Your kitchen is where you prepare the foods that you eat. As such, it should be both convenient and attractive in appearance.
Like the work triangle of your house, the kitchen work triangle also consists of three important parts–the work area, cooktop, and refrigerator. The kitchen work triangle should be designed as a work space that offers multiple functional areas. In a kitchen with only one working area, the cooking is often done in the oven or stove. In contrast, an efficiently designed kitchen with two working spaces provides you with additional countertop area for preparing meals and other kitchen work. In fact, some kitchens have several separate work areas and each area is used for different activities like washing dishes, preparing foods, putting on makeup, reading a cookbook, etc.
The size of the kitchen work triangle should be proportional to the amount of space available. It can be considered as a guide to the proportions of the room for example, the size of a rectangle room will be more proportional to a rectangular kitchen than to a square or oval kitchen.
In addition to providing space for working, the countertop area should provide adequate room for storing dishes and utensils. Make sure to create a storage facility at the bottom of the work triangle by using shelves for storing small pots and pans or cups and saucers.
The layout of your kitchen should also follow the work triangle. When the layout is efficient, the countertop area can be used for food preparation. The work triangle should not be used as a means to occupy space. Instead, it should be used to ensure that all work activities are in a straight line and easy to manage.
To ensure your kitchen work triangle is useful, you need to arrange your kitchen furniture in a way that all three working areas are accessible. To achieve this, keep the following tips in mind:
o Make sure your kitchen has no space between the cooktop and the refrigerator so that you can see them clearly. o Make sure you have a clear line of vision from the bottom of the work triangle to the top of your kitchen cabinet doors to avoid tripping over them o Place the stove and the microwave on the same level as your fridge so you can easily reach them o If possible, install a dishwasher in an under your dish rack instead of a wall mounted dishwasher so you can use them in a pinch o Use wall-mounted shelves or drawers if space is limited o Create a storage area near your stove or the refrigerator so that you can quickly grab ingredients without having to climb over it
When designing your kitchen work triangle, consider the layout of your kitchen furniture before you start. If you do not feel confident about the layout, you may want to consult with a professional before you start your work. A designer will be able to suggest an optimum design that will meet your needs while still providing enough space for your appliances.
Once you have established your kitchen work triangle, it is time to begin placing your kitchen furniture in the areas designated. When doing this, make sure to follow the guidelines given above and you will find that your kitchen will appear much more efficient and user friendly.
o First, place your sink and your refrigerator in the center of your kitchen so that all your cooking will take place there and your countertop space will be freed up. If possible, place the stove close to the sink to maximize both countertop space and cooking space. o It is best to have an open floor plan with a counter directly beneath the stove so that you can easily reach the top of the stove to stir-fry foods. o The countertop area below the stove should be used for storing utensils and plates and other kitchen utensils.
o If possible, locate your microwave and stove next to each other so that they can be reached easily when needed. Also, avoid placing appliances such as an oven, toaster, or dishwasher on the sides of the work triangle so that they will not take up extra space.
When it comes to designing a kitchen, you will find that a proper layout can be difficult to create if you do not have a professional’s help. If this is the case, you may want to hire someone to come into your home and give you a few pointers so that you can come up with a better design. Even the most skilled decorator will be able to help if you show them where things are not working correctly or if you need them to rearrange items to make the layout easier.