The Kitchen Work Triangle

If you haven’t heard of this already, this will be an eye opener. With more people renovating their kitchens here is something to keep in mind with your design. If you work in a kitchen, observe if your work area follows this rule:

In the traditional kitchen the three main work sites are: the refrigerator, the sink and the stove.

These represent the three points of the kitchen work triangle. If  these points are positioned too far apart, you inefficiently travel to do each task.  If they are too close, your work will be crowded especially if you are sharing the kitchen space with an “assistant”.

When creating a kitchen work triangle, use the following as a guide:

  • Each leg of the triangle should be between 4 and 9 feet
  • The total of all three legs should be between 12 and 26 feet
  • No obstructions (cabinets, islands, etc.) should intersect a leg of the work triangle
  • Household traffic should not flow through the work triangle

If you have the power to design your own kitchen, this guide is really important to keep your work efficient and less straining.

Cooking doesn’t have to be tiring.

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