Part 1: What is an ‘Intelligent Kitchen’ and common kitchen layouts

Engage our Intelligent Kitchens design ethos. Looks are important, but throughout your planning journey think about how you can also design your new kitchen to be as intelligent as possible. A kitchen that’s planned intelligently promises to minimise the strain on your body through everyday use. Crucially, Hettich’s Intelligent Kitchens concept divides your kitchen into five functional areas. Knowing the different functional areas of your kitchen means you can make more logical decisions about where things are placed on your floor plan – keeping related items within easy reach and making it effortless to move throughout your space while using it.

The 5 working zones of an intelligent kitchen

Cutlery & crockery
Cutlery & crockery
Cleaning agents & waste
Cleaning agents & waste
Food preparation
Food preparation
Pots & pans
Pots & pans
Food storage
Food storage
Intelligent Kitchen concept illustration showing different working zones

There are three important points to keep in mind when planning an intelligent kitchen:

  1. Keep distances short. Find a kitchen layout that makes the best use of your space and minimises footsteps between frequently used items and appliances.
  2. Get the ergonomics right. Design your kitchen in a way that will eliminate strain and discomfort and think about how that benefits different members of your family.
  3. e smart with storage / staying organised with innovative internal fittings. Maintain a well-ordered kitchen to reduce stress and save time.

We’re going to explore these points in separate posts over the coming weeks broken down as per below. Read on for Part 1: Common kitchen layouts for different spaces.

Part 1: Common kitchen layouts for different spaces

Part 2: Getting the ergonomics right

Part 3: Smart storage

Common kitchen layouts for different spaces

Now, remember the goal at this stage is to keep distances short and find the layout that makes the best use of your space by minimising steps between your working zones.

Preparing food, cooking, and cleaning up are a breeze when you can put your hands on everything you need within a few short steps. But how you achieve this depends on the size and shape of your area as well as your needs and purpose for renovating. By choosing a kitchen layout that works best for you and your space, you’ll be able to better organise your functional areas to suit your typical workflow while realising other benefits such as maximising storage, increasing workspace, and even making room for dining and entertaining.

There are 6 kitchen layouts to consider:

  1. L-shaped kitchen
  2. Single counter kitchen
  3. Galley kitchen
  4. U-shaped kitchen
  5. G-shaped kitchen
  6. Island kitchen

Elements like a kitchen island or a scullery can be used in different ways, which can create something that feels like a different layout. However, the working zones will still be applied in a way that loosely aligns with these 6 common layouts.

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