The kitchen work triangle and why you need it

Not familiar with this term? Maybe not, but your existing kitchen probably already applies the rule.

What is the work triangle?
Well, it’s the invisible triangle that links your sink, hob and refrigerator. Put it this way, it’s a well-trodden path that you tread over and over again on a daily basis. Did you know you use your sink more than any appliance in your kitchen? Of course you do. If you’ve experienced a kitchen refurbishment before, you’ll know how much you rely on it once it’s no longer plumbed in. We’ve all been there...bent over the bath awkwardly washing up.

The importance of the work triangle
Think of the sink, hob and refrigerator as the headliner acts in your kitchen and the worktops and cupboards, the supporting acts. They all have a part to play, but there is definitely a hierarchy here.

When considering your ideal kitchen layout, a kitchen designer will advise that these main players are positioned fairly close together. However, there is a fine line to maximising efficiency. Too close together and the workspace becomes compromised and awkward, too far apart and you will waste time and energy covering unnecessary floor space.

The work triangle aids zoning
The positioning of these key players also helps to zone your kitchen space. That is, keep appliances and work areas associated with them together and follow the most logical zoning for your kitchen. These zones are essentially cooking, washing and storage. So, position the dishwasher close to the sink, dry food storage units and the freezer close to the refrigerator (if not combined), and the oven and microwave close to the hob.

By applying the work triangle to your new kitchen layout, your three main zones will work in harmony with each other. With the sink, hob and refrigerator linked in this way, food preparation and cooking will be a streamlined pleasure.

If you have a large kitchen space to play with (lucky you), it’s usually best to keep these three zones separate from the socialising and dining zone. Mixing them together can cause obstructions to the work triangle and therefore render it inefficient. And you don’t want that now do you?

What shape kitchen is best for the work triangle?
Fortunately the work triangle can be successfully applied to many kitchen shapes. These include galley aka parallel, L-shaped, U-shaped and even a single wall kitchen with or without an island. Your triangle may not always remain equilateral, but it will always remain a triangle.

Need help maximising the work triangle in your new kitchen layout? Then give us a call on 01608 690 870 because we can talk triangles and kitchen design all day long.