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Activity triangle: the secret of a functional kitchen

 

Activity triangle: the secret of a functional kitchen


 A practical kitchen is one in which space has been designed to limit unnecessary travel that wastes time. An efficient circulation plan therefore makes it easier to carry out routine tasks and is organized around the activity triangle.

A well-designed kitchen is a kitchen that meets two requirements: ergonomics and functionality. Everyday tasks must be able to be carried out smoothly, which means being able to move around in a limited space and having what you need at hand. To increase comfort and efficiency, we will therefore design a kitchen plan around what is known as the activity triangle.

What is the activity triangle?

The activity triangle organizes the kitchen in such a way as to facilitate circulation between the 3 areas around which the most common tasks are carried out (particularly meal preparation): the washing area, the cooking area and the food storage area.

The aim here is to reduce the number of steps needed between the fridge, sink and hobs, but also to arrange the space so that there are no obstacles in the way and so that you don’t bump into each other. We can even include the work surface part and talk about an activity diamond, with a fourth area dedicated to preparation.

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Optimizing your kitchen layout

To limit the number of return trips and avoid tedious gestures, the ideal is to have a worktop arranged in an L or U shape, with a circulation space of at least 90 cm between each element. The activity triangle should also be designed in relation to the dining area. Here too, there should be at least 90 cm around the table. If you have a little more space, a more comfortable area of 120 cm will allow you to easily get behind the chairs when you are seated. Each of the activity areas can then be arranged more efficiently.   

    Optimising food storage. This space usually corresponds to the fridge/freezer. However, it is possible to group together in the same area a storage space that would put both fresh products, which need to be kept cold, and non-perishable foodstuffs within easy reach. It is therefore a good idea to have storage close to the refrigerator, and can also save time when you need to store your groceries.

    Optimize the washing area. This area corresponds to the sink, but also to the dishwasher. Ideally, you should be able to easily bring dirty dishes from one to the other without having to cross the room. Another practical detail is to place the waste bin close by so that it is more efficient when clearing the table. In this way, you can reduce the number of steps to a minimum and limit the number of times you have to come and go: place the dirty plates on the worktop, throw the leftovers in the waste bin, if necessary rinse them in the sink before putting them in the machine.

    Optimize the cooking area. These are the baking trays, usually recessed into the worktop, but also the oven. The latter is usually installed under the hot spot, but to avoid having to bend down it can be interesting to have it at eye level. If space permits, a cupboard wall can be built into the extension of the worktop, where the oven can be installed. This arrangement leaves space for storing pots, pans and other utensils and having them on hand.

 

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