CREATING A FUNCTIONAL KITCHEN:
Most of us think of our kitchens as the busiest part of the home. Its a space where we spend hours preparing food, eating, entertaining and cleaning up every day. This is why the efficient use of this space so important!
Over time one design rule has proved its worth over the years: the work triangle.
Here is a short lesson for those who aren’t familiar with this concept.
First of all, there are three main zones of the kitchen. The cooking zone (stove and microwave), the washing zone (sink, dishwasher, garbage and recycling bins), and the provisions zone (refrigerator, cupboards, and pantry).
These three zones should be in a practical distance from one another in order to create a user-friendly kitchen. If you position these correctly together they should form a triangle which, in an ideal scenario, has three equal (or almost equal) sides.
A FEW TIPS TO REMEMBER:
1). Avoid placing the fridge, sink or stove at an angle
2) Plan to have enough standing room in front of each appliance (at least 120cm), especially when there are two facing each other. You want to be able to move comfortably from one to another.
3) Position the dishwasher to the right of the sink to facilitate rinsing the dishes and placing them in the dishwasher (if you are right-handed.)
4) Position the storage zone (cupboards and drawers where dishes are stored) between the provisions zone and the washing zone.
5) Position the work zone (countertops) close to the cooking zone and the washing zone.
If you stick to the triangle formula you can most definitely have a user-friendly kitchen that’s efficient and comfortable to hang out in.