What is the kitchen work triangle?

Kitchen work triangle

When planning a kitchen layout, be sure to consider the “kitchen work triangle”. This concept uses the three most-used places in the kitchen – the sink, the refrigerator and the cooker top – to create a triangular shape, as demonstrated within the diagram below:

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The person using the kitchen is likely to stay within the kitchen work triangle as they prepare food, and having the three points of the triangle relatively close to each other (but not too close) will help to make the space more efficient.

Here are some basic principles to keep in mind when planning your kitchen triangle:

● Each side of the triangle should measure between 1.2m and 2.7m. The length of your arm span can be a good guide.
● There should be no obstacles in the path between the points of the work triangle.
● The kitchen triangle should be in a location that doesn’t have any other foot traffic.

Although a kitchen work triangle with more-or-less equal sides is ideal, it’s not always possible, depending on the layout of your kitchen.

For example, single-wall kitchens will have to have everything in a line – but keeping the three points relatively close to each other will enable you to still enjoy the benefits of the work triangle concept, even without an actual triangle.

If you’re having trouble figuring out how to create a kitchen triangle in your kitchen, you might want to consider adding a kitchen island. This can be a great place for installing a hob – the third side of your triangle – and can also add valuable worktop space and storage.

Here at Prept we can help you to create a luxury kitchen to suit your everyday needs. If you’re ready to start planning your Prept kitchen, then use our downloadable kitchen planner graph now. 

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