Open Plan kitchen work triangle

You have probably heard of the ‘kitchen work triangle’ but what is it and how does it apply to contemporary kitchen design?

The concept was developed in the 1940’s by researchers at the University of Illinois School of Architecture. Its purpose was to cut construction costs by standardizing practices, not necessarily to make kitchens more efficient for homeowners. In those days kitchens tended to be small and appliances large and the concept evolved as a general guidance for creating a certain proximity and distance between the 3 main kitchen work sites, the sink, refrigerator and cooker.

The rules state that the sides of the triangle should be between 1.2 and 2.7 metres with the total of all 3 sides between 4 and 8 metres.

The idea of the triangle is certainly sensible in terms of reducing movement between the most often used work sites in the kitchen, however in today’s contemporary kitchen design there are so many more considerations so it’s not as important to be a slave to the work triangle rule.

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At Handcrafted Kitchens we believe the most important part of kitchen design is ensuring we create a beautiful kitchen that suits your lifestyle rather than keeping strictly to the rules of the kitchen triangle.

Kitchen design is personal and dependent on the shape and size of the area you have to work with and ultimately what you want from your kitchen. In a galley kitchen, for example, the kitchen triangle arrangement may simply not work with your dimensions. An open plan kitchen with a kitchen island could have a prep sink incorporated so you won’t need a kitchen triangle.

We think it’s more appropriate in today’s kitchens to think about arranging your kitchen into zones to keep good flow and functionality rather than rigidly sticking the triangle.

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In order to arrange zones in your kitchen take a look at how you use your kitchen and the different activities that are important to you.

How much space do you need for food preparation and the cooking zone? Do you want to store all your food in the kitchen or do you want a separate kitchen larder room or utility room? Do you want to incorporate a dining/ working space zone and an entertainment zone? And finally, if your kitchen is particularly large and you have a number of people in the home, do you require a larger cleaning zone with a double sink and 2 dishwashers or an entirely separate utility room to wash your furry friends?!

Tradtional Kitchen in Lymm

The cooking zone could consist of a range cooker or a wall oven and hob with extractor, while the cleaning zone will typically include a sink, dishwasher and a bin.

Storing your dinnerware within close range of the cleaning zone is a good idea and makes unloading the dishwasher less of a hassle. You can position the storage zone, (the refrigerator and pantry) on the perimeter of the kitchen or in an entirely separate utility room.

If you have an open plan kitchen its likely you will want a dining area/work zone and an entertainment zone with a kitchen island.

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So, if you’re thinking of planning a kitchen renovation of your own, don’t get too worried about sticking to the rules of the kitchen triangle!

Start by thinking about how you want to use your kitchen and the appliances you ideally want to incorporate. At Handcrafted Kitchens we are experts in designing beautiful bespoke kitchens, perfectly aligned with our clients needs and preferences.

Because our kitchens are totally bespoke and made by us, we can design a kitchen absolutely unique to you and the space you have to work with.

Give us a call or drop an email through our contact page to find out more about how to create a bespoke kitchen from Handcrafted Kitchens.

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