For the home chef, the chance to design a kitchen is a holy-grail experience. The opportunity to select each and every item that goes into the best (the best!) space in the house is what sautéing, roasting, and poaching dreams are made of. More of a laboratory than anything else, it can be a place that allows the most obsessive cooks to fine-tune their creations, down to the last detail.
This kitchen is about endless possibility. The style smartly stores everything you could possibly need and is home to the devices that make any experiment possible, all while being intuitive enough to not disrupt your flow. From appliances to storage, gadgets to finishing touches, and more, IKEA has everything you need to build out what’s taken shape in your mind.
Appliances are the key element of a chef’s kitchen because, after all, cooking is what brings them joy. Each piece must be up to the challenge of ever-more ambitious techniques.
“Natural workflow is key!” says IKEA Senior Interior Design Leader Viola Mushkudiani. “The size and shape of the kitchen helps to determine the type of layout. Consider the activities and patterns of movement in the kitchen.”
Performance, in all forms
Spring for a hyper-functional range that has a gas cooktop and, maybe, two ovens. Add a range hood to keep odors and fumes at bay, while illuminating your cooking space. A French-door refrigerator allows you to get a full view of what’s stocked, and you’ll want giant crisper drawers that actually control humidity. A no-frost freezer is essential for long-term food storage.
When choosing materials to outfit a chef’s kitchen, Mushkudiani says to spring for the likes of ceramic tiles, stainless steel, glass, and laminate, as well as other others that are easy to wipe clean.
Additionally, since a cook goes through a lot of dishes, a serious dishwasher is a lifesaver. Investing in one that keeps water use low without impacting cleanliness will be worth it—and puts sustainability first.
For when you can’t shove everything into the dishwasher, you’ll love a wide-load sink. While not exactly an appliance, a sink that offers versatility and cleans up easily will make your kitchen function that much better. Go for one large basin or two sink bowls, with add-on accessories like a cutting board or colander that can nestle inside for seamless workflow.
A chef’s kitchen has a place for every spare cooking utensil and errant dish. Keeping tools close at hand is important, but they’ll need a home, too. Opt for a combination of storage that stows what you don’t always need, but keeps frequently used items, as well as a few specialized pieces, within reach—because let’s be real, that latter will let you show off a little bit.
A wall that works
A customizable wall unit that calls to mind restaurant kitchens is basically what every home chef wants. Think interconnecting modules for railings, open wood shelves, metal shelves with drainage, and other storage goodies.
Photo-ready kitchen island
A good-looking island with storage is a real one-two punch: an expanse of workspace and a place for pots and pans. Add a rack above so you can keep your favorite cookware front-and-center, and bring in a couple of stools on one side for an eat-in kitchen, too.
Magnetic rack (not just for knives)
A magnetic rack isn’t just for sharp objects: it’s a versatile accessory that can help out anywhere in your kitchen. Metal whisks, spatulas, and other magnet-friendly tools will stick to it, too—even some metal spice jars or a set of keys you want to keep off the counter.
Pegboards! More pegboards!
Pegboards are infinitely customizable to host a collection of hooks, rails, containers, clips, and shelves, keeping stuff out of the way but easy to find. A roll holder might be perfect for paper towels, and longer hooks can hold a whole lineup of slotted spoons.
With all the high-level stuff out of the way, it’s time to turn to must-have accessories.
Reliable pots and pans
Smart cookware design is on display in the IKEA 365+ series, particularly the stock pot, which offers well-placed handles, interior measuring lines, and is suitable to all types of cooktops. Plus: it’s oven-safe and has a 15-year warranty.
A cooking thermometer
Whether you’re trying to get the right roast on a cut of meat or bake bread to a certain temperature, a reliable cooking thermometer takes the guesswork out of figuring out if something’s done.
Made of one piece of molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel, each knife in the IKEA 365+ set is made to stay sharp for a significant amount of time, and grooves on the handles ensure a secure grip.
Mortar and pestle
A mortar and pestle gives you full control over consistency when crushing spices, pounding solids into powders, or muddling pastes—and using it just feels cool. This set’s chunky profile also looks great on a shelf.
The chef’s kitchen look is full of possibilities. Whether you need help visualizing what is possible, or are looking for a partner in making your dream kitchen come true, IKEA Kitchen Services is here to help. Schedule an appointment to get started.
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