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The Kitchen Triangle – Good for Kitchens Not For Love

Kitchens / May 25, 2015

There are a lot of activities that can be done in the kitchen these days – preparing a snack, cooking, baking, eating breakfast, dinner and socializing with family and friends. Sometimes, we even catch ourselves working in our kitchens with our laptops! For whatever lifestyle you have, every kitchen should achieve a primary goal – functional meal prep.

A good kitchen work plan or the ‘kitchen triangle’ as they call it can help you obtain the functionality a kitchen needs. The three major elements that comprises this triangle includes the sink, refrigerator and stove. These elements should be strategically planned and placed to avoid obstruction and give everyone who works in the kitchen a fluid flow and ample space. Hence, a good floor plan will yield to better efficiency. The triangle is a geometric perfection that when executed, can turn out to be a functionally ‘smart kitchen’.

As we understand this concept, the main rule of thumb is that the sum of distance between all the elements (sink, stove and refrigerator) in a work triangle should not be less than 10 feet or greater than 25 feet. If the space is less than 10, the kitchen will look too cramped and crowded. While if it exceeds 25 feet, time will be wasted traveling between the different work areas.

The work triangle is being challenged by designers today since there are many appliances used in a modern kitchen compared to the last era. Plus the current day kitchen activities are very different from years past. We often have several people preparing meals at the same time, multitask on meal prep and family time etc. Instead of using the triangle technique some designers assign work zones. These are the evolution of the kitchen work triangle according to Houzz. Work zones adapt the concept of an open-space kitchen allowing room for more people working in the kitchen, maximizing efficiency in a larger space, as well as entertaining guests.

If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen anytime soon, you can use the kitchen triangle as guide or consider the way your family uses the kitchen space and what work zone patterns may be most useful for you. No matter what size your space, having a working and functional kitchen matters and generally there are triangles in the work flow. For a complimentary consultation, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 615-244-6094 or send us an email!

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