How To Design An Efficient Kitchen

Save time, effort, and plenty of frustration when working in the kitchen with these tips.

Updated on March 21, 2019 13:03 pm

Catherine Zhang

How To Design An Efficient Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of every home. Even if you are not an avid cook, the kitchen is one of the most important spaces in your home where people come together and enjoy quality time. More than the aesthetic, the functionality of your kitchen is even more important. The way it’s laid out should ensure a continuous workflow. Poor layout can result in wasted time, money, effort, and brings heaps of frustration.

Whether you’d only want a functional kitchen or to design your dream space, here are some tips on how to layout an efficient and optimised kitchen space:

1. Create your work triangle.

An efficient kitchen keeps the distance between your main work stations as short as possible. You’ll save up on everything if you place the three main functions of the kitchen (cleaning, cooking, storing) close enough to each other. This is your work triangle. A well-designed triangle layout isn’t too cramped and shouldn’t take you too many steps to move from point A to point B.

2. Lighting is... everything!

Lighting is one of the most important features of your kitchen as it adds functionality, drama, and beauty. Great kitchens have three major types of lighting: task lighting (focused, down light), accent lighting (sconces or pendant lamps), and general lighting (from windows or overhead light). Be sure to have proper lighting in your space to avoid kitchen mishaps and ensure efficiency.

3. Place drawer to the left and right of the gas range.


Surely, you don’t want to get down on your knees to get a pan or pot for your cooking task, right? For a more efficient and practical kitchen, place drawers on both sides of the range to easily access what you need while cooking.

4. Anticipate larger appliances.

When building your kitchen from scratch, you should plan for a spot for larger appliances. This will give you enough storage space for your large appliances in case you don’t need them.

5. Keep counters clutter-free.

Aside from designating space for huge appliances, you should keep a clean workspace in your kitchen. Keeping a clutter-free workspace will optimise your cooking workflow and avoid any kitchen accidents.

6. Hang it up.

If you have a really small kitchen, you can use the wall space near your cooking station to hang your favourite pots, pans, spatulas, and whisks. Not only will you save a good amount of space in your kitchen cabinet and drawers, but you'll also be able to reach these kinds of kitchenware easily and as quickly as possible.

7. Put your favourites up front.

Place your most frequently used and abused items at the front of your kitchen cabinets for better reach. Use the vertical space, too! With your daily kitchen essentials within arm’s length, you’ll be able to save time digging your fave spice in every rack.

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