How often do you have to walk from your cook-top to your cleaning area or to your storage area? A lot of times, right? And, if the area of your kitchen is big and the distance between these three main work zones is more, it takes a little longer to get the job done especially when you are trying to focus on your cooking. A kitchen nowadays has become more than a cooking place where families unite, dine or entertain. Thus, modern kitchen designers plan out efficient work spots with the right distance between cooking, cleaning and storage areas. It will help the cook to reach these spots with ease and to avoid crowding. Here, the Kitchen Work Triangle comes into picture.
As interesting as it sounds, the Kitchen Work Triangle is a concept that was developed in the early twentieth century wherein the distance between the gas stove, sink and refrigerator should form an imaginary triangle. Each leg of this triangle should have a specific distance according to the size of your kitchen. Also known as ‘the golden triangle’ or ‘the working triangle’, if followed properly, it helps you to work efficiently.
It is important to mention here that work triangle is not a law or rule while designing a kitchen layout but it’s just a guideline to provide an ease of cooking and flexibility to make your kitchen multi-functional.
Kitchen work triangle has a substantial application in the layout of the kitchen and to avoid any flaws, there are few guidelines that are absolutely necessary to be followed.
1. The sum of three sides i.e. the countertop, washing area, and refrigerator of the triangle should not exceed 26 feet.
2. Each leg of the triangle must measure between 4 to 9 feet.
3. Ensure that no side of the triangle is cutting through an island or peninsula by more than 12 inches.
4. Ensure that no major traffic pattern cross the work triangle.
5. In case of any second triangle, ensure that you add the sink to an island or peninsula creating a special space for baking or vegetable prep.
1.Corridor or Galley Arrangement:
With an easy to access set-up, this work triangle layout has the potential to transform and use the corridor in a functional way. This layout is efficient for both small houses and apartments.
U-shaped layout is the best when it comes to larger homes that help you to facilitate your guests and family members comfortably.
The L-shaped layout is one of the most adaptable kitchen layouts. Basically, this layout is similar to that of a walk-in layout, making your kitchen look spacious.
The G-shaped layout allows you to get three sides of the walls for kitchen cabinets allowing you to have more storage space.