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The workflow rules for new kitchens

Good planning is the first ingredient needed to make your new kitchen a success.


Take time to consider how your new kitchen is going to be used and what you can do to improve storage capacity, workflow, and traffic flow without stretching your budget.


Plan your new kitchen for functionality before making decisions on details like your appliances, colours, and finishes.


Your KISK kitchen consultant is an expert in contemporary kitchen design and planning, and will always be happy to help you put together a wonderfully functional kitchen plan that suits your needs, within budget.

The rule of the triangle

Kitchen Workflow TriangleThe ideal kitchen layout for ergonomic food preparation will form a triangle between the three main centres of activity in the kitchen: sink, cooktop, and refrigerator.


If your kitchen already conforms to the triangle rule, you might want to retain the essential positions of these three key items when you’re reworking your kitchen layout.


If not, you might want to consider repositioning one or more items so that your new kitchen is the most efficient it can be.


If your kitchen layout is straight and cannot be configured as a triangle, you might want to try positioning the sink in the middle of the line with the cooktop and refrigerator on either side, no more than two steps away from the sink.

Activity zoning in the kitchen

Kitchen with freestanding commercial-style stoveWhile you’re deciding whether to leave the three ‘triangle’ items in their existing locations or reposition them, where to position your kitchen cabinets, and how to configure them, think about how people will be using the kitchen on a day-to-day basis and where you will store things for the greatest convenience.


For example, it makes sense to have the dishwasher located near to the sink, and also within reach of a pull-out waste-sorting cabinet. If you have a benchtop coffee machine, this should also go near the sink and within easy reach of the bin, with coffee cups and associated paraphernalia stored above or below. Allow for the storage of cooking utensils and equipment nearest to the cooktop and oven, whereas storage for cutlery and crockery can be positioned nearer to the dining area. Everyday glassware should be stored near the sink and refrigerator.

Butler’s pantries

Culino RangeThe trend towards having a butler’s pantry is an old idea brought forward with a modern twist.


The butler’s pantry is basically an alcove or small room adjacent to the kitchen which can be used as a scullery (place for dirty dishes and dishwashing), main food pantry, and additional food preparation area where the more mess-making appliances such as blenders are used. Having a butler’s pantry can keep the kitchen clutter-free and cleaner-looking during cooking, which can be more desirable where contemporary open-plan living puts the kitchen right on show.


Some kitchen redesigns can achieve the addition of a butler’s pantry by annexing an adjacent hallway or laundry, for example, as the laundry can be relocated or incorporated Euro-style into the butler’s pantry to create a general-purpose utility room.


It’s hard to tell if butler’s pantries are here to stay as a value-adding kitchen enhancement, or just a fad. Not everyone likes the idea of spending part of their food preparation and washing-up time in a small room, and walking back and forth creates a lot of extra footwork!