I have dubbed 2020, the year for home offices and kitchens. Which makes sense as COVID forced us all into lock down and we therefore spent a lot more time at home. This additional time at home highlighted functional problems in key spaces such the kitchen, making kitchen design a sought-after service.
Kitchen design centres on the kitchen triangle. The kitchen triangle is always at the centre of any kitchen design session. Very simply kitchen design and the kitchen triangle considers to the position of the fridge, stove and sink.
The proximity of the fridge, stove and sink to each other is important for two main reasons, energy efficiency and functionality. This is particularly important with the location of the fridge and the stove. It’s not ideal to have a cold appliance running next to a hot one.
The kitchen design triangle also impacts functionality and how a person uses the kitchen. Interior designers take into account the counter space between the fridge, oven and sink. For example, the fridge needs to be next to the sink to allow you to easily wash fruit and vegetables.
When removing something from the oven you need counter space close by so that you can quickly place the hot item down.
Ideally you want the stove close to the sink to easily drain the boiling water from pasta, for example.
I’ve been in kitchens where the sink was too far away making it dangerous trying to carry a hot, heavy pot to the sink. Especially if the cook has kids or pets at their feet or other guests hovering around trying to ‘help’ or help themselves to snacks, drinks etc.
Admittedly it’s not always possible to achieve the pinnacle of kitchen design through the kitchen triangle due to space restrictions but as kitchens are the hub of the house this is always the starting point of our kitchen design projects to ensure the kitchen works well and therefore is a joy to be in.