Inside space…The 3rd dimension?

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Birds eye view of a kitchen

Traditionally kitchens have been planned in two dimensional terms – height and length and how the kitchen will lookwhen and installed. Up to now not much thought has gone into what goes on inside the drawers or behind the doors…in other words the inside volume or third dimension of the kitchen has been left out of the planning.

The trend for creating zones in the kitchen is a logical step to create work flows and efficient ergonomics but should not impede the planning process by using zones as an inflexible template around which to plan.

Think of zones as the end result of the kitchen planning process, they will emerge as the kitchen is planned in conjunction with the customer who must add their personal input with regard to the way in which they want to see and use the kitchen and the results they’re looking for.

Effective storage and intelligent use of the inside volume of a kitchen is a key to all of this.

Therefore, the kitchen retailer should approach the way in which he or she sells each kitchen unit as they would any appliance. For instance a fridge would be sold to keep perishables cold, an oven to cook food and a dishwasher to clean dishes and cutlery. So why not approach kitchen cabinets in the same way – by function.

A functional cabinet would be, for example, a cabinet in which to store consumable items – maybe a larder unit, a cabinet for non-consumables like crockery, pots and pans, a unit for storing all cleaning items and materials and so on.

Consumables Larder

Full length consumables larder – the goods you require to come out to you!

By approaching kitchen planning on this basis the zones will emerge, become self evident and generally even locate themselves into the logical planning of the kitchen like the cleaning unit being positioned under or next to the sink area, the pots and pans next to the hob and so on.

The 5 kitchen zones

The five kitchen zones

Blum has approached this on a scientific basis following extensive research. The result is Blum’s advanced Dynamic Space kitchen planning system which groups functional storage cabinets according to five zones of activity in a modern kitchen – Consumables; Non-consumables; Cleaning; Preparation; Cooking.

By the aspirant kitchen buyer working closely with their retailer and kitchen planner (and there are now many Dynamic Space accredited outlets around the country), they can achieve the undoubted advantages and ergonomic benefits of a truly well organised, three dimensional kitchen.

Transparent kitchen units

Think 3D when planning your kitchen

Blum products are found in all good kitchens. For more information on Blum please visit www.blum.co.uk. Find your nearest retailer here

 

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About David Sanders

David Sanders is Blum UK"s Sales & Marketing Director - having worked in the family furniture company from 1988 to 1995, after completing a degree in sales and marketing at Liverpool University, he joined Blum UK in 1997

  Email:  David Sanders

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