Some kitchen layouts make no sense to me at all, I’m all about efficiency & convenience, especially as I run my cake decorating business from my home kitchen.
We recently stayed in a self catering house in Cornwall with a huge family kitchen which was amazing but nothing was where it should be. The pots & pans were at the opposite end of the kitchen to the oven. The cooking utensils were stored by the sink the furthest place from the hob. It really drove me mad having to walk around the kitchen table every time you needed something when the drawers nearest the cooking space were empty ready for food storage.
What is the ‘kitchen triangle’ and why is it important?
The kitchen triangle simply refers to the imaginary lines that join three of the most important elements in your cooking area: your sink, cook top and refrigerator. Experts recommend that these elements should be positioned close, but not too close, to one another. As a general rule, although there are exceptions, it’s suggested that the sum of the triangle’s three sides shouldn’t be more than 26 feet, and each side should be between four and nine feet in length. This is intended to help ensure you can move quickly and easily from one to the next without taking too many steps. OK, so this might seem a bit overly technical for your home kitchen, but in fact sticking to this principle does have its benefits. When you’re preparing a meal, it’s handy to be able to drift between your fridge, sink and cooker quickly and easily.
For me the oven & hob are the central point with the sink & fridge freezer a few feet to the left and my pantry a few more feet to the right. This makes perfect sense for our family and something that works really well in the kitchen, especially as I work from home as a cake decorator. I have everything I need to hand but not in the way, I also don’t have to wander around the kitchen to find the different things I need on a daily basis.
Planning your own space
Of course, knowing the theory’s one thing, but actually putting this idea into practice can prove to be a challenge, especially if your kitchen is awkwardly shaped, we have three doorways in our kitchen so no long wall for units so we’ve had to be creative with the room. Bear in mind the sides of the triangle don’t have to be even in length, and you can always make adjustments to suit your individual circumstances. Our kitchen unit are in an L shape in the area we have most space then the dining area between the two doorways.
There are also other ways to make your cooking area more practical. For example, so that you don’t have to worry about putting hot or dirty pans down on your countertops, you could fit them with stainless steel hotrods. Kitchen experts Worktop Express draw attention to the fact that these accessories can help to prevent surfaces from being damaged by excessive heat. They can also enhance the look of worktops.
Freeing up the rest of your kitchen
Whether you manage to create a perfect kitchen triangle or you have to compromise on your design, as long as you keep your cooker top, fridge and sink close together, you can free up the rest of your kitchen for other things. Perhaps you like to use this room as an entertaining space or a breakfast area, or your kids choose to do their homework in there. By confining the main elements you need for cooking to one part of this room, you can boost convenience and ensure there isn’t a conflict for space.
Designing this part of your property might take some careful thought, but as long as you keep the kitchen triangle in mind, you shouldn’t go too far wrong.
How did you plan your perfect kitchen layout? Or are you currently planning on making your space work better for you?