Your Guide to the 3 Zones of Kitchen Storage
You probably think of kitchen storage all the time – where to put that new appliance you just bought, when you’ll have to purge your pots and pans to make more room, wishing you had an extra cupboard – the list goes on.
But if you haven’t ever stopped to think about how storage is organised in a kitchen, and how this reflects your kitchen workflow – you could be missing out on key ideas on how to make the most of your kitchen storage.
In this blog, we’ll explore the three hubs of storage in the typical kitchen; what these areas are used for, and how to get the most out of them.
Zone 1: Fridge storage
For the food-minded among us, the fridge zone is one of the kitchen’s most central elements. Home to not only the major appliance, the fridge zone also usually consists of the pantry and some cabinetry.
When thinking about what we use this zone for, a regular activity is putting away groceries. When you come home and place your shopping bags down on the bench, the last thing you then want to do is trek back and forth across the kitchen to put things away. Vacant bench space adjacent to the fridge zone will make this process much more straightforward.
Next, you’ll access the fridge zone when preparing meals. Having this area as part of a ‘triangle’ close to both preparation space and the oven means that it’s easy to get your ingredients out, and also easy if you’re mid-cook and need to add a spice or condiment to the dish.
Staple ingredients and utensils for food preparation should live in this zone, along with small benchtop appliances that aren’t in use every day.
The fridge zone can also be a great place to store cookbooks, to give you inspiration when looking in the fridge before dinner.
Zone 2: Sink storage
Used for both preparation and cleanup, the sink zone gets a lot of traffic in the kitchen. A central space between the fridge and cooktop zone, the sink should be home to your bins along with cleaning equipment and chemicals for easy access when you need it. This can also be the best home for your dishwasher.
An uncluttered sink area can be hard to achieve – with drying racks, drain space and the dishes themselves to accommodate. But having ample bench space either side of your sink will help keep clutter under control, particularly if you’re someone who enjoys cooking often.
The sink zone is typically home to crockery, glassware and cutlery, with the space to lay these out on the bench in preparation for serving; as well as easy access from the dishwasher to put them away.
Zone 3: Cooking storage
The cooking zone, home to your cooktop and oven, completes the workflow triangle. As this is where the action happens, anything related to cooking should generally live within this zone.
Cooling racks and serving dishes along with cookware like pots and pans should be within easy reach of your cooking area.
Thinking about the cooking process, items like oil, spices, salt and pepper should be kept nearby to easily add an extra pinch to the pot.
The cooking zone may also be a good home for your microwave, whether under the bench or concealed in cabinetry.
Additions like an island bench also create further options for storage in your kitchen. While we’ve outlined a general guide to kitchen storage above, Apollo Kitchens understands that every kitchen is as unique as the people who use it. Read our tips on maximising space in a small kitchen, what to include in an entertainer’s kitchen, or how to make a kid-friendly kitchen.