Efficient Kitchen Design

When planning the layout of your new kitchen, the size and shape of your kitchen area will determine which layouts are viable. But then how do you create an efficient workspace? The kitchen work triangle and work zones are the solution for efficient kitchen design.

The Kitchen Work Triangle

Efficient kitchen design that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing uses the cook top, sink, and refrigerator as the focus for planning the kitchen remodel. These three appliances are the kitchen cornerstone and create what is commonly referred to as the Work Triangle. Keeping them closer together in proximity smooths out your workflow and cuts down on wasted walking.

Note: The exception for the work triangle is the one wall kitchen. Due to limitations in geometry, it is impossible to achieve a triangle unless a kitchen island is added as an addition. However, efficiency can be achieved similarly by keeping appliances closer together.

two examples of the work triangle in a galley kitchen and a u shape kitchen

The Kitchen Work Zones

From there, cut your work space into three work zones: prep-work, cooking, and cleaning. Cabinet space, appliance location, and countertops in each zone should be designed around their job. It’s important to think about your kitchen and how you are going to use it, so plan accordingly:

  • Include countertop space next to each appliance. Having available space will be valuable for using the appliance and saving time.
  • Store your cutting boards and knives near your prep-work space.
  • Leaving open shelves for cookbooks near the prep-work zone makes using recipe books more convenient.
  • Create storage for your pots and pans near the stovetop for quick access during cooking.
  • The dishwasher should be next to the sink for easy loading. Keep your sink area prepped and ready for dishes.

Additional Work Zones

The secondary kitchen zones should then be constructed around these: food storage, cleaning supplies / waste, and dishes / cutlery. While these are indeed secondary, it is important to put some time into planning.

  • Food storage includes both chilled (the fridge) and non-chilled foods (the pantry), so place the pantry near the refrigerator. Giving yourself enough unobstructed counter space to set groceries down and easily get them in the fridge and cabinets will make your life easier.
  • Cleaning supplies and waste are often directly linked to your sink placement. Many store both under the sink so easy access, since under the sink is otherwise hard to use space.
  • Keep dishes and cutlery in an easy to access location, optionally closest to where you eat.

If you are ready to remodel your kitchen, get in contact with one of our Cabinet Cures designers to get started!

We work closely with you—from planning and efficient kitchen design to the remodel itself—to make sure you get the kitchen cabinets of your dreams!