There are a number of basic guidelines that have been around for a long time when it comes to creating an efficient workspace in the kitchen. We’ve pulled together this handy guide with top tips to follow when redesigning your kitchen.

An important element within the kitchen planning stage is to consider the 5 important areas. Cooking, cleaning, preparation, consumables storage and non-consumables storage, all of which need efficient consideration to get the perfect relationship between function and aesthetics.

Read on for our helpful guide on confining the 5 important areas into your well-planned kitchen:

The Working Triangle

The working triangle is the journey between the cooking zone (appliances such as the hob or oven), to the consumables zone (pantry, fridge or freezer) and the cleaning zone (sink, tap or cleaning storage).

To create the perfect and most user-friendly kitchen, the logic behind the working triangle is to optimise the space. Getting the right distance between each point is vital, defining whether your appliances will be too far away or too close.

There’s a simple formula for working out the ideal positions of your three points, measure the distance between each point of the triangle and the total sum should be no bigger than 7m and each line should measure between 1m and 2.5m. Following this formula will give you the most potential out of the kitchen as well as a user-friendly and efficient working environment.

Straight-Line Kitchen

If your kitchen redesign has limited space, not to worry. The straight-line kitchen can work like any other, still offering function and aesthetics.

To help provide function from the working triangle into a straight-line kitchen, the triangle will get condensed into a line. However, to still maximise the potential of the kitchen, having a counter in between each appliance will reduce a cramped feeling.

L-Shaped Kitchen

To make the most of a small/medium space, the L-shaped kitchen is a perfect concept that still gives you a triangle with more floor space. Allowing space for more than one cook, this style is perfect for an entertaining lifestyle.

Adding a kitchen island can not only help with extra space for preparation, storage and creating a focal point but it also allows you to face onwards to your guests whilst preparing your speciality dinner.

Island Kitchen

Incorporating an island into a L-Shaped or Straight-Line kitchen can provide privacy, hiding the preparation area when hosting guests as well as helping the entertainer to remain part of the party atmosphere while preparing the food facing their guests.

In order to prevent the kitchen feeling crowded or cramped and allow two people to pass by each other comfortably, it’s important to keep the recommended 1200mm distance between the cabinets and the island.

U-Shaped Kitchen

A U-Shaped kitchen is perfect to flaunt a sleek worktop with plenty of storage behind the elegant kitchen cabinets.

Remember to consider the total sum of the Working Triangle as it is important in a U-Shaped kitchen or the space can be overwhelming. Keep the triangle within the recommended total sum to achieve a perfect and considered kitchen layout.

If you would like to incorporate an island or a dining table into your design, consider the working triangle to reduce unnecessary journeys.

G-Shaped Kitchen

The G-shaped kitchen suits any 4-wall style room. This particular layout works fantastic with the working triangle, allowing maximum personal design.

Consideration is key during the planning process; this particular style kitchen only suits medium – large sizes and keeping the working triangle manageable is important.

If you want your kitchen to be a social venue with a dining table or an island, then this particular shape kitchen would not work for your entertaining appetite.

The Parallel Kitchen

Also known as the ‘Galley Kitchen’, the Parallel kitchen is useful for small areas, making the working triangle easy to work with. The two separate sides can have their individual purpose, preparation and cooking, the other a washing and additional work area.

Creatively using the space, with at least 1200mm between each counter, a parallel kitchen can be a perfect atmosphere for two people enjoy cooking together.

If you’re an entertainer and want an island or dining table to display your delicious cooking, the parallel kitchen is not the best suited layout for your needs.

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