Get the best out of your kitchen by optimizing your workspace
Unless you are a professional chef or caterer, you probably haven’t given a lot of thought to how much influence the layout of your kitchen has on your quality of life. The truth is your kitchen is the busiest room in your house.
In the 1940’s kitchen were small, and appliances were big, making it difficult to use this space for anything besides cooking. The need to optimise a kitchen’s usability led to the invention of the kitchen triangle. This term refers to a layout where the sink, stove and refrigerator forms a triangle that falls within a particular size range. If your triangle is too small, your kitchen feels cramped. If it is too big, you’re walking too far and exerting yourself during the cooking process.
The modern triangle
Modern lifestyles often play out in a combined kitchen and living space where we entertain, work and spend family time. Since kitchens have become bigger, we have to be careful not to lose efficiency of design by laying out an ineffective cooking space.
If you are in the fortunate position to be building or remodelling your kitchen, think long and hard about what annoyances you have encountered while cooking. An obstruction in the triangle or a layout where the three elements of the triangle lie in a straight line can make all the difference in your enjoyment of your kitchen space.
Implementing the triangle
Regardless of your kitchen’s size, the main cooking area should be confined to a corner where tables and islands are not in your way. You should explore kitchen design ideas that appeal to you, and work with your lifestyle, so keep your own habits in mind.
If you like having all your utensils and spices on hand when making dinner, you’ll need extra counter space next to the stove. If you like to do all your preparations beforehand and cook in an uncluttered environment, have a separate space away from appliances where you can lay out ingredients.
Create an enjoyable space
Avoid settling for an awkward or ineffective layout. Having an uncomfortable kitchen will end up annoying you, and will turn cooking into a hassle.
On the other hand, turning your kitchen into an effective workspace might spark a love for the culinary arts you never knew you had. A well designed kitchen can be a wonderful place to unwind or be creative. Implement the best kitchen triangle possible in your available space and take time to personalise this area with your taste and preferences. You’ll enjoy spending time with your loved ones in the heart of your home.
Author BioEmily Apple is a freelance writer, artist and jewellery designer. She is a firm believer in filling her days with positive information, people and experiences to achieve a fulfilling life – a quest she takes most seriously. She lives in sunny South Africa, but spends as much time as possible exploring the world.