If your kitchen needs to accommodate multiple cooks, plan to allow adequate workspace for each task.
- Consider the work triangles, or your patterns of movement, and place appliances to be accessible to multiple cooks.
- A guideline for a work triangle space is a minimum of four feet and a maximum of nine feet.
- Allow 48 to 60 inches of space between your countertops and island.
- Kitchen islands provide additional workspace and are preferred over a peninsula that can box one person in.
- Position sinks or workspace areas so cooks aren’t back-to-back.
- If children are helping, a workspace away from the cooktop is best for safety. More kiddo tips here!
- Place trash and recycling cabinets where both cooks can easily access.
- A separate cooktop and oven work best with multiple cooks.
- A prep sink, often located in an island, is a must when there is more than one cook.
- A garbage disposer in each sink is convenient.