what is the kitchen triangle?
ThE kitchen triangle in detail
There are some basic rules to the kitchen triangle:
- Maximise the cooks movements by keeping large cabinets or islands out of the triangle points.
- Make sure objects only intersect the triangle lines by up to 300 mm.
- Keep the total distance of all three triangle sides between 4 and 8 metres.
- Ensure traffic flow from other users is diverted away from the triangle.
If you choose to include the kitchen triangle in your kitchen plans you will enjoy these benefits:
- Being able to cook in space allocated just for you.
- Everything you need will be in close proximity.
- The design allows you to prepare and cook a meal without others intruding on your space.
- Cooking a meal will become an efficient process.
This design element is still used by kitchen designers, however with modern kitchens becoming larger and moving away from the traditional U-Shape or G-Shape it could make more sense to design a taskcentric kitchen...
For example; planning your kitchen may include identifying that you rinse dirty dishes and stack them straight into the dishwasher - a task-centric design would have the sink and the dishwasher clustered together to improve the efficiency of this task for you.
Choosing a taskcentric model when planning your kitchen will allow you to:
- Focus on your culinary task, while entertaining your guests or allowing others to use the kitchen.
- Achieve task efficiency, giving you more time for other activities.
- Keep all the mess in one spot, instead of spreading it all over the kitchen.
- Present a clean and tidy kitchen to your guests, even if you are still in the middle of preparing the meal.