Kitchen Work Center Essentials

Every kitchen should have three distinct work centers: food storage and preparation, cooking, and cleanup. Here are some points to keep in mind when designing them.
Design Efficient Kitchen Work Spaces

Just as the kitchen's work triangle has three points -- cooktop, sink, and refrigerator -- the kitchen itself has three work centers.

Food Preparation and Storage Work Center
Be sure to plan well-organized kitchen storage for canned and dry goods, mixing bowls, casserole dishes, cookbooks, and small appliances. A pantry with roll-out shelving makes reaching that can of soup in the back of the cupboard a snap.

Situate the primary food storage near the longest stretch of countertop for easy access to items while cooking. The best places for food storage are cabinets attached to cool outside walls near shaded north-facing windows. Cabinets and walls near heat sources -- such as the dishwasher, oven, or refrigerator -- are not ideal places for storing food.

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