principles we use
The Work Triangle
For the most, kitchens are organized around what's known as the work
triangle — the geometry determined by sink, cooker and refrigerator. Since
most kitchen work is a dance among the three appliances, a good design will
make the distances between them comfortable. If they're too short, the work
area will be cramped; if too far, the cook will become worn out trotting
To function well, the sink, cook top and refrigerator each need to be
surrounded with a certain amount of floor and counter space. The
refrigerator door needs a clear swing and, if possible, enough room for two
people to reach in simultaneously
Minimum counter lengths are considered which gives you a staging area for
food preparation and dirty dishes, dishwasher locations and washing machines
are also factored in.
The optimum location for the cooker is along an exterior wall, rather than
on an island or peninsula. With a stove on an outside wall, it's easy to
install an effective hood and ventilation system, essential to expel grease,
smoke and combustion gases.
Glassware and dishes should be stored in cabinets or shelves near the sink.
Frequently used pots and pans could be stowed between the sink and cook top
or from a hanging rack.
Locating your silverware drawers close to the drying rack or dishwasher but
out of the primary work triangle so that someone can set the table without
interrupting the cook.
A large volume of kitchen food stuffs can be stowed in a pull out larder
unit, sliding corner units can also serve to be space savers allowing use of
dead cupboard space
Islands can serve as tables for informal meals. If it's the height of
conventional counters—900mm—you'll need stools and an ample overhang of
about 300mm to comfortably accommodate sitters' knees.
If you're thinking about placing a table in your kitchen, here are some
basic parameters: A rectangular table with a seating capacity of four to six
should measure 2˝ feet by 5 to 5˝ feet. You'll need 2˝ to 3 feet of
clearance all around for chairs and adequate circulation. A round table
takes up less space but can accommodate more people if need be. Remember
that a small increase in radius makes for a big increase in the
circumference of the table and therefore the floor space it will take up.
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