A kitchen is usually a segment or section of a larger room or space used specifically for food preparation and cooking in a living or in a professional establishment. Most families all have a refrigerator, a stove, and some form of electrical appliance. The primary functions of the kitchen are to cook, store and prepare food (including to complete other related tasks like dishwashing). However, it also serves as a social hub for family activities as much as it does for feeding guests and providing refreshments on a daily basis. Thus, even if we do not consider ourselves “regular” people because we do not tend to shop or dine in the same place every day, the kitchen is still a central area for our social life.
In contrast, the residential kitchen tends to be bigger, with a kitchen bench where we can do small jobs like cutting vegetables or placing ingredients in the bread machine. It is also typically equipped with a stove and refrigerator. The stove is used for heating, cooking, melting butter or frying food. Refrigerator is used mostly for storing food and beverages in its insulated shelves, while the microwave oven is used mostly for cooking.
A kitchen therefore need not be made up entirely of one large room or area. It can actually consist of three or more small areas separated by a small number of large open spaces, all connected by at least one small sink, an upper cook top, and a few cabinets for storage purposes. In fact, most kitchens tend to have two sinks in front of the stove, so that when one is working on a food preparation, it does not spill over to the adjacent sink from the previous cooking job. Also, having an upper cooktop for easier cooking makes the kitchen cabinets that are placed below the stove and on either side of the cabinets slightly useful as work spaces, especially if they also have shelves.
Usually, small kitchen can accommodate up to four cabinets along three walls, with the middle cabinet located in the centre of the room and the other two cabinets on either sides. Having two types of cabinets along the three walls creates more storage space. These types of cabinets along the three walls can be fitted with doors or simply left open. The most popular configuration is the l-shaped configuration, with the left side as the doors and the right side as the storage space. This configuration is quite flexible; the position of the sink can be changed to suit any meal preparation, and the doors can always be pulled open for added convenience.
For open kitchens, the position of the cabinets is even more important. Most kitchens have open kitchens because of the space saving benefits, but in some cases, such as in families with many children and pets, it is preferred to keep the kitchen closed. Having two types of cabinets along the wall makes it easy to turn the cabinet on its side if needed or even flip it over to face another direction. It also saves the floor space since you would not need extra cabinets on each side of the wall.
The style of your cabinetry depends on your personal preference. While traditional looks are great for themed kitchens, modern and contemporary styles look best on an all stainless steel kitchen area. There are different finishes that you can choose for your cabinetry including unfinished, pre-finished, and painted. There are also materials that you can choose from, including stainless steel, aluminum, glass, wood, and more.