From Dean Dowd on May 27, 2008 in Kitchen Remodel
We all notice the awkwardness of a poorly designed kitchen. Appliance doors blocking pathways, drawers that will only open if something else is closed first… you get the idea. Kitchen layout is very important, and there is a actually science behind proper design to avoid such problems.
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Since the 1920s, kitchens have been laid out to best support a functional kitchen. This includes food prep, cooking, cleaning and serving, and the kitchen should flow to accommodate each activity. Five are the U, L, gallery, one-wall, island, and peninsula.
- U - the U shape allows for uninterrupted work without a thoroughfare interfering.
- L - the L shape takes advantage of a corner area while allowing for an open floor-plan.
- Galley - can work well in some situations, but it is still built around a passageway that may interrupt your work.
- One wall - a very common design for small kitchens.
- Island - normally found in bigger kitchens, the island is a favorite.
- Peninsula - both island kitchens and peninsulas are great for cooking and entertaining.
The Work Triangle
To achieve the best flow throughout the kitchen, designers apply the work triangle method. The connecting points of the triangle are the sink, stove and refrigerator, and the purpose of the triangle is to allow for easy access to all three while working in the kitchen. The idea is to have the three as equal a distance apart as possible. Obviously, the triangle has to be adapted to fit each of the different layouts, but the idea remains the same.
Your kitchen contractor should be experienced in configuring kitchen design, and should be able to discuss these concepts further with you. Request free, no-obligation estimates today from pre-certified, licensed contractors.