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The Kitchen Work Triangle [Explained in Detail] - iRenovate

The Kitchen Triangle is not an idea one might be familiar with. While undertaking the construction or renovation of a kitchen, a kitchen triangle is the best way to go. One might get intimidated seeing the calculations involved but the concept of the kitchen triangle is not as complex as it seems.


A Beautiful Kitchen

The kitchen triangle is a simple concept that aims at saving time and energy by efficiently designing the path between the three units of storage, cooking and cleaning in the kitchen. It connects the three main work areas of the kitchen – The refrigerator, cooking range/stove and the sink. The idea is to keep the main cooking areas confined to one part of the kitchen so that the other spaces can be utilized optimally. When these three elements are in proper proximity to one other, the kitchen will be easier and more efficient to use, cutting down on wasted steps, time and energy. A kitchen triangle can be set up in a limited budget to make the kitchen efficient in a minimal cost.

Concept of Kitchen Work Triangle

The concept for the kitchen work triangle was developed in the 1940s when kitchens were very small with large and heavy appliances. Even though the rule is quite old now the kitchen work triangle still is a simple and cost efficient way to make optimal use of the limited kitchen space. After all . we all know that ” old is gold “.

As a general guideline of the kitchen triangle, 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. The concept of the kitchen triangle is dynamic and can be designed to suit one’s needs and purpose. The lengths of the triangle don’t have to be completely even. The shape of the triangle depends on what kind of kitchen shape one has. It needs to be taken care that the lines of the triangle aren’t blocked by trash cans, cabinets and other kitchen necessities in the wrong place which will make the cooking process a hassle.


Making of Kitchen Triangle

What needs to be taken care above all is that the kitchen should be suitable for one’s use and the concept of the kitchen triangle not being a concrete rule leaves scope for deviations in order to set the kitchen up according to one’s preferences and requirements depending upon the kitchen area, shape of the kitchen and the theme and style. The triangle formed in a U-shaped kitchen will be significantly different than the one formed in an L-shaped kitchen.

Various Formats of Kitchen Triangle

Kitchen Triangle Various Formats

It is important to consider all the functions you need your kitchen to serve and design your kitchen triangle accordingly.


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