How to lay out Solid Oak kitchens using the Kitchen Work Triangle Principle
The kitchen work triangle concept has been applied for decades to help homeowners plan an efficient kitchen layout that minimises traffic and maximises productivity. Dating back to as early as the 1940s, the work triangle incorporates a number of principles that are perfect for creating a strategic layout for solid oak kitchens and appliances.
The kitchen work triangle is a relatively simple principle to apply, and is often praised by interior designers as the best starting point when remodelling your kitchen. However, every home is unique, and all properties certainly have their quirks, so don’t worry about bending the rules slightly if necessary.
WHAT IS THE KITCHEN WORK TRIANGLE?
The kitchen work triangle aims to connect the three most important areas of the kitchen – namely the refrigerator, the sink and the cooker – in a logical layout that utilises the space most effectively.
WHAT ARE THE RULES OF THE KITCHEN WORK TRIANGLE?
- First, the distance between each of these areas should be at least 1.2 m (4 feet), and no more than 2.7m (9 feet).
- If you add together the distances between each of the three areas, the total should be between 4m (13 feet) and 7.9m (26 feet). If the sum of these three distances is less than 13 feet, your kitchen is likely to feel cramped. If it exceeds 26 feet, you are likely to be wasting time and energy walking unnecessary distances.
- Each side of the triangle should not be intersected by more than 30cm (12 inches), by solid wood cabinets, a kitchen island or any other item.
- Finally, position your kitchen work triangle so that it will not impinge on a primary walkway.
THE KITCHEN WORK TRIANGLE IN PRACTICE
The kitchen work triangle has now been used by design experts and homeowners for more than seventy year: a fact that attests to the concept’s timeless practicality. If you would like to discuss your new kitchen design, please contact us by telephoning 0345 22 22 990; emailing [email protected]; or by visiting one of our kitchen showrooms.