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Know More About Kitchen Work Triangle

The kitchen is the most used room in the house. At parties, guests seem almost magnetically drawn to the kitchen. That’s where the food and drinks are, so this makes sense. But before they arrive, when you’re cooking, is your work triangle like the Bermuda Triangle? The work triangle refers to the triangle created between the stove, refrigerator and the sink. Of course all of these areas would be useless without a countertop to work on but still.

Determine the Dimensions

To make the most of your triangle, separate your work stations with the least amount of steps, but with the proper amount of work space. That means the distance between any two appliances should be no less than 3 feet and no more than 7 feet. Total sides of the kitchen work triangle measure no less than 12 feet.

Consider a Galley Layout

In a galley kitchen layout, food is taken from the refrigerator, prepared by the sink and then moved to the range or microwave area for cooking. The aisle in a galley kitchen should measure no less than 4 feet and no more than 6 feet. The dining area is typically located at one end, which helps contain activity at meal time.

Get the Most Efficient Design

The most efficient design is the L-shaped kitchen. This is where two adjacent walls form a natural triangle. This layout offers flexibility in arrangement of kitchen space. If space permits, consider adding an island. This will minimize the work triangle, help define traffic patterns and create a gathering spot.

If you’re limited on space, use a small rolling cart or install a peninsula for an extra work area. If space permits, think about placing a sink and dishwasher or cooktop on the side of the island closest to the work core. The other side can be used to create an eat-up bar.

Work Triangle Basics

Long ago, when designers started paying attention to how kitchens function day-to-day, they realized there was a natural triangle of traffic for whoever was doing the cooking. Through years of research they discovered some figures and principles of sound kitchen design.

No one side of the triangle should be greater than nine feet or less than four feet.

The triangle should not be interrupted by traffic or cabinetry.

The perimeter of the triangle should measure no more than 26 feet and no less than 12 feet.

Getting Started With Your Work Triangle

  • Get a tape measure and define the actual sides and perimeter of your kitchen work triangle.

  • Determine how easy it is to work in your kitchen. If you think it is anything but easy, decide why that is. Are your components too far apart or too close? Is the traffic a mess? Are there islands or cabinets in your way?
  • Take stock of the items that could be moved or removed with little expense or effort.
  • Decide on your budget. Do you have the budget for a total kitchen remodel or only for a small redesign that will help you work better in the kitchen?