The Work Triangle: The Foundation of an Efficient Kitchen

The work or kitchen triangle is one of the fundamental elements of good kitchen design. All new kitchen designs should take into account the work triangle to help create a kitchen that is both well laid out and efficient to work in.

The three most commonly used work places in the kitchen are the stove, refrigerator and sink. The aim of the kitchen work triangle is to have these three areas at the optimum distance and positioning to one another to maximise efficiency and minimise traffic through the work zone.

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The stove, fridge and sink all represent one point of the work triangle. If each point is too far from the other two, you will waste steps while preparing a meal. If these points are too close to each other, the space will be too cramped, making work difficult.

The kitchen work triangle suggests each side of the triangle should be between four and nine feet. The total length of all three sides should be between 12 and 26 feet. No obstacles, such as island benches, rubbish bins, cabinets or household traffic, should cross through any side of the work triangle.

Many new kitchen designs dismiss the work triangle for sake of aesthetics, trends or for the desire for a very large kitchen. This is detrimental to the efficiency of your kitchen and if you use your kitchen everyday, as most households do, this will inevitably become a frustration. Other important design elements to consider include the height of the cabinets and counter tops.

Roseville-based House of Kitchens understands the important elements of good kitchen design tailored to your home and family. Call us on 02 9416 3365 or email us for a consultation or quote. You could also get inspiration and ideas from our kitchen design brochure.