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BACK TO THE BASICS… THE TRIANGLE

3 months ago

The lifestyle of a family should determine the functionality of the kitchen, not the other way around. Typically, the kitchen is the most frequently used room in any house. But how does one layout an efficient kitchen? Where to start?

Back to basics… you start with the Kitchen Work Triangle. This triangle is undoubtedly one of the most researched and applied ergonomic principle around when it comes down to kitchen design, functionality and layouts. At university, this principle was reiterated to us numerous times and can be very intricate and daunting. Technical jargon aside, the basics are quite easy to grasp. The three points of the kitchen work triangle is represented by:

The sink; the place where you clean and prepare

The refrigerator; the place where you are most likely to store food

The stove; the place where you do the most cooking

The Kitchen Work Triangle An imaginary line between the sink, refrigerator and stove.

In essence, draw an imaginary line from the sink, to the refrigerator, to the stove, and then back to the sink. If the three areas are too close to each other, multiple people working together can get in each other’s way. Too far away and your work becomes strenuous and inefficient. An effective triangle will keep all the major work stations near the cook area and minimize the traffic within the kitchen; which will ultimately prevent interruptions and interference with the tasks at hand. Consider the space you have to work with to create clean paths. According to this principle, three sides of the triangle should be between 1,2m and 2,7m and add up to a total of between 4m and 7,9m.

In larger more elaborate kitchens with more than three work sections, don’t throw the idea of the standard work triangle out the window nor create only a single triangle just for the sake of having one. With many of the kitchens designs, there are more than one working triangle. Thus, make use of the standard triangle guidelines in combining different work areas that subsequently contributes to one another i.e. the cooking station and the seating area. Once the three working stations/areas have been established, equip each with the necessary tools. You need to take much more into consideration when planning your kitchen. But more on this in a future post.

Remember, your lifestyle should determine the functionality of your kitchen, not the other way around. Everyone needs a functional kitchen!