How to Maximize Kitchen Space: 7 Design Tips

How to maximize kitchen space: 7 design tips

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Whether in a compact Hong Kong studio or a Michelin-starred restaurant, kitchen design requires special attention to make food preparation an enjoyable experience. with enough space for all necessary functions and without unnecessary movements. The “Golden Triangle” or “kitchen work triangle” theory was developed 100 years ago, but is still valid and helpful in defining floor plans and organizing functions. Basically, the three main elements of the kitchen should be at each end of the triangle: the sink, refrigerator, and stove, with their respective cleaning, storage, and cooking functions. According to his principles, each side of the triangle must be between 4 and 8 feet long, and the circumference should be no less than 12 feet and no more than 28 feet.

Of course it is not always possible to have the ideal dimensions and proportions to realize this type of kitchen, especially if we consider the increasingly slim dimensions of contemporary environments. Nevertheless, there are various ways to make everyday work more efficient, even in cramped kitchens. Below is a selection of items and products, straight from Architonic’s extensive catalogue, to increase kitchen space and efficiency without adding a single square metre.

Invest in closets

A variety of utensils, food and accessories take up space in kitchens and are indispensable when cooking. Portable devices, for example, take up valuable work space that could be used for food handling or even for placing dishes for arranging and serving. Therefore, excess dishes, pans, plates, cutting boards and even appliances should be stored in cupboards whenever possible. But in compact spaces, it’s important to utilize every available surface, corner and door.

Doors with storage space

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Narrow wall shelves

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Utilizing the corners of furniture

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Closets with better visibility of objects

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There aren’t too many drawers

Drawers are a great way to organize smaller accessories that might otherwise get lost in cupboards: cutlery, wooden spoons, slicers, vegetable peelers and much more. However, drawers can also become messy if they are overly crowded or not well organized. To remedy this, there are drawer dividers that make them much more organized and manageable.

Dividers for cutlery

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Dividers for pots and lids

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Dividers for food

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The more outdoors the better

Everything is easier when you have the right tools. This is no different with cooking, and having things outdoors can enhance the experience. By placing your most-used items within easy reach of your eyes and hands — like utensils, salt, olive oil, pepper, cloths, and even spices — you can save time and effort from not having to open doors, climb into drawers with dirty hands, and don’t have to worry about burning food.

Versatile and flexible panel

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Rails above the kitchen worktop

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Magnet system with absolute flexibility

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Hanging is better than leaning

Since rooms that are used frequently require frequent cleaning, it is advisable to have as few things as possible leaning against walls or floors. Fortunately, there are products that make it easier to hang items that usually tend to clutter up spaces. They can be integrated into furniture or placed behind doors, creating space for freedom of movement.

broom and paddle

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Garbage can

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Accessories that save space and make life easier

Some design items make it possible to significantly reduce the amount of space in drawers and cabinets, while at the same time making cooking a little easier. Stackable measuring cups, knives or items that allow you to easily read a recipe without getting the book or tray dirty may seem like simple solutions, but they make a huge difference in everyday kitchen life.

knife stumps

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Stackable kitchen accessories

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Book and tablet holder

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Mobile components wherever they are needed

When space is tight, mobile components can be good alternatives. These allow users to use them only when needed and can remain hidden when not in use. By using wheels and latches, they can increase countertop space or become additional countertops or shelves that slide in and out.

support car

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When convenience is key when specifying or choosing a kitchen, ready-made kits are interesting options for putting everything you need in one place. These can come in a variety of construction patterns, materials, and prices.

Entire stainless steel islands

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Several functions integrated into countertops

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Understanding the specifics of each space is an essential part of building a successful project. The kitchen is a space where every element plays a key role and where every square meter must be well thought out. Although these tips may seem simple, they can make a world of difference when preparing a meal or in the daily routines of this important space.

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Find out more about products and solutions for kitchens in the Architonic catalogue.

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