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Making The Kitchen Work Triangle Work For You!


Utilizing the kitchen triangle into the design of your kitchen remodel can help you make the most out of your kitchen space. Whether you have a large kitchen to work with or are limit in space designing your kitchen with the kitchen work triangle in mind can limit unwanted traffic in you kitchen and can make using your kitchen easier.

What Is The Kitchen Work Triangle?

The kitchen work triangle was created at the University Of Illinois by the Small Homes Council of the School of Architecture. It is a design that relates to the placement of the kitchen sink, stove and refrigerator in the kitchen. By keeping these three elements in the kitchen close together the unwanted foot traffic from those passing by is limited. This triangle also would require less movement from one side of the kitchen to the other and constant bouncing back and forth while preparing a meal. This also makes cleanup quicker and easier since the main features of the kitchen are all close together.

The sides of the kitchen work triangle should be no less than four feet and no more than nine feet. These sides do not all have to be the same length but should remain between four and nine feet. The total sum of the kitchen work triangle should be less than twenty six feet. The placement of each three points (stove, sink and refrigerator) of the triangle need to be carefully considered in terms of their functionality.

The Points of The Kitchen Work Triangle:

1.) Refrigerator-

When choosing a spot to place the refrigerator you will want to take into consideration the directions that the doors open. The door of the fridge should open into the area of the triangle if you fridge has side by side doors where one side is the freezer section you will want the fridge section to open into the area or workspace of the triangle.

2.) Sink-

Whenever possible the sink should be placed under a window for natural light. You will also want it to be near the dishwasher for easy cleanup. The sink should serve as the meeting point or center of where the cleanup of the kitchen happens.

3.) Stove-

The stove should be sandwiched between counter space that allows for easy and convenience with food prep. In addition to counter space the stove should be close to the cabinets and drawers that house the pots, pans and cooking utensils.

Creating a highly functional kitchen can be easily done when you work with the kitchen work triangle. To cut back on unnecessary foot traffic and increase the efficiency or your food prep space utilizing the kitchen work triangle can help you achieve a more sensible kitchen design. By carefully taking into consideration the placement of the stove, kitchen sink and refrigerator you can easily make using your kitchen easier and more productive.