The Work Triangle...
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For the last few decades, most kitchen designs have been based on three standard layouts: the U-shaped kitchen, the L-shaped kitchen and the galley kitchen.
Those all make use of the classic work triangle concept that basically positions the three major kitchen components (refrigerator, stove and sink) in a triangular pattern.
That was determined to be the most efficient layout in the 1950's, after a research study on kitchen usage showed that most women:
• Stayed home during the day
• Worked alone in the kitchen
• Cooked most foods from scratch
• Needed storage space for about 400 items
Tracking Modern Trends
More recently, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) co-sponsored recent research that recognized the changing use patterns in the kitchen. It found that most women now:
• Work outside the home
• Share the cooking
• Prepare very few foods from scratch
• Require storage space for 800 items
After this study, the NKBA wrote 31 guidelines to provide industry pros with minimum standards for kitchen efficiency, convenience, traffic spaces, distances between items, and countertop and cabinet space. You can find them at http://www.nkba.org/guidelines/kitchen.aspx
Multiple Work Centers
Designers now think in terms of multiple work centers or work stations within the kitchen in order to allow more than one person to work efficiently without getting in anyone else's way.
Work centers are a little less formal concept than a classic work triangle since you can basically create a station anytime decent counter space is provided next to a major appliance or sink.
Adding an island is one of the most common ways to program multiple work centers into a kitchen. It might block the clear paths of the classic work triangle, but an island creates 2-4 small work stations along its perimeter.
These stations can become major work centers if a second sink is added or the cooktop is pulled away from the wall and set into the island. Even without an island, you can create distinct work centers simply by separating the microwave oven and the cooktop/range.
For example, placing them on opposite sides of the sink—setting the microwave near the refrigerator/freezer—provides counter space for food preparation at each appliance.
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