How to Design the Perfect Baker’s Kitchen
National Donut Day is Friday, June 7. According to USA Today, Americans eat around 10 billion donuts each year, and on National Donut Day, donut shops see a 46 percent increase in sales. But if you’re one who would rather bake your breakfast pastries than buy them, you could probably do with a proper kitchen that supports and fosters your baking genius. Whether that involves a full remodel or a simple revamp, here are some must-haves for the perfect baker’s kitchen.
Must-Haves for the Best Baker’s Kitchen
1. Big Island
A large kitchen island is functional and stylish, and it’s essential for bakers of all stripes. You can use it to roll out dough or put your pies out to cool, and you can pull up a stool and enjoy the fruits (or cookies) of your labor. An all-purpose space, the kitchen island is one of those things you don’t know you’re missing until you get one.
You can buy kitchen islands online, and if you have a smaller kitchen, you can opt for a smaller kitchen cart instead. But if you’re considering a renovation, building the kitchen island into your plans will offer the most permanent and seamless integration. Here are some considerations for installing an island in your kitchen:
- Keep storage in mind, and opt for an island with cupboards and drawers.
- Incorporate outlets for small appliances.
- A prep sink and a butcher block counter are convenient additions to an island.
- Opt for a heat-resistant countertop so you can cool those pies and set hot pans on it.
- Choose an island with a standard height so you can use stools with it.
An island should be at least four feet long and at least two feet deep. Allow plenty of room to walk around the island, and keep in mind the clearance you’ll need for the dishwasher and refrigerator doors.
2. Tech-Savvy Features
Bring technology into your baker’s kitchen with high-tech equipment, such as smart appliances and built-in screens (or a smart TV) that let you access the internet for recipes and tutorials.
Smart appliances bring your kitchen into the 21st century, with Bluetooth- and smart speaker-enabled devices that you can control from your phone or via voice command. The latest smart refrigerators let you stream music, remotely check your fridge for ingredients, and watch TV on a large door-front screen. Smart ovens feature voice control and convection cooking, and you can preheat and otherwise operate them from your phone. A built-in charging station and a sturdy stand for your device are the icing on the cake.
3. The Right Countertop Material
Bakers love granite and marble, since they make for an ideal, non-stick rolling surface and are easy to clean and maintain. But quartz and Corian countertops are becoming increasingly popular for bakers. Corian is a non-porous material developed by DuPont that resists mold, mildew, and bacteria, and it doesn’t need to be sealed. It’s available in endless colors and styles, and its price is comparable to that of granite and quartz. However, it can be scorched by hot pans, unlike granite and quartz.
Quartz countertops are ideal for baking because they stay cool, which means the butter won’t melt as you roll out your dough, and the dough won’t stick as you cut out your cookies. Quartz countertops are pore-less, making them easy to clean, and, like Corian, they don’t need to be sealed.
4. Butler’s Pantry
A butler’s pantry is a larger version of the walk-in pantry and provides storage and a staging and prep area for large or elaborate meals. The butler’s pantry greatly expands your storage space, making it possible to buy all of the latest gadgets and keep them off the counters until you need them.
Consider glass-front doors for the cabinets in your butler’s pantry, which allow you to find what you need at a glance. The butler’s pantry is a great place for a wine refrigerator or a stand-alone ice maker.
5. Open Shelving
Open shelves in your kitchen break up cabinet faces and make your kitchen seem bigger. They offer easy access to oversized tools like mixing bowls, the mixer, and bundt pans and other ovenware. Open shelves are a great place to store your cookbook collection, and they can showcase your favorite dishes, such as your Fiestaware collection or the iconic vintage CorningWare set passed down by your grandma. Open shelves can be installed above or below the countertop, and they’re a great fixture for the butler’s pantry.
6. Durable, Easy-Maintenance Flooring
A kitchen remodel gives you the opportunity to choose easy-to-maintain flooring. While tile is still one of the most commonly used flooring types in the kitchen, dirt and grime can build up in the grouted joints, making the kitchen floor look dingy and dirty. Happily, nowadays, you have lots of practical options for kitchen flooring.
- Hardwood floors were once a poor choice for the kitchen, since moisture and humidity don’t mix well with wood. But today’s waterproof engineered hardwood presents an attractive option for the second wettest room in the home.
- Bamboo floors are harder than hardwood and engineered wood, which is ideal when you drop a heavy pot on the floor.
- Vinyl flooring is also ideal for the kitchen, since it’s waterproof and won’t stain or dent. Vinyl is inexpensive and easy to install, and it’s available in endless designs and colors.
Take some time to analyze how you use your kitchen when you bake, and use that information to create a personalized layout that works the way you do. Perhaps this involves installing a lower counter for your kneading needs, moving the location of the oven, or creating more counter space so you can spread out a little more. Only you can decide what will make your baker’s kitchen the perfect place for your favorite pastime, and a reputable designer and contractor can bring it to fruition.