The magic triangle may sound like a bit of an airy fairy idea in terms of kitchen design, however, research proves that it does make the room function more easily and everything is accessible even when full of various family members. Here, we not only discuss the magic triangle but other design advice that may help you to redesign or rearrange your kitchen to make it a more usable space.
So, to start with, if you’re unfamiliar, the magic triangle refers to the distance between the fridge, sink and cooker/hob. Experts say that if this is designed properly then your kitchen will function like clockwork whatever other alterations are made. They also advise, just for your information, that if you choose to redesign the kitchen yourself then to ensure there is at least 1.2m space between units that face each other to enable you to be able to open them and be able to get inside. The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends 24 inches of counter top on one side of the sink and roughly 18 inches on the other side, so consider this in your redesign.
The concept of the magic triangle is to make the kitchen more ergonomic and user friendly, meaning you may want to spend more time in there. If your kitchen space is limited then our other post with advice on how to maximise the space might be worth a read. Let us know if you try any of the advice and what you think of the results.
Obviously, the more gadgets and appliances you want in your kitchen the more complicated the redesign is, so try to prioritise what you will realistically use and where possible, but products that have multiple uses.
In addition to where in the room you choose to place your work surfaces, appliances and seating area you need to give the lighting and orientation some serious thought. If you are lucky enough to have several windows to work with then that’s great, as you could choose for your kitchen to face a different direction. If you don’t have that luxury why not build in some patio doors, as extra window or a conservatory to really encourage the room to maintain its title as hub of the home.
Different kinds of lighting should be noted whilst having your move round, whether you are making a few small changes or a complete overhaul. Designers say that you need a mixture of decorative, task and ambient light in a kitchen, which will also allow you to play around with different styles and positions. For reading areas, floor-standing lamps provide enough light to read but nothing too harsh. Whereas, for a food preparation area two or three spot lights fitted with a dimmer will give plenty of light when chopping, but a softer glow when enjoying your meal.
If you are going to redesign your kitchen without help from an expert then do check out some online blogs or interior magazines. One thing is for sure: they all include the magic triangle.