Spice storage, pots and pans, and cooking utensils placed immediately around cooking equipment ensure convenient and intuitive access to the tools and staples you need in meal preparation. Personal preference determines whether you want to place these items in upper shelves or cabinets, as in the previous photo, or in drawers and pullout cabinets that are below eye level, as shown here. Either can work, so decide what is best for you and conforms to your design aesthetic.
Anything that involves the cooking process needs to be within the range center. Ovens with ample countertop space next to or closely across from them provide a spot to set down hot items quickly. In immediate and obvious proximity to the range center, put potholders and other items that aid in handling hot cookware. Also use this location to transfer cooked food to serving dishes. Plan to store platters, bowls and other equipment used to get food to the table around the range center.
Plan to have the most uncluttered countertop space in the sink center. The area in and around sinks is used for food-preparation tasks involving cleaning and cutting, as well as washing and cleaning up after meals. Place trash and recycling containers strategically so that tidy disposal happens effortlessly. Storage at sink centers includes places for everyday flatware, dishes and glassware, as well as activities involving waste management, dishtowel placement and storage, cleaning supplies, polishing and drying.
This classic setup with the dishwasher on one side of the sink and a pullout cabinet for compost, trash and recycling on the other side makes kitchen cleanup easier. I highly recommend this layout if you can swing it. It does require a pretty long bank of cabinets to make it fit, because you need 24 inches for a standard-size dishwasher and at least 12 inches for the trash pullout. It’s also nice to have a buffer cabinet on the outside edges of the dishwasher and trash cabinet so the doors can open without running into a perpendicular cabinet or wall.
stain for the lower island? Pro: Stain is Easier to Touch Up Touch-up markers for stains are easier to find, and even if there isn’t an exact match, there’s likely a color out there that closely resembles your stain. Touch-ups also tend to blend better on stained cabinets, especially ones with a lot of grain.
Workstation Relatively new to the market, workstation sinks are quickly gaining accolades for offering innovative multipurpose functionality. Designed with built-in ledges that accommodate movable components such as a cutting board, colander and racks for draining items or drying dishes, workstation sinks allow you to wash, drain, chop, clean and dry over the sink while containing the mess. E Y D E R curated kitchens It’s an efficient setup if you have limited counter space. Just be sure to get a sink with components that are a useful size for you. A tiny chopping board isn’t going to cut it if you’re cooking for a large crew. These sinks also require a bit more work to keep clean due to the ledges and square corners that can trap food debris. My advice is to check out, in person, any workstation sink you’re considering purchasing to make sure the size and design work for you.
Main Sink Plus a Prep Sink If your kitchen is big and bustling, perhaps two separate sinks is the way to go. Typically one larger sink (single- or double-bowl) is situated in the main or central area of the kitchen that’s used for most of the cooking and cleaning chores, and a smaller prep sink is placed in a less prominent place for simpler tasks.
If you prefer the multitasking qualities of a double-bowl sink but need larger bowls, check out your options in extra-wide double-bowl sinks. These come in widths of 36 inches or more and offer more space for sink tasks. Add an integral drainboard and you’ll have plenty of room for washing, rinsing and drying.
2. Single-Bowl Sink With Countertop Drainboard Here’s a fantastic feature for a single-bowl sink that makes hand-washing dishes a bit easier and neater. An in-countertop drainboard allows you to wash, rinse and then set things aside to dry, all while keeping the water contained. These grooves, called runnels, are cut into the countertop and angled to drain runoff water back into the sink. It requires a fairly soft and fully water-resistant countertop material — such as soapstone — to fabricate, but it really expands the functionality of a single-bowl sink.