Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes: L-shaped, galley, U-shaped, single wall and island feature are but a small selection of a number of layout options. As the most used room in the house function has always been as important as style. Of course the two are certainly not mutually exclusive and the best kitchens effortlessly achieve both.
With this in mind, the concept of the work triangle was developed in the 1940s to ensure cooking in a kitchen was as ergonomically efficient as possible. The ergonomic design of your kitchen will have a deep impact on how easy it is to cook in. With some kitchens, no matter how visually amazing, you get the impression that function has played second fiddle to form.
As a working area, a kitchen will have three main elements; food storage, food preparation and food cooking. Having to move often, and far, to perform one task to the next will directly impact not just your efficiency but also the enjoyment of cooking as well. Just dropped the carrots because you had to dodge the island in the middle of the kitchen? That’s not likely to make for a calm and relaxed cook!
In addition to simply moving from one place to another, in a badly designed kitchen, your storage options will be limited. Having to make trips to pick up a saucepan in one corner, then a bowl from the other end of the kitchen will result in the same inefficiencies. These might not seem like a lot but over the course of preparing a three-course meal for a big family, these wasted journeys can add up.