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Design School: The Efficient Kitchen (Part 1)

Here’s a guide on how to create a kitchen that will suit your needs


Kitchens used to be the dark and smoky part of the house. Nowadays, lifestyles have changed and other members of the family, including men and children, have gained strong interest in cooking. Modern kitchens are now designed to be environment-friendly and user-friendly so that work in such spaces will be safe, efficient and fun. Here are some important things you should know about planning your kitchen. 

Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by At Maculangan.

Read the original article ("How to Make an Efficient Kitchen”) in the December-January 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-living/id553158056?mt=8) now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.  

The Work Triangle

There are three major work centers in the kitchen namely, the STORAGE CENTER (refrigerator), the CLEAN-UP/PREPARATION CENTER (sink) and the COOKING CENTER (cook top or oven). Arranging these work centers in a layout forming the WORK TRIANGLE helps in minimizing the length of trips you make going from one work center to another, saving time and energy. 

According to graphical standards, the total sum of the three sides of the triangle should be between 13 to 22 feet but should not be less than 13 feet. Each side of the triangle should not measure less than 4 feet. Here are the ideal measurements:

  • Between the sink and range (most used): 4 to 6ft
  • Between ref to sink (second most used): 4 to 7ft
  • Between range to ref (third most used): 4 to 9ft 

For heat energy-saving purposes, never put the refrigerator right beside the range. In measuring the proper distance between the centers, measure from the center front of the appliance/fixture to the center front of the other.

Kitchen Layouts

Choose the most efficient layout based on your existing space and your lifestyle. 

U-Shaped Kitchen

This layout distributes three work centers among separate counters forming a "U". It is the most efficient, and works if you have at least eight feet in room width and length. The work triangle created allows a logical sequence of work centers with minimum distances between them.

L-Shaped Kitchen

This layout occupies two walls in the room forming an "L". It works in areas with doors or windows on two walls of the room as well as provides extra floor space for other activities such as eating or ironing.

Stay tuned for other kitchen layouts and more helpful hints in the second part of our Design School: An Efficient Kitchen feature! 


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