A kitchen is a room or an area which is furnished and supplied with kitchen tools and utensils used to prepare and cook food. It is the center of food production in restaurants, hotels, eateries, hospitals, canteens and other similar establishments where food is served. In modern homes, the kitchen has a stove or an oven, a separate microwave oven, a refrigerator, a sink with hot and cold water, a cabinet full of kitchen wares, cookware, tableware, silverware, flatware, glassware, you name it, and other electrical appliances.
The kitchen should be in the proper order of things to attain the comfort and effectiveness in the preparation and cooking of food. It should be situated in the coolest part of the house so as to stay away from the sun’s heat and to obtain an airy and refreshing ambiance around the room. The cooking process emits heat which is produced by continuous cooking, thus, proper ventilation should be provided by constructing wide windows for the entrance of free-flowing air into the room. It should have a front door, to make available the easy access to the dining area when food will be served, and a back door to provide the uninterrupted arrival of food products and supplies to the kitchen. The arrangement of cabinets, working table, chairs and other appliances in the kitchen should be in such a way that enough and free space to move around the kitchen is provided.
Planning the right type of arrangement for our kitchen is a tedious task but an enjoyable activity for the family. Aside from planning the color scheme we desire and complementing the theme with elegant kitchen furniture and accessories, we should also consider the area of our kitchen. A wide area gives all the favorable options including the choice of kitchen furniture and appliances. But for a small kitchen area there are some considerations to take into account. Researching and seeking the advice of experts will help but if your budget says no then the planning and decisions will naturally come from you and your creativity will be put to the test.
Let us tackle the considerations for the small area. First of all, as one “how-to” website suggests, the kitchen should be rid off of excess kitchen wares that are unnecessary and occupied valuable space. Secondly, the presence of overhead cabinets gives a bulky appearance to small kitchens, thus, open shelves are recommended so as to give an airy look looking through the wall behind. A third solution is the use of stack trays which are usually made of hard plastic, wood or stainless steel. In each stack tray can be stored with condiments, or spices, or canned goods, pastas, and other consumer goods which require storage. The fourth matter of concern is the size of the refrigerator. A large one is not advisable as it occupies too much space in a small kitchen whereas a small refrigerator is much more preferred. An impressive kitchen is a well-planned kitchen wherein every piece of furniture, appliances, utensils, and other kitchen paraphernalia are in consonance with its type, area, and structure.