When most of us plan a new kitchen design, we start thinking about how it’ll look. Stunning new white cabinets. Polished quartz countertops. Modern pulls and knobs. But planning a new kitchen is actually an opportunity to improve your existing layout and design.
Research shows that by laying out key elements of your kitchen in a certain way – the fridge, stove, sink, and areas where you prepare food – you can improve your cooking workflow. Take the time to learn about what makes a functional and effective kitchen design. It’s the first step in planning a new kitchen that will work as hard as you do.
The Kitchen Work Triangle
Researchers developed the kitchen work triangle theory in the 1940s. It’s been a part of well designed kitchens ever since! The work triangle organizes your kitchen around three anchor points: the refrigerator, the sink, and the stove.
In general, if you can draw an imaginary triangle between these three points, then you have an efficient design. That’s because the work triangle focuses on limiting the number of steps you need to take. It’s an excellent starting point that helps you work efficiently and effectively while preparing meals.
The Kitchen Work Zones
The kitchen work zone theory involves organizing your kitchen around three zones: prepping, cooking, and cleaning. To plan your kitchen design according to this theory, group your resources for each function in the same area.
Other Functions To Consider
You can get ideas for a wide range of kitchen designs by viewing recently completed kitchens in our inspiration gallery.