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Designing Fitted Spaces - Kitchens
Written by richart khalil   

As a general basis, people consider the kitchen by its functionality rather than by its size, therefore planning is a crucial moment in the conception of the kitchen.
Ever since 1950s, industrial improvement research created an ergonomic concept around the notion of the “work triangle” with the three point of the triangle corresponding to the three main kitchen activity zones: wet area (sink), cold area (refrigerator) and the hot area (cooker). As kitchens vary in size, shape and layout, different “work triangles” results, but the basics consists of having a maximum of 6m and a minimum of 90 cm between two point for optimum efficiency and comfort.

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While planning, you have to consider the following:

  • All the plumbed appliances, such as sink, dishwashers and washing machine should be sited next to each other to simplify servicing. Given the opportunity, many people prefer to site a sink in front of a window. Do not position sink in corners.
  • The main food preparation area should be located between the cooker and the sink. Adequate sockets for the type of small appliances should be available in this zone.
  • Think about disposal of rubbish, ideally segregating it into organic and inorganic.
  • Locate fridges and freezers away from oven and cooker, to allow them to work properly.
  • Some appliances doors need clearance in order to work properly, take this into consideration.
  • Kitchen lighting should follow the layout. Position direct light over the preparation areas.
  • The standard worktop height is 90cm, which is adequate for food preparation. You may also need a lower surface of 76cm for tasks that require pressure.

Planning can be tricky and deceitful if it does not follow your needs and way of working. You have to be involved in each step to assure that your kitchen will gives you the efficiency and comfort you deserve.

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