Efficient Kitchen Design with the Kitchen Triangle

Aug 1st, 20103 Comments
Kitchen Triangle

Kitchen Triangle

When designing or redesigning your kitchen, always keep in mind the “kitchen triangle”.  The kitchen triangle is the path between the refrigerator, the sink, and the stove/oven. The kitchen triangle is a classic example of ergonomics.  Consider how many times you walk between the refrigerator, sink, and stove, and you will understand why the kitchen triangle is constantly being refined.

Minimizing the distance traveled in the kitchen while allowing sufficient space to work is the goal of kitchen triangle design.  This requires a balance between the size of the triangle and placement of work areas and appliances.

The kitchen work area (usually a counter-top or an island) should be midway along one of the triangle’s legs, but must not obstruct the path between any two points of the triangle.  The triangle should have no obstructions whatsoever and even normal household traffic should flow around the triangle rather than through it.

There are many different designs for kitchen triangles, including double triangles (mainly for larger kitchens).  Ask your kitchen designer which of these options would be best for your home:

Six Different Triangles

Six Different Triangles

L-Shaped Kitchen – The most popular style.  It works well in both large and small kitchens and allows the placement of an island in larger kitchens.

U-Shaped Kitchen – Designed for three walls instead of two.  It provides plenty of plenty of counter top area and room for cabinets.

G-Shaped Kitchen – This design is becoming popular.  A fourth wall creates plenty of space for extra amenities.

Single Wall Kitchen – Good for very small kitchens.  Though perhaps not ideal for a heavily used kitchen, the Single Wall design is perfect for secondary kitchens.

Island Kitchen – This option turns a Single Wall Kitchen into a pleasant design for many people.  The island becomes one point of your triangle and the other walls are freed for various uses.

Galley Kitchen – A good design if you have limited space.  Provides better work area than a Single Wall Kitchen, but may have traffic flow problems.

Custom Kitchens can help you decide which design works best for you and your home. Contact us today to see how we can help you with your Outer Banks kitchen renovations.

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