The Magic Kitchen Triangle

6 May 2016

Kitchen designers often discuss the importance of the ‘kitchen triangle’, which ensures the most efficient layout possible. Major tasks are generally carried out between the cooktop, sink and refrigerator. Join these three points and it creates a triangle.

“The trick is to position these three points so that they’re not too far from each other to save you walking backwards and forwards,” says Paal’s design consultant, Narelle Jarman. “But also not too close to each other, so as to avoid cramped working areas.”


Which Layout Are You?

Kitchen layouts are generally determined by the size and shape of the space. The following are five common options:

Single Line Kitchen
This is a practical and attractive layout for a small space, with the facilities set out in a single line.

Single Line Kitchen with Island
Adding an island bench as the tip of the triangle creates extra bench space and storage. You just need to make sure there is adequate free space to work and move around it.

L-Shaped Kitchen
Perfect for an L-shaped corner space with two points on one wall and the third on the other. This layout works well with the addition of an island or dining table.

U-shaped Kitchen
With three sides, this is ideal for a large space with maximum room and ample storage. The triangle fits neatly between the three sides. You simply have to ensure that the points are not too far from each other so everything is within easy reach.

Parallel Kitchen
A favourite with professional chefs, it consists of two parallel benches. The format doesn’t require a great deal of room and provides plenty of convenient workspace and storage on opposite sides.


Zone it Off

With many more appliances now on offer, the simple triangle is not always applicable. Narelle suggests considering zones instead such as the Cooking Zone, Washing Zone, Food Preparation Zone, Coffee Station, Storage Zone.

“You need to think about how you’re going to use the kitchen, how many people cook in it, and what important elements you need within reach.”


Functional Style

Functionality of a kitchen is just as important as appearance, if not more so. “You can make it look attractive but you can’t change the function,” she says.

“Contemplate every aspect of your kitchen, how you use it and what you like where. For example, consider where you like to store plastic items, on which side of the sink you like the drainer, and is there bench space near the oven so when you take dishes out, you have somewhere to place them.

“You want it to be comfortable,” says Narelle. “It has to flow for you.”


If you are a Paal buyer, you can contact Narelle for a free colour and design consultation.