When planning your kitchen remodel it is important to keep the kitchen work triangle in mind when deciding on a layout. What is the kitchen work triangle you ask? Well it is simple, think about the 3 appliances you use most in your kitchen: the sink, the stove, and the refrigerator. The imaginary line that connects these three are what make up the kitchen work triangle. Having these elements close but not too close is a delicate balance that we here at Renewal Remodels & Additions have come to perfect.
How it Works
As a general rule, no leg of the triangle should be less than 4 feet or greater than 9 feet. The perimeter of the triangle should be between 13 feet and 26feet to achieve ideal efficiency and if possible, no major traffic should flow through the triangle. The system was developed in the 1940’s so naturally a few modifications are necessary such as the placement of the microwave, dishwasher, and other small appliances. Some believe more in the use of kitchen zones: food preparation, baking, cooking, and cleaning. A blend of the two usually yields the best, most efficient kitchen layouts.
In smaller work spaces such as single wall kitchens, achieving this geometric triangle is impossible but efficiency is still possible through the configuration of the sink, stove & refrigerator.