||Are you considering
redesigning your kitchen? Although it’s easy
to get drawn into the style and decor that you’ll
embrace in your kitchen, there are a few important
technical aspects of the space that it’s important
you consider in your redesign, too.
If your kitchen is anything like most busy kitchens
in the United States, your family members will come
and go through the space an awful lot. Pay close
attention to how the entrances and exits to the
space are situated. Is there a way for someone to
pass through the space? Also, pay attention to how
you get to the kitchen from the outdoors. You’ll
frequently need to access the kitchen with groceries.
Is it close to the garage? Can you park relatively
close to the kitchen and unload your packages with
In the study of kitchen design, the concept of the
“work triangle” was created. The work
triangle refers to the common paths that a cook
takes while preparing meals in the kitchen. The
three major points on this triangle are the stove,
the sink, and the refrigerator. The cook must not
only have easy access to each of these points, but
he or she must be able to move freely between them.
The key to working with the work triangle is to
make sure that the space between these areas is
ample enough that the cook doesn’t feel cramped,
but close enough that traveling between these areas
doesn’t cause a hiccup in the cook’s
The work triangle works in three basic kitchen setups:
• L shape
There are additional spacing features to consider.
For example, the refrigerator needs to have enough
room to fully swing open. The refrigerator should
also have a countertop next to it so that if someone
is preparing something to go in the refrigerator,
or if someone has just taken something out of the
refrigerator, there is enough room to do so comfortably
without having to travel much.
A major function of the kitchen, in addition to
providing an area to prepare meals, is to provide
ample storage for all of the dishes, glasses, and
cookware that the family uses. Here are some tips
for how to organize your storage:
Store glasses near the sink, so that if someone
wants to grab a glass of water, they can do so easily.
Store silverware near the dishwasher so that it
can be put away with ease. However, it’s a
good idea to keep silverware outside of the work
triangle. This way, if someone is preparing a meal
and asks another family member to set the table,
the two can complete their tasks without interrupting
Storing foods directly over the cooktop can actually
affect their quality, since those cabinets will
often heat up inadvertently during the cooking process.
Instead of storing food there, it’s a good
idea to have a separate pantry where dried goods