Works Zones Vs. The Triangle – Which Kitchen Layout Works Best?

Kitchen layout

If doing the chores feels more like running an obstacle course, then it’s time to reconsider your kitchen layout. From making a cuppa to dishing out dinner, a streamline design will half the hassle of mundane tasks and give you more time for the things that matter, like putting your feet up! To help you decide which kitchen layout is best for you, this article explores the benefits of both work zones and the kitchen triangle. Keep in mind though, there’s no law to layouts, and for a truly efficient kitchen, your lifestyle must always come first.  

Work Zones

Get the whole family chipping in with a task specific work zone layout. The concept of this design is as obvious as it sounds, to store what you need where it’s needed most. The primary zones are for food preparation, cooking and washing-up. Instead of trekking halfway across your kitchen, move the bins beneath the sink and place storage units within easy reach of utensils.

Additional zones can also be included to meet specific needs, for example reserving a spot for unwinding and watching T.V. or using a tucked away corner to hide dog beds and bowls. And whilst we all love company in our kitchens, tripping over others can be a major annoyance. A kitchen island is ideal for giving guests a place to perch whilst you cook and chat, and if you have enough space, a play zone provides a safe area for kids to hang-out or do homework without them getting under your feet.   

The Triangle

This tried and tested design rule was first thought up by experts in the 1940’s and is still as relevant today as it was back then. By visualising an imaginary triangle connecting the sink to the stove to the fridge and back to the sink again, and then placing these fixtures in respect it, the amount of steps between them will be reduced. Remember that each side of the triangle should be between 4 and 9 feet, and sum of all three should be between 13 and 26 feet. But if you haven’t a head for numbers, don’t panic. So long as you ensure no furniture interrupts the flow of the shape, then this kitchen layout will still make moving between meal prep and clean-up a doddle. 

Still wondering which is best? Then speak to one of our expert kitchen designers for advice.