19 Apr What is the Working Triangle?
If you have been through a kitchen remodel, the working triangle is probably some thing you have heard of, but for those who are just going through their first remodel this may be a foreign term. As a design + build firm it is something we hear about all the time, but as a homeowner this can sound pretty intimidating. The idea is pretty simple, the concept is to connect the 3 main work areas of the kitchen: sink, refrigerator and stove.
History of the Work Triangle:
The idea of of the kitchen work triangle was developed in 1940’s. Kitchens were much smaller back then and generally used just for cooking and not as the social hub of the house, as it is now. The idea was to connect the three main work areas in order to make things easier for the cook. The distance between these spaces should generally be no shorter than 4 ft and no longer than 9 ft. In total all 3 sides of the triangle should be between 13 and 26 feet.
Today’s Work Triangle:
While this was a concept that was developed in 1940’s it is definitely something to keep in mind when remodeling your kitchen today. Many of the principals behind the triangle are in existence today, such as keeping a certain amount of space between the work areas. It also makes cooking much easier and keeps traffic to a minimum in those working areas. There are things to consider when it comes to the modern work triangle, it doesn’t always account for larger kitchens that accommodates more than one cook, so designers have to get creative when incorporating their triangles into the space.
The main thing when remodeling your kitchen is to create a space that is functional, but also works for you. The work triangle is a great concept and something that should be kept in mind, but if it doesn’t work for you, there is no reason you can’t get creative and think outside the box with your design!