What Are Kitchen Zones?

August 30, 2017

If you’re an avid fan of games and challenges being played out in a giant fantasy world, then you may have noticed the Crystal Maze zones being back on your television once again. For those of you that don’t know, don’t worry. It’s just a clever way of trying to introduce kitchen zones.

Zoning a kitchen is all about creating clear areas for designated activities, typically split into three; food preparation, cooking and cleaning up. Despite our recent blog exploring Open Plan Kitchens, zoning is an important way of ensuring that your kitchen is practical as well as beautiful!

Matching Purpose with Panache

Breaking up the space of a kitchen and allocating them into different functions will essentially create a ‘zone’. Without these dedicated zones, you run the risk of cutting up your raw meat on your dish drying rack or having your clean dishes prepared for cooking, and so on. When designing a kitchen, even an open plan one, it’s a wise idea to get your zoning mapped out – also considering how each zone interacts with one another!

Whether traditional or contemporary, kitchen zones are always present. Some larger kitchens may have extra spaces to accommodate socialising, entertainment or simply an area to lounge around in. This would mean another ‘zone’ is added to the core three zones of preparation, cooking and cleaning!


Positioning your Zones

Selecting the zones is just half of the job because positioning them appropriately is also vital! Finalising how to position the different areas and how they interact with one another within the constraints of the room is essential for functionality and practicality purposes. For instance, the food preparation zone should have easy access to the cooking zone to ensure smooth transitions from ingredients to dish.

There is also something dubbed the ‘golden triangle’ where a three-point rule suggests the dishwasher should be the near the sink, the bin should be near the dishwasher and the food preparation area should be close to the hobs. The best way and probably broadest way to think about this is to keep your most-used areas of the kitchen near each other.


Some areas of the kitchen can provide multi-purpose/functional apparatus. Something like a kitchen island can give you a work zone as well as a social spot! One day your kitchen island could be an additional work surface, the next, a cool breakfast bar. Kitchen features are also becoming more and more inventive, so kitchen islands can also double-up as storage units too!

At Simply Kitchens we look at every aspect of your family life before designing your kitchen. We believe that everyone is different and will create the perfect kitchen to fit your family’s needs.
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