Planning an efficient Work Zone
The kitchen is the central meeting point of every household. From
breakfast to relaxing with friends, its design needs to meet the
requirements of all of its users.
Before you start, consider all the tasks and activities that you
would like to use the space for and include an area for each of
Both the size and shape of your kitchen will help you to determine
the best way to utilise the space. The principal activity zones:
the sink, the cooker or hob and a preparation/serving area, should
be laid out in a triangle and contained within an area that is
uninterrupted by through traffic. This is often referred to as the
work triangle and is the most efficient way to plan a kitchen, as
it cuts down on time spent walking between these areas.
It may be that you will need to re-locate some of the service
points – e.g. water, electricity and waste pipes – within the space
to create the best layout.
Locating the essentials
Ideally there should be an area of work surface, either side of the
sink and hob. Freestanding range-style cookers give a
semi-professional look. If you prefer built-in appliances, then
consider locating a single or double oven in a tall unit as they
are more convenient to use at this height.
Remember that front-loading appliances, such as ovens and
dishwashers, will require extra space in front of them for
comfortable access. Locate this dishwasher adjacent to the sink, so
that you can easily pre-rise dishes before loading the dishwasher.
Style and Design
Consider the amount of storage space you will need for food, pans,
tableware and small appliances. Locate wide pan drawers between the
sink and the hob and allow adequate surface space for the kettle,
toaster and other frequently used extras.
Wall units often make a small kitchen appear smaller, so consider
glass-fronted doors for a lighter feel, or combine them with open
shelving. Tall pull-out larders are now popular and allow easy
access to all their contents. Mid-height and full-height units can
be used to house a built-in appliance as well as provide extra
Open-plan kitchen/dining areas are now a popular choice. If you
have the space, include an island or peninsular unit to separate
the work zone from the dining area. Here, choosing a different
worktop material will add interest and help to define the two
areas. This is also a good place to locate a breakfast bar for
informal dining and a second sink.