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4 Top Tips for Restaurant Kitchen Design

by Shannon Dauphin

Restaurant kitchen design is meant to accommodate preparation and serving of food for hundreds, if not thousands of people each day. Therefore, the design must have perfect flow and balance. Homeowners can take a few clues from restaurant kitchen design when planning their own kitchens, especially if they love to entertain on a regular basis.

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Restaurant Kitchen Design for Your Home

There are a restaurant kitchen design points you can take away for your own projects.

  • Consider the space. One of the biggest points of restaurant kitchen design is the sheer space to move around. Your kitchen should have the room for mingling guests with wine glasses in hand, talking and watching as you prepare dinner.
  • An effective work triangle. The triangle of refrigerator/stove/sink should be very clear and easy to maneuver around. Islands in the way are bad. Smooth transition from one place to the other is very good.
  • Commercial equipment. Small appliances need not apply in restaurant kitchen design. Opt for six-burner stoves (or more), double-sided refrigerators, and a separate freezer. More than one sink and plenty of counter space can turn your kitchen into a great workspace.
  • Durable and easy to clean. Floors in restaurants take a real beating, so they have to be made of very durable materials that are a snap to clean up. Take note from your favorite restaurant and choose flooring that is easy on your feet, easy to clean, and durable enough to handle that dropped pot or splash of spaghetti sauce.

Finally, don't forget the lighting. Plenty of direct lighting on workspaces is a good idea, and so is an overhead light that adds ambiance to the room. Invite your guests and enjoy the wide open space you have created.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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