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THE WORK TRIANGLE
The work triangle
In order to obtain a
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
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.
- Dishwashers should be placed near the
sink and as close to the plumbing of the kitchen as possible. When
siting a dishwasher it is imperative to ensure that it will be possible
to open the door once installed e.g. it isn’t a good idea to place the
dishwasher in a corner.
- The oven shouldn’t be placed near windows or curtains and you should
make sure that there are plenty of work surfaces available around it.
Make sure you don’t place the hob under any kitchen cabinets unless you
install an extractor fan underneath the storage area. The oven should be
placed at least 30cm away from a corner to allow the door to open easily
although many oven doors now have a hinge along the bottom allowing the
door to drop down, it just depends on which type of oven appliance you
choose for your kitchen.
- The fridge and freezer should adhere to the work triangle rule
although there aren’t any special places for them to be placed within
the kitchen, just make sure that there is enough space so that the door
is easy to open and close. It is also important to remember that the
fridge and freezer door needs to be able to open wide enough to allow
the removal of drawers.
- When placing your sink, make sure it is near the plumbing of the
kitchen and that there is a minimum of 1 meter space for it. Most people
place the sink under the kitchen window to make washing pots and pans a
more enjoyable chore.
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more than 12 inches.
have a large kitchen.
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.