Here at Priory Kitchen Studio, we are Preston’s leading kitchen design specialists. And we work with homeowners and property developers across Preston, and the North West, to deliver top quality, stunning kitchen solutions. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about the role of zonal areas in open plan kitchens.

What are zones in the kitchen?

Zonal areas in the kitchen are areas that are defined by the activity that mostly takes place there, and these are made separate to other zonal areas with visual or subtle barriers. For open plan kitchens, zonal areas are important for maintaining a good kitchen flow and improving the functionality of your kitchen.

What are the advantages of creating zonal areas for open plan kitchens?

There are a number of advantages and benefits to creating these zonal areas in an open plan kitchen. These advantages include:

  • Making the space more practical- creating zones in the kitchen can help improve the functionality of your kitchen. The food preparation zone is the area in which food is prepared more frequently. With this in mind, you can organise your storage and worktop space accordingly so that you have everything you need to hand, easily and quickly.
  • Easier to relax- if your open plan kitchen is combined with a dining or relaxing space, or a casual seating space, you will find it much easier to relax if this zone is apart from the food preparation area. This is because you wont be in the way, or leaving your own items in the way when it comes to preparing food, and you will also be away from any mess in the kitchen made during the cooking process.

What should you consider when creating zonal areas?

Zonal areas can be defined in a number of effective ways, and there are some considerations to bear in mind when creating different kitchen zones. These include:

  • Creating a barrier- a visual or physical barrier can be used to define zones in an open plan kitchen. This can include using a kitchen island to separate or divide some space, or using a different tiling effect, a different flooring option or even changing the lighting. These subtle dividing options can create zones without physically blocking off different parts of the kitchen.
  • The purpose of each zone- each zone should have a clearly defined purpose so that you can plan around this.

For more information or advice, or for your new kitchen, get in touch with the experts today, here at Priory Kitchen Studio.

by Priory Kitchen Studio