Well-designed kitchen work areas can help make daily kitchen tasks fun, easy and efficient. Here local window replacement and home remodeling company Affordable Roofing, Siding and Gutters shares a look at two popular approaches to designing kitchen work areas: the work triangle and the work zone.
Kitchen Work Triangles
Most people are probably familiar with the kitchen work triangle. Introduced in the 1940s, the concept considers the kitchen as a workspace, with the three points of the triangle being the stove or cooktop, the sink and the refrigerator. The distance between any two points should be between four and nine feet, with the sum of all three sides between 13 and 26 feet.
The kitchen work triangle emphasizes efficiency of movement. Deviating from the rules as described above can result in cramped or hindered movement, which can make the cooking process difficult or even dangerous. Kitchen remodeling and gutter companies like us recommend the kitchen work triangle for small- to medium-sized kitchens to maximizes efficiency in a relatively small space.
Kitchen Work Zones
Work zones can be considered an evolution of the traditional kitchen work triangle. They make use of expansive floor plans and advanced appliances, some of which might not fit in traditionally-sized kitchens. When designing work zones, you group appliances and fixtures according to use.
The following are some examples of kitchen work zones: a food storage zone, which includes the refrigerator, a pantry for dry goods and perhaps a separate meat chiller. A prep station would need to have a countertop for chopping, space for storing hand mixers and knives and a sink for washing fruits and vegetables. Your cooktop may be grouped with an oven and a broiler, along with purpose-specific appliances such as espresso makers and deep fryers.
Which One Is Best?
The kitchen floor area is an important factor when choosing between the two options. A kitchen work triangle makes efficient use of the essential parts of the kitchen without making it feel cramped. Work zones, on the other hand, let you incorporate features that normally wouldn’t work in a small- to medium-sized kitchen, such as a breakfast nook. It also allows you to upgrade to larger appliances without having them dominate the kitchen. When in doubt, consult with a designer or remodeling contractor.