There’s nothing more frustrating if you love to cook than having a kitchen that doesn’t function properly. It’s not necessarily about size either, it’s about making sure that the layout works properly too.
In an ideal world your kitchen layout would be based on a work triangle, this is an imaginary triangle defined by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, NKBA as being drawn from the centre of the sink to the centre of the worktop, to the centre of the refrigerator before going back to the sink.
The NKBA state that the work triangle must follow these rules in order to work:
• The sum of the triangle must not exceed more than 26 feet, and each length should measure no more than 4 and 9 feet.
• The work triangle should not cut through an island or peninsula by more than 12 inches.
• If the kitchen has one sink it should be placed between or across from the cooking surface, prep area or fridge.
• No major traffic should go through the triangle
If you are not in a position where you can change the layout of your kitchen to suit the work triangle the Houzz website suggests some other things you can do to improve your working space:
The key to this is storage, make sure you maximise your storage space above and below your kitchen cupboards by using shelving, hooks or magnetic strips to store your knives. If you are short of work top space try and store everything away from this area.
Consider a roll out isle which will slide back under a work top, so that you can increase your work space when needed.
Consider a ceiling hung pan rack to make more cupboard space for other items.
For more ideas please visit their website.