What You Need to Know Before Designing a Commercial Kitchen - What You Need to Know Before Designing a Commercial Kitchen

What You Need to Know Before Designing a Commercial Kitchen


When it comes to starting your own restaurant business, one element that should not be overlooked is your commercial kitchen design. This is equally important, if not more, than the overall design of your restaurant shopfront’s layout and seating.


You and your staff will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen daily. Our commercial kitchen design will be a key to success when it comes to efficient operations, delivering your menu, and keeping a safe and compliant work environment for your staff.

What should you prepare before designing a commercial kitchen?

Storage areas

This is more than just shelves for stacking serving dishes and utensils. It would help if you also considered where you would store these items for the user’s convenience. In addition to kitchen tools, you’ll need to plan for the storage of food items as well. Cold rooms can be used to store fresh produce; however, you should consider the sizing, temperature, and functionality. For items stored outside of refrigeration, how much additional pantry space will you require?

Delivery and operation process

Similar to a production line in manufacturing, your commercial kitchen should be designed to maximise workflow. What is the process from preparation to cooking, to serving and then cleaning? Does your layout make sense, or does it cause unnecessary moving around of your kitchen crew? Consider the positioning of each work station so that the delivery process can be carried out efficiently. This is also a consideration for maintaining a safe environment in the workplace and avoiding cross-contamination.


You may have the grandest ideas for your new kitchen, but you need to plan a realistic budget as a business. It is easy to go overboard when it comes to selecting your equipment and appliances, with a large array of choices that come with extensive functionalities which you might not even need. This is best done in consultation with a professional designer or equipment supplier who can help determine your needs and provide realistic recommendations that match your budget. You can always add to your kitchen as your business grows, allowing you to reinvest more funds.

Supplying commercial catering equipment since 1982, Ace Catering Equipment has become a trusted and recognised supplier for the hospitality industry, serving the local Brisbane community. We are committed to maintaining a high level of personal service and offer a FREE initial consultation service.

A correctly planned and designed kitchen, with the right catering equipment, will work smoothly and efficiently. This is where we can help! We have saved many customers thousands of dollars in selecting the equipment that is the right fit for their needs and budget.

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