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Kitchen Work Triangle


Kitchen Work Triangle


Kitchen Work Triangle is the three points lines between sink, stove (cooktop) and refrigerator. This three points is the main working finction in our kitchen, that is washing (or cleaning), cooking and storage. The kitchen work triangle is a design concept that can help create efficient use of kitchen work spaces. The idea is that a line drawn to the refrigerator, sink, and stove should create a relatively even-sided triangle within which the major kitchen activities take place.

The kitchen work triangle layout can reduce unnecessary movement in the kitchen, making your use of the space more efficient.  The kitchen work triangle idea is to maintain these three elements are in close (but not too close) proximity to one other, the kitchen will run efficiently. Kitchen work triangle is to address the efficiency of the kitchen space between the major work centers in our kitchen as following;

  1. Cooking (Range/Stove)
  2. Preparation (Sink/Dishwasher)
  3. Food Storage (Refrigerator).

The kitchen work triangle principle is used by kitchen designers when designing a home kitchen, following is some guidelines for kitchen work traingle;:

  1. No leg of the triangle should be less than 4 feet (1.2 m) or more than 9 feet (2.7 m).
  2. The sum of all three sides of the triangle should be between 13 feet (4.0 m) and 26 feet (7.9 m).
  3. Cabinets or other obstacles should not intersect any leg of the triangle by more than 12 inches (30 cm).
  4. If possible, there should be no major traffic flow through the triangle.
  5. A full-height obstacle, such as a tall cabinet, should not come between any two points of the triangle.

There are exceptions of kitchen work triangle, for single wall kitchens, it’s geometrically impossible to achieve a true triangle, but efficiency can still be achieved through the configuration of the three items, and how far apart they are.