Planning the Perfect Kitchen – The Kitchen Triangle

The Kitchen work triangle – What is it? 





It’s impossible to talk about kitchen design without talking about the ‘triangle’ which refers to the path between your cooker, fridge and sink.  The route to each should form a triangle for ease of use so the idea is not to align your cooker and sink on the same worktop, for example.  But as with most design rules, it can be broken.

For some cooks, it will make sense to have the hob and sink on the same surface.  Furthermore, according to Universal Design principles, this alternative provides a way of reducing the need to carry hot food or liquids from one worktop to another.  An ‘L’ or ‘U’ shaped layout, where plans and containers can slide from hob to sink, is another option.

In terms of placement ideas, we would suggest putting the hob on the island to face the living area, it’s much more sociable and interactive.  Placing the cooker on the wall means you’ll have your back to the action.

Kitchen Design Ideas from HHI

Other basic tips include not crowding the sink in a corner, it should be 460mm away from any return in the work surface.  Also, think of where you will need to put things down – allow 300mm on either side of the hob and to one side of the oven and fridge/freezer (with fixed worktop space or a pull-out shelf).

To abide by Design principles and future proof your house so that it can be used by people of all abilities, you should aim to make your worktops 900mm high.  Ideally, have some sections of worktops between 760mm and 900mm high.

At HHI, our professional kitchen design staff are here to help you create your desired look.  Our mission is to find you exactly what you want while providing you with an enjoyable experience.

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