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1. Follow the Golden Triangle ruleFor optimum efficiency, your cooking, cleaning and storage areas should sit at three functional points, forming a perfect work triangle. This helps in fluidity of movement between the hob, sink and refrigerator and compartmentalises activities, as opposed to having all work areas side by side.Find a Houzz professional to design your kitchen
2. Introduce a kitchen work triangleA work triangle connects three important spots in the kitchen – the refrigerator (storage zone), the sink (cleaning zone), and the cooktop (cooking zone). It is essential to keep an optimum distance between these three areas so that one can move freely between each zone and work better. Tip: Take a printout of your kitchen layout and draw a triangle connecting the cooktop, the sink and the refrigerator. As per studies, the length of each side of the triangle should range between 4-9 feet. The total length of all three sides of the triangle should be between 13-26 feet.Browse through more ergonomic kitchen designs with efficient work triangles
Cons of a closed layoutOf course, a closed-off kitchen’s isolation also can be its main downfall. This layout doesn’t allow for direct access from the kitchen to the dining table, or vice versa. And it’s difficult to interact with friends and family while whipping up meals, since most of the room is reserved for the work triangle.
1. A kitchen work triangle is widely considered an efficient system to bring into kitchens – it is where one is able to move easily and quickly between the sink, cooktop and refrigerator since everything is strategically situated together. This triangle is particularly easy to bring into a U-shaped kitchen. This space is a good example, where the stove (on the left), sink (in the centre) and fridge (on the right) are positioned at the points of a triangle for easy access.Look at more photos of U-shaped kitchens