What Is The Kitchen Triangle?
The kitchen triangle is a model that was developed back in the 1940’s to achieve the most efficient kitchen design layout. The basic principle was to ensure that the fridge, sink and cooker were positioned at three points of an imaginary triangle and spaced between 4 and 9 feet apart. The aim of the triangle was to make sure that the working space within the triangle remained free of traffic and obstruction to minimise the amount of steps taken between each zone and retain an ergonomic flow.
But Is This Model Still Relevant Today?
The principles of this functional working triangle are certainly still relevant as anyone with an inefficient kitchen layout will tell you! The thing is, the way the majority of us want our kitchens to function in 2013 is a far cry from the way a kitchen was used in the 1940’s. Today’s kitchens have more demands placed on them in terms of the variety of activities we carry out in that space and the variety of fixed appliances we depend on. These demands differ a great deal from one home and family to the next, so ultimately the real challenge is to establish the crucial zones in your kitchen, to allow you to plan your design according to your family’s needs.
For some families, the kitchen triangle model may still apply to their daily routine perfectly, whilst many others will require a few vital additions to the original three zones! Regardless of how many vital zones you need to include in your kitchen design, the goal of a functional ergonomic space is clearly fundamental if we are to enjoy using our kitchen each day.
Potential Zones To Include In Your Kitchen Include:
- Cooking Area – Oven, hob, microwave and so on
- Cleaning Area -sink, dishwasher etc.
- Food Storage -Including dry goods, fridge, freezer etc.
- Suitable Preparation Area
- Social Space
- Plating Area
- Dining Area
The first three points are included in the original kitchen triangle model, whereas the others are somewhat optional and depend very much on the size of the space available as well as your individual needs.
How To Go About Planning Your Own Kitchen Design
Think about your kitchen at its busiest points of the day, who is usually where and what drives you around the bend! Consider which zones are most important to you in your home as a starting point before you start to work out what needs to go where for ease of use. Even if you are going to have your space designed by a professional it is well worth brainstorming first as this information will be extremely useful to a designer and will help them to establish your needs quickly and easily.
The Bottom Line
Keep the principles of the kitchen triangle in mind during the planning stage of your kitchen because unless you never use the space for preparing and cooking food, this will help make life easier and significantly cut down on the number of steps you take each day and therefore save you time.
The important thing is to keep in mind that things have changed and there is now a broader picture to consider, after all, your coffee maker is just as important as the cooker right!?