Hoodmart recently posted some ideas for folks looking for commercial kitchen design ideas. Our clients were interested in this topic so we thought we’d share some other ideas we’ve learned over the years. Read on and then check out the many commercial kitchen options available from us.
1. Plan the location of your ice machine carefully
When it comes to successful commercial kitchen design, the devil is in the details. When you focus only on the large pieces of equipment, you miss some of the finer details that can make a big difference. An ice machine is the perfect example of this. Almost everyone in the kitchen uses it, yet you don’t want it to be too close to hot cooking surfaces.
2. Use air-gapped drain lines
When you spend the time and money necessary to keep your kitchen prep area as clean as possible – and fully in line with health codes – the last thing you want to deal with is a plumbing backup. This can contaminate your sink and quickly become an expensive and messy issue. Air-gapped drain lines can go a long way toward preventing this. They work by using vertical air space to separate the drainage system from the receptacle – like your sink.
3. Make sure you have water near your cooktops
A pot filler or other water source should be installed as near as possible to where you’ll be using a lot of water. This minimizes how often kitchen workers have to carry huge pots full of water across the kitchen. That can be both dangerous and very disruptive to the workflow.
4. Think about your workers at every step
Your workers need space beyond their work stations. For example, they need changing rooms, lockers, and / or bathrooms, etc. Make sure these spaces are close and convenient to their work stations. If you’re not sure where they’d make the most sense, talk to the people who will be affected – your workers.
At Hoodmart, we love seeing kitchens set up in a way that works for everyone. Our commercial kitchen ventilation products can help you stay in compliance with local codes and work great in a number of kitchen setups. If you’re not sure what you need, or what would work best in your kitchen, reach out to us today. We’re here to help you make the best decision for your unique needs.