With a zone layout, your kitchen will be perfectly adapted to your needs and the carrying out of tasks, including washing the dishes. Find out how to optimize your kitchen's washing area!
It’s no secret, the recipe for a functional kitchen starts with a good plan. The washing area is key to any kitchen, yet it’s often treated as an afterthought. It’s one of the most important areas, however, since it gets used every single day.
The Requirements for an Effective Washing Area
Bringing together, naturally, the sink and the dishwasher, this area also includes space for waste, recycling, and compost bins. Instinctively, daily maintenance products will also have their place here.
A Selection of Appropriate Plumbing Accessories
Choosing a sink can seem trivial. Yet, plumbing accessory retailers have a multitude of options to offer. Depending on the space available and its use, you could choose a sink with a single basin, a basin-and-a-half, or two basins. Some sinks even have an integrated strainer. These models, usually bigger, allow you to let dishes dry without having to use a standalone rack intended for this purpose.
Regardless of your choice of sink, most models are usually available in configurations for installation over or under the counter. Recognized for its easily integrable design and ease of maintenance, the under-counter sink is, however, reserved for kitchens featuring solid surface counters. Porcelain, concrete, quartz and granite are a few examples of such surfaces.
In addition, when looking into plumbing accessories you will need, it’s important to pay careful attention to sink hardware. We recommend, namely, models integrating a retractable spray nozzle, a very practical option.
Make sure you analyze all of the optional accessories offered on the market. The addition of a second faucet, specifically for filtered water, or an integrated soap pump are examples of the possibilities that can add comfort to your washing area on a daily basis.
The Unit Located Under the Sink
The unit under the sink provides precious storage space. This unit’s layout can be highly optimized by adding sliding drawers. It’s also the perfect spot for storing the kitchen cleaning items you need the most. Here are a few examples:
- Scouring utensils
- Cleaning products
- Dishwashing and dishwasher soap
- Dish cloths
- Garbage bags
These days, most kitchens have a dishwasher. It plays an essential part in facilitating your daily life, and so should ideally be located immediately next to the unit under the sink.
We are familiar with its traditional form, a door opening downwards, but there are also certain models using two independent sliding drawers instead. In both cases, we recommend covering the dishwasher with decorative doors that match the cabinets to keep it out of sight. In short, the choice of your washing device is an integral part of an efficient washing area.
The Waste Station
Naturally, the space under the sink is an obvious spot to keep the waste and recycling bins. However, using an adjacent unit allows you to integrate a bigger sliding system. According to your household needs, a unit with three distinct containers is usually optimal: one bin for waste, one for recycling, and another reserved for compost.
For carrying out tasks in an optimal way, try to position the waste area near the preparation area, whenever possible. That way, you can instinctively clean out plates before washing them, and throwing out food scraps when preparing meals.
Finally, your washing area should be carefully designed with your needs in mind, making your recurring tasks as optimal as possible. It will make cleaning chores so much more pleasant!