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.

D.M.N.M GutteridgeD.M.N.M Gutteridge
22:08 21 Mar 24
Thoroughly recommend the Black Rok team. We put in a new kitchen and got excellent advice through the planning process. We asked to see a number of different layout options on the computer and Jamie was very patient and helpful. The installation team were first rate and took great pride in their work. Overall very satisfied.
Linda WoodhouseLinda Woodhouse
16:39 05 Dec 23
Having downsized, I was somewhat daunted by the prospect of turning my narrow, shadowy, U-shaped, very basic kitchen into one that I actually wanted to spend time in. I now have a light, airy, functional space with practical ‘innards’ and modern, intuitive appliances. Thanks to Jamie and Ed the kitchen layout has been totally transformed and the best use has been made of the space with a sleek handle-less design and contemporary narrow worktops. Both Jamie and Ed have communicated professionally and openly at all stages of the project and Ed was even instrumental in steering me towards my final colour choices! I would thoroughly recommend Black Roc for their design and fitting capabilities.
steven eckhardtsteven eckhardt
15:00 20 Nov 23
WOW! Black Rok did a really fabulous job job with both design and fit. We have a high quality contemporary kitchen and appliances. The fit was done in just a few days with care and precision. We have had no issues but Black Rok have kept in touch and visited to ensure we are satisfied which of course we are. Fabulous colour and all very functional. Great decision to use Black Rok and we have no hesitation in recommending them.
Nigel BraggNigel Bragg
16:08 17 Apr 23
We have nothing but positive things to say about the team at Black Rok Kitchen Design. Having spent 3-4 years dithering over getting a new kitchen, we finally decided to take the plunge last year. We had 2 criteria: a sleek, modern, German style kitchen provided by an independent, local business with impeccable references. After coming across the Black Rok website, we were immediately taken by the striking designs and reassured by the volume of glowing customer testimonials along with photographs of recent projects. From the moment we met with Jamie in the Uckfield showroom, it was clear that he understood what we were looking for. Although we had some pretty fixed ideas on design and layout, Jamie was able to take those ideas and enhance them seamlessly into an overall design scheme that exceeded our expectations in all departments. We had a few design meetings, several phone calls and email conversations, and within fairly short order were signing off on a final specification for delivery in early 2023. In the lead up to installation, communication was great and the technical drawings provided by Jamie for layout of plumbing and electrical services were described by our builder as the most detailed and accurate he had come across. Indeed the Black Rok team came onto site during the preparation works to meet with our builder and electricians to ensure a smooth installation process. Everything was delivered on time and exactly to the agreed budget. The cabinets and interiors are really well made and constructed with an engineered precision you might expect of a German manufacturer. The installation team of Ed, Zac and Jake were really personable, treated our home with great respect and worked extremely efficiently to ensure the kitchen was installed quickly and accurately. They solved every problem posed to them, displaying great attention to detail and tidying up diligently at the end of each day. We are utterly delighted with the new kitchen, which certainly delivers a "wow" moment when friends and family come to visit. The quality of the workmanship is incredible value for the overall price paid. We still pinch ourselves when walking into the room and are so pleased with ourselves for choosing Black Rok.
philip mccabephilip mccabe
07:30 11 Jan 23
Fantastic, intelligent and responsive service from Jamie and Ed from start to end. The kitchen design stood out from the beginning for its attention to detail and a real understanding of what we wanted from the space. They recommended excellent builders and then worked with them to make sure that the end result was picture perfect to the design. Fitting was spot on from a skilled, diligent team and we were never kept waiting. Issues with 3rd party appliances were dealt with in a way which made it crystal clear that our satisfaction was the priority. Brilliant. Easy 5 Stars.
Helen DaviesHelen Davies
19:03 24 Oct 22
We are so pleased we elected to go with Black Rok kitchens, as they have designed and installed the kitchen of our dreams! Throughout the process, from design to installation we were reassured by the professionalism of Jamie and Ed. Jamie created a fantastic design for our kitchen and suggested ideas we had not previously considered and the installation by Jake, Zak and Ed has been completed to an exceptionally high standard! Nothing was too much trouble. If you're considering upgrading your kitchen, don't hesitate to contact Black Rok, you won't regret it.