Remodeling Your Kitchen? Plan Out Work Stations Ahead Of Time

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If you're planning a complete overhaul of your kitchen, you have a lot of design choices to make. Things can get confusing quickly as you begin to choose your materials and finishes. However, planning the layout is easy if you start by choosing specific kitchen stations. This guide provides five stations to include as you move along in the planning process.

Station 1: Food Prep Area

The area surrounding your kitchen sink should have plenty of cabinets, drawers and counter space. Make a list of all the items you use when you prep meals. Some kitchen prep items that need stored in this station include:

  • knives
  • colanders
  • cutting boards
  • paper towels
  • prep bowls

Station 2: Cooking Area

Plan to have plenty of upper and lower cabinets to store all the items needed for cooking. Add additional storage by incorporating a Lazy Susan to one of the upper cabinets and having racks and shelves added to the other cabinets. Keep in mind that these items should be stored in your cooking station:

  • pots and pans
  • hot pads
  • trivets
  • spices
  • stirring spoons (large)
  • tongs

Station 3: Baking Area

If you're a baker, or want to be in the future, incorporate a baking station so that everything is within easy reach and in its place when you're creating your next sweet masterpiece. Design the space with enough drawers and counter space to accommodate the following:

  • ingredients
  • mixing bowls and spoons
  • electric mixer
  • cookie cutters
  • pie and cake pans
  • cookie sheets
  • parchment paper
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • rolling pins

Station 4: Leftover Area

As you move through the planning process, consider the flow of cleaning up. Choose a different section of your kitchen to store all the items needed to put leftovers away quickly. Everything should be within reach somewhere between the sink and the refrigerator. Some of the items to keep in these drawer and cabinet spaces include:

  • plastic containers and lids
  • zip baggies
  • old plates
  • plastic wrap
  • aluminum foil

Station 5: Coffee and Tea Area

It doesn't matter whether you drink coffee or tea, the more convenient it is to make it, the happier you'll be when you finally take that first sip. Select one section on the counter, under a free cabinet to set up this area. Examples of items to place here are:

  • canisters with coffee, tea, sugar and powdered creamer
  • coffee maker
  • single serve coffee or tea storage container
  • spoons
  • coffee mugs or tea cups

Spend some time planning your new kitchen layout in a manner that works for you and your family. If you don't bake, or drink coffee or tea, then use that area for other interests. Ask your home improvement store specialist for other ideas on developing a kitchen design that provides organization for a convenient and relaxed atmosphere. Contact a company like Huber Lumber Co to get started.

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