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THE WORK TRIANGLE WITHIN KITCHEN DESIGN
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home and is the place where you do a fair amount of work on a daily basis. Due to the amount of traffic and usage a kitchen entails it is important that the design of your kitchen is perfect for you so it is wise to be aware of the fundamental kitchen design principles and elements involved; this is where the work triangle comes into play.
If you need some help there are companies around who offer assistance and, in some cases, even provide a free kitchen design service.
What is the work triangle?
When designing your new kitchen have you stumbled across the term ‘The Work Triangle’? Many interior designers use this phrase when they talk about the kitchen.
The work triangle is one of the fundamental principles to have in mind when designing your new kitchen and the three sides of the triangle should be between 3600mm and 6600mm.
Wall and floor kitchen cabinets usually come in the same widths, for example a single cupboard can start at 20cm and increase to 60cm and a double kitchen cabinet will measure 120cm.
Wall kitchen cabinets are normally 30cm deep, it is a good idea to place your wall cabinets 45cm above the work surface otherwise you won’t be able to utilise the space underneath or, if placed higher, you won’t be able to reach anything inside your kitchen cabinets.
It is really important to think about the measurements and placement of your storage area first as the other integral pieces to your work triangle will fit in around your storage area. Most appliances are made to the same dimensions as floor cabinets which makes it easier to integrate them within your design.
Where does everything go?
When designing your new kitchen with the work triangle in mind it may be confusing when you have to decide where to put your appliances.
Hints and tips
The work triangle is a design secret that enables efficiency and a better flow for the busiest room in the house. It makes cooking a more enjoyable task and you won’t be wasting energy on traipsing around the kitchen or parlour for your herbs and spices.
Turning your kitchen into an ergonomically correct space enhances the productivity in the kitchen and keeps it a cleaner and tidier space too.
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