The kitchen triangle, or work triangle as it’s sometimes known, is the foundation of nearly every modern kitchen. It uses some basic geometry to create efficiency in your kitchen and works no matter how large or small your kitchen is.
The work triangle concept has been around for more than 50 years, and you might see some people argue that it’s going out of style. While there are other options out there for kitchen design, a basic concept like this is a good place to start if you are not sure about how you want your kitchen to look.
Here’s what you need to know to bring this piece of geometry into your kitchen.
Work Triangle Basics
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the work triangle is an imaginary straight line drawn from the center of the sink to the center of the cook top to the center of the refrigerator and finally back to the sink.
This design encompasses the three main work areas in your kitchen: the refrigerator, the sink, and the stove. Moving back and forth between them is at the heart of how food is prepared. You move from the fridge to sink for prep to the stove or oven. The process is repeated in reverse for clean up.
This basic principle holds true whether you have an L-shaped kitchen, a U-shaped kitchen, or even a galley kitchen. The triangles take different sizes and orientations, but you can fit one in just about anywhere.
Mapping out this triangle is a great first step toward deciding where you want appliances placed as part of a kitchen renovation. Our team at Three Week Kitchens can help you determine what the triangle should like in your new kitchen
While the work triangle is a great place to start thinking about a kitchen renovation, it is not for everyone. It assumes that a kitchen will only have one major work area, which is not the case in some kitchens. You may find that you need two or more work zones to accommodate your family’s cooking and entertaining needs.
The work triangle also leaves a little to be desired when it comes to entertaining. If your kitchen is the gathering place for guests, you need to make sure that their space is not in the way of your work area. This might involve deviating from the triangle depending on the layout and size of your kitchen.
Our team at Three Week Kitchens will help you consider all of these factors and ultimately design the perfect layout for your kitchen renovation. Contact us today to get started.