WORK TRIANGLE VS WORK ZONE: WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU?
Yes, the aesthetics of your kitchen are important (and are the fun part to plan!) but functionality should be your key consideration for your kitchen renovations in Perth. A kitchen isn’t for display purposes only – you need to make sure that food preparation is as easy as possible. When it comes to your layout, you may have heard about the importance of the work triangle for optimal efficiency in kitchen design. However, in recent times we’ve also seen the rise of work zones in modern kitchens. So, which is right for you?
The work triangle has been around since the 1940s, and the concept is that there should be a triangle between the cooktop, sink and fridge to help with easy food preparation. The rule of thumb is that these three components should be between 1.2 and 2.7 metres apart and form a rough triangle. Any closer and it becomes awkward, and any further apart it becomes inconvenient. The idea of the kitchen work triangle has been around for a long time because it often holds true in kitchen design, and can also be applied to great effect in more traditional kitchen layouts.
Although the work triangle concept is often used in older kitchens, modern design has evolved and there are a variety of newer styles which simply weren’t around decades ago. From more modern kitchen designs, work zones have evolved to compensate for the fact that the triangle approach didn’t fit anymore. With larger spaces, more appliances and more people in the kitchen, the idea of work zones sections the space into different areas to maximise efficiency.
To set up work zones, think about the various tasks you regularly carry out in the kitchen and group appliances and kitchen items together accordingly – baking, coffee making, food preparation, cooking, cleaning and serving are all examples of individual tasks. For example, your coffee and tea-making zone would have the kettle, coffee machine, and mugs within close proximity.
Which approach is best?
Whether you choose a work triangle or work zones will depend on the type of kitchen you have. If you’re used to working in the triangle formation and have a more traditional kitchen layout, such as a galley kitchen, the work triangle will probably work well, and you should measure out each area to optimise efficiency. However, if you have a larger kitchen with a lot of different appliances, or a kitchen that is used by multiple people, separate work zones could be a better use of the space as it means that two people can complete different tasks simultaneously without getting in each other’s way.
Here at The Maker, we lead the industry when it comes to innovative kitchen design. Our award winning designers will meet with you to develop a custom design which is both functional and attractive. Our team will guide you through every step of the journey, from concept to final product.
If you’re looking to undertake Perth kitchen renovations, contact the team at The Maker today on 1300 270 000.