Commercial Kitchen Design: 7 Tips for Maximizing Efficiency

December 22, 2022
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Designing a commercial kitchen can be a challenging task. With the right design and equipment, a commercial kitchen can become more efficient, reducing labor costs and increasing productivity and profit.

In this guide, we’ll learn about 7 design tips to help maximize efficiency in a commercial kitchen:

  1. Choose the right layout
  2. Utilize space wisely
  3. Use the right equipment
  4. Add automation
  5. Utilize lighting
  6. Use color coding
  7. Implement an environmental plan

1-Choose the Right Layout

The first step to designing a commercial kitchen is to choose the right layout. The best way to maximize efficiency is to design a kitchen that has efficient workflow and easy access to all the equipment and supplies. A good kitchen layout should include the following: hot and cold preparation areas, cooking areas, serving areas, storage areas, and cleaning and sanitizing areas.

If you’re uncertain about what kitchen layout is best for your food service check our article about the 5 main commercial kitchen layouts.

commecial kitchen floor plan

2-Utilize Space Wisely

When designing a commercial kitchen, it is important to make the most of the available space. Utilizing the space wisely by adding equipment and storage solutions that are efficient and organized can help to maximize efficiency in the kitchen. For example, adding wall-mounted shelving units and pegboard can help to maximize available space and keep the kitchen organized.

In our modular prefabricated commercial kitchen designs, we use a lot of wall-mounted shelves for vertical storage. This helps maximize space storage while making equipment, appliances and ingredients easily accessible like in this 160 sqft pizza kitchen.

pizza kitchen contekpro

3-Use the Right Kitchen Equipment

Using the right equipment can help to maximize efficiency in a commercial kitchen. Choosing the right equipment will depend on the type of food being served and the size of the kitchen. It is important to choose equipment that is easy to use and can handle the daily workload. Our essential kitchen equipment guide can help you determine what you need in your commercial kitchen.

4-Add Automation

Adding automation to a commercial kitchen can help to optimize efficiency. This can include installing an automated ordering system, which can help to reduce human errors and improve accuracy. Robotization is also another way to improve your kitchen design. Robotization can help improve commercial kitchen design by reducing labor costs, increasing efficiency, and improving food safety and quality. Automated systems can be used to automate food preparation and assembly, as well as to manage inventory. Automation can also be used to help monitor food safety and quality, as well as to streamline ordering and food production processes. Automated systems can provide real-time data on kitchen operations, reducing labor costs and increasing efficiency. Additionally, robotization can be used to design more efficient kitchen layouts, which can further reduce labor costs and improve operational efficiency.

ContekPro and Picnic have recently announced a partnership to design the first modular automated pizza kitchen.

Picnic and contekpro modular pizza kitchen concept

5-Utilize Lighting

Utilizing the right lighting can help to increase efficiency in a commercial kitchen. Adding task lighting to workstations can help to reduce eye strain and improve visibility. Additionally, adding natural lighting to the kitchen can help to reduce the amount of energy needed to light the kitchen.

6-Use Color Coding

Using color coding in a commercial kitchen is another great tip to increase efficiency in your commercial kitchen. Color-coded supplies, equipment, and utensils can help to reduce the amount of time it takes to find the right items and keep the kitchen organized. It’s all about organization in a commercial kitchen!

7-Implement an Environmental Plan

Creating an environmental plan can help to reduce the amount of energy and resources used in a commercial kitchen. This can include using energy-efficient equipment, utilizing renewable energy sources, and reducing the use of single-use plastics.

Speaking of environment, our modular prefabricated kitchens are sustainable by design. Our units are factory-built using modularity as a construciton method. This helps reduce construction waste by up to 70%. Additionally, our kitchens are all well insulated and we use energy efficient kitchen equipment to reduce this energy bill.

These 7 design tips can help to maximize efficiency in a commercial kitchen. With the right design and equipment, a commercial kitchen can become more efficient, reducing labor costs and increasing productivity.

mobile kitchen

Our prefabricated commercial kitchens are designed by our professional architects and kitchen designers to optimze and maximize efficiency. Check our standard commercial kitchen floor plans here and don’t hesitate to contact our specialists.

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