The Kitchen Work Triangle

kitchen triangle The Kitchen Work Triangle
When remodeling your kitchen make sure you consider the kitchen work triangle as a guide to cooking productivity.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association has specified these guidelines for your “work triangle”.
* The sum of the work triangle’s three sides should not exceed 26 feet, and each leg should measure between 4 and 9 feet.
* The work triangle should not cut through an island or peninsula by more than 12 inches.
* If the kitchen has only one sink, it should be placed between or across from the cooking surface, preparation area, or refrigerator.
* No major traffic patterns should cross through the triangle.

Here’s a listing of their other kitchen design guidelines that focus on efficiency.

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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
  • http://www.calfinder.com Dean

    Hey Timothy,
    I thought your readers might also like these links regarding the kitchen triangle.
    For what I think is the best commentary and analysis, Susan Serra, the Kitchen Designer, has a nice write-up here: http://www.thekitchendesigner.org/journal/2007/7/17/kitchen-design-the-work-triangle-then-and-now.html
    CalFinder followed that up with one to with “5 Essential Tips for the Kitchen Triangle”
    http://www.calfinder .com/blog/kitchen-remodel/the-lost-triangle-and-the-kitchen-star/

  • http://www.thedailyjoe.net Joe Kutchera

    Really interesting. Good to think about work flow in the kitchen. Keep the good feng shui in motion!!

  • http://www.thekitchendesigner.org Susan

    The kitchen triangle! And, thanks Dean for the mention.
    The kitchen triangle does have relevancy, but as the individual’s or family’s needs have become ever more important to express in a specific way, the notion of “standards” takes, if not a back seat, then a move over to the passenger seat. We see this in the availability of so many more sizes and configurations of appliances and new creative ideas for storage solutions, etc.
    I’ve come up with a variety of designs for a client who I’m seeing tomorrow. A few of those designs are a bit awkward in terms of appliance locations, but in this situation, multiple people cook, and being in each other’s way would not be fun, so, they may not mind moving away from what is standard, as an example. It’s all good!