The concept of the kitchen work triangle started in the 1940s when house designs became standardized. The key elements of a kitchen stove top, refrigerator and sink were placed in close proximity to one another. If the legs of these three elements sum an area between 12 to 26 feet, it is said that the kitchen will run smoothly, giving ample space for traffic which boost efficiency. Nevertheless, it serves as a mere guideline for a good kitchen floor plan.
Back in the days when kitchen spaces were small and appliances were big and bulky, having a fully functional kitchen guided by the work triangle was needed by everyone. But with the increasing number of kitchen appliances and necessities such as ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, food processors and separate refrigerators applying the kitchen work triangle can become far-fetched.
Plus, since the modern kitchen became the heart of a home with its countless activities like entertaining, “keeping”, office and study activities, having a highly efficient kitchen may not be on the top of every household’s priority.
A designer may or may not suggest incorporating the work triangle in your kitchen. As they say, rules are meant to be broken and anybody can bend rules. In the end, it will all boil down to your needs and family preferences. Hear what our designer Brent says about kitchen layouts.
If you’re planning to overhaul your kitchen, be sure to talk to us to make sure the plans for your dream kitchen can be incorporated. Let all your ideas and needs be heard. Feel free to bend the rules. In the end, you and your whole family will be the ones who use kitchen so make sure it fits your heart’s desires.