Monday, November 4, 2013

Why The Work Triangle Is Imperative For Good Kitchen Design

When it comes to good kitchen design, you need a layout that allows you to efficiently prepare and cook meals. The ultimate layout is known as the 'work triangle', which ensures that the sink, the refrigerator and the oven are spaced appropriately. Each 'leg' of the triangle should measure somewhere between 4 and 9 feet in length. This ensures that you only have a short distance to take food from the fridge to the stove, but you won't be walking into everything else in your kitchen in the process.

So, how does the work triangle apply to the various kitchen designs around?

  1.     L-Shape: This is the most common design, as it promotes a smooth flow of traffic throughout the space. It consists of one long and one short arm (one of these should be against a wall). Usually, the triangle is formed by having the refrigerator at one end of the room and the oven at the other; the sink is usually located in the middle.
  2.     U-Shape: This is a kitchen design that is slowly growing in popularity, especially as spaces become larger. It consists of two long arms that are joined at one end by a shorter one. The work triangle is formed with the sink in the short arm, and the fridge and oven on the longer arms opposite each other.
  3.     G-Shape: This design is also continuing to grow in popularity, especially as you have an extra surface to work with. It consists of three long arms and a shorter fourth arm that extends a little into the square created. The work triangle is formed very similarly to the L-shaped kitchen, with the fourth arm used as bench space.
  4.     Single Wall: This kitchen design is only really suited to spaces that have very limited space. It consists of a single wall being fitted with all of the cupboards and appliances you need. The work triangle is still achievable, however; you just nee to ensure that the sink is placed in between the fridge and the oven.
  5.     Galley: This is a design that is very popular amongst apartments and homes with limited space. It consists of the cupboards being lined up on two walls that are facing each other. For the work triangle to work in this kitchen, the oven should be placed on one side of the room, whilst the fridge and sink should be on the other.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways that you can incorporate the work triangle into any kitchen design, ensuring that you are able to prepare and cook meals in record time.

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