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5-Zone Kitchen

Being in love with the open-Kitchen, do you think the classical kitchen triangle is working out ?

Whenever we think of a Kitchen layout, the three-zone rule is constant in all our minds. But we have to realize the fact that the usage of the older era kitchen and the usage of the kitchen we have now, are not so similar. Open-plan and connected spaces top many kitchen wish lists today, according to the experts. Which means it may be time to adjust our thinking to the “five-zone” approach. Here’s everything we have for you regarding this.

What is a 3-Zone Kitchen? 

kitchen work zones

The work triangle in the kitchen is the area between the stove, the sink and the refrigerator. These are the spaces where the movement takes place while cooking or cleaning in the kitchen. If three are not positioned clearly, you may find yourself carrying dirty dishes too far to the sink, or not having the fridge close enough to fetch ingredients for cooking.

U-shaped kitchen ideas

The three-zone layout still works for smaller kitchens, such as this Perfect U-shaped space.

What has changed?

Nowadays , in many homes the kitchen is not closed off like a separate room. Kitchen we have now is bigger than the kitchen that we had because of the additions in them like Kitchen islands, multiple people walking around and through them-Often doing different things at once ,such as cooking ,prepping or working on a laptop. 

What Are the Key Elements of a Five-Zone Kitchen?

A U shaped kitchen with an island.

1. Cooking zone. The cooktop and oven.

2. Cleaning zone. Often allowing for a left-to-right movement. This takes the user from the dirty zone to the clean zone, moving from the trash and the sink to the dishwasher.

3. Consumables zone. Food storage, whether it’s the pantry or the refrigerator, as well as a place to unpack groceries that’s within reach of or a few steps from the cupboards and the refrigerator.

4. Non-consumables zone. Cooking and dining essentials, such as pots, pans and plates.

5. Preparation zone. If you’re designing a new kitchen, remember that the more countertop space the better. Aim for at least 4 feet of open, uninterrupted counter space in at least one area, and allow for at least 15 inches of space on either side of the sink.

The modern kitchen is no longer just for cooking — it’s a living, dining and entertaining zone too. As such, we are seeing the rise of a new five-zone approach to kitchen design.The kitchen is no longer just for cooking and needs to be able to adapt to the various technical requirements of different age groups, tasks and devices. So,how many zones you have in your kitchen  and how is it working out for you ? Let us know your experience by leaving a comment.

Research by Ar.Vinodha



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