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How to Design a Commercial Open Kitchen?

When designing a commercial open kitchen,  careful planning and consideration are required to create an efficient workspace. Yet the priority will be to meet the needs of the restaurant staff whilst providing an enjoyable experience for diners. This is not even considering the need for 100% functionality of all kitchen equipment along with the kitchen layout.

An NWCE Commercial Kitchen Designer will be able to drastically improve old kitchen designs for instant results.  Alternatively, if it is a new kitchen we can set it up for success with an effective Restaurant Kitchen Design. With each commercial kitchen designer having years of experience working with kitchens, your new kitchen is bound for success.

From layout and equipment selection to safety and workflow optimization, here are some essential steps to designing a commercial open kitchen.

Commercial Kitchen Design at NWCE

Designing a commercial open kitchen can be complex, especially when considering the technical requirements and regulations. It is advisable to work with professional commercial kitchen designers or consultants who have experience in designing functional kitchens. They can provide valuable insights, help with equipment selection, and ensure that before starting the design process, thoroughly assess your restaurant’s needs and concept. Consider the type of cuisine you’ll be serving, the expected volume of customers, and the available space for the kitchen. This evaluation will help you determine the size, layout, and equipment requirements for your open kitchen.

Focus on the Kitchen Layout First

The layout of your open kitchen should promote efficiency and allow for a smooth workflow. The most common layouts for open kitchens include the island or “U-shaped” design, where equipment and workstations are arranged around a central cooking area. Or the “assembly line” design, where different stations are dedicated to specific tasks, such as prepping, grilling, and baking.

Place equipment strategically to maximise workflow and ensure safety. So position equipment in proximity to the cooking area such as grills, ovens, and fryers. On the other hand, refrigeration units and prep stations should be conveniently located for easy access to ingredients.

Efficient use of space will maximise storage by incorporating shelving, cabinets, and racks for utensils, cookware, and ingredients. Consider utilising vertical space for storage to keep countertops clear and accessible. Incorporate sufficient workspace for food prep, and ensure there is ample room for staff to move around without congestion.

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Building a commercial open kitchen for the long-term

Select Appropriate Materials: Choose durable and easy-to-clean materials for the kitchen surfaces and flooring. Stainless steel is a popular choice due to its durability, resistance to heat and corrosion, and ease of cleaning. Non-slip flooring is essential to prevent accidents in a fast-paced environment where spills and moisture are common.

Adequate ventilation is critical in a commercial kitchen to remove heat, smoke, and cooking odours. Install a reliable ventilation system that meets local health and safety regulations. Consider the placement of ventilation hoods and exhaust fans to effectively capture and remove airborne contaminants.

Safety should be a top priority in any commercial kitchen. Design the layout to minimize the risk of accidents and injuries. Ensure there are clearly marked pathways and adequate space between workstations. Install fire suppression systems, fire extinguishers, and emergency exits in compliance with local fire codes. Incorporate non-slip flooring, proper lighting, and ergonomic design principles to reduce the risk of workplace injuries.

Important Considerations for Your Restaurant Kitchen Design

Design your open kitchen with accessibility for all in mind. Ensure that countertops, sinks, and cooking equipment are at appropriate heights for all staff members. Incorporate accessible pathways and workstations for individuals with mobility impairments. Consult with experts in accessibility design to ensure compliance with accessibility guidelines.

Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood, so incorporate a combination of natural and artificial lighting to ensure sufficient illumination. Use task lighting above workstations to provide focused lighting for food preparation. Consider using dimmable lights to adjust the ambience based on the time of day or the type of dining experience you want to create.

Above all, you need to consider and calculate the return on investment when investing in your kitchen project. Prioritise investments in essential equipment and infrastructure that will contribute to operational efficiency and customer satisfaction. Seek cost-effective solutions and compare prices from multiple suppliers to ensure you are getting the best value for your budget.

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NWCE Kitchen Design and Install services

For your commercial kitchen installation and commercial kitchen design projects, come to NWCE. North West Catering Engineers are a workforce of experienced professionals, who drastically improve old kitchens and install the new ones. We will help you plan everything from ventilation maintenance to brand-new appliances.

To get your new project up and running as soon as possible, all you need to do is contact us. The straightforward contact form allows you to inform us of enquiries and give us contact information. So to do exactly that, get in contact by clicking here.

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