Designer Insider By Design Assistant Nicole Evans
Whether your kitchen is big or small, a galley or U-shaped kitchen, the trusted “Work Triangle” is the best method for helping design your kitchen.
The work triangle is a guideline that helps plan the three main workstations in the kitchen. This triangle is imaginary, but connects the refrigerator, sink, and range/cooktop. Each connection should be measured between 4-9 feet. Allowing this work triangle connection to be in your kitchen allows you to easily go from your sink to your stove to your refrigerator.
The work triangle concept also needs to have other guidelines to follow, such as no major traffic patterns should cross through the triangle. This is important to remember so that the main walkway does not have thru-traffic and overcrowding cooking areas.
Another good point to mention is that a second triangle can be created by adding other “Work Zones.” With the kitchen being more of a hot spot of socialization and being multi-functional areas, there can be other zones in the kitchen to consider such as a prep sink or baking station.