by allowing you to perform more prep work, wash fruits and vegetables, and clean other items like cutlery and utensils simultaneously.
Have a good air flow
Make sure you have excellent ventilation and airflow throughout your kitchen to minimise the stress of a smokey and unpleasant smelling kitchen. You can do so by installing largely sized windows that are easily opened, as well as an effective extraction fan.
Make room for a social area
It may be said that the kitchen is the heart of the home – where families come to socialise without having a TV to distract them. When you're cooking in the kitchen, though, you don't want to increase the risk of injury or stress levels by having people constantly standing in your way due to there being no social space.
Design a seated area within the kitchen – a dedicated social area for you and your family to come and socialise. You could even have people sit in the social area, and speak to you as you cook, to relax you and increase your productivity in the kitchen.
There are many ways in which you can make your kitchen more productive. With these equipment and kitchen design ideas in mind, you will be able to take the first steps towards a more efficiently functioning kitchen space.