The kitchen is the heart of every home. Its design must be suitable for the type of family and space. There are two main types: the triangle and the work zone. The first forms a triangle that connects the refrigerator, cooktop and kitchen sink. The second does not follow any shape, but divides the kitchen into areas for various tasks.
Each type has its pros and cons.
Pro: Food Preparation
Food preparation is easier in a kitchen triangle It allows movement between work areas with efficiency and comfort. Each leg of the triangle should be 4 to 9 feet, with an area of 26 feet.
Pro: Any Design
The triangle layout is an industry-standard. It will work with any design aesthetic, whether it is Mediterranean, open bar or even minimalist. The layout can adapt to any design because it makes them workable for the user.
Con: One Size Does Not Fit All
If the kitchen is too small, it may not be able to have a triangular layout, meaning it doesn’t always work with every kitchen.
Kitchen Work Zone
Pro: Easier to Set Up
There is no triangle to follow nor a limit to the number of appliances and fixtures. To set it up, think of the regular tasks that will happen in the kitchen, and assign a place for them. Grouping similar tasks will streamline all processes in the kitchen.
Pro: Guest Friendly
Guests can see the chef work in a work-zone kitchen. Add an island to act as a barrier for the guests. It will also be the place where they can bond and see their food prepared.
Con: Not as Efficient as the Triangle Setup
In a work zone setup, people could bump into each other because it groups areas, especially if it’s a small space. Triangle layouts are strategic in spacing between work areas, promoting better movement.
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