Kitchen Layouts

A quick video on kitchen layouts

How to Set Up a Kitchen Work Triangle

Efficiently designing the path connecting your sink, range and refrigerator can save time and energy in the kitchen

1. The kitchen work triangle connects the three main work areas in the kitchen — the sink, the range, and the refrigerator. As a general guideline, the distance between these areas should be no less than 4 feet and no larger than 9 feet. The sum of all three sides of the triangle should be between 13 feet and 26 feet. If the distance is too small, it can make a kitchen feel cramped and blocked. If it’s too large, it makes cooking a hassle.

2. Think about how well you get around in your current kitchen.
What frustrates you in your kitchen? What causes problems while you’re working?  Thinking about what bothers you the most will help you figure out how to organize your kitchen workspaces within the triangle format. Keep in mind that the lengths of the triangle don’t have to be completely even.

3. Take additional functions into account when determining your work triangle.
Because so many modern kitchens have become multipurpose rooms, it’s important to really think about what functions you want your kitchen to serve. Determining whether you want a desk, homework place, bar, large island, multiple sinks and so on can help you figure out exactly how to position your work triangle.  The shape of your triangle will differ depending on what kind of kitchen shape you have.

4. Make adjustments and design decisions that fit your kitchen best — there are no set rules.
Above all else, you want your kitchen to work for you. While the kitchen work triangle is a great guide, by no means is it set in stone. You may have to design a kitchen with everything on a single wall — in which case the work triangle would be impossible to set up.

A very in-depth article from Fine Homebuilding:

Planning Your Kitchen: Five Tools for Layout – Fine Homebuilding Article

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