The Triangle in Your Kitchen

Chances are, you’re going to be in your new kitchen a lot.  Whether it’s in the morning while your fresh cup of coffee is being brewed, grabbing a snack from your pantry in the afternoon, or making yourself a gourmet dinner, your kitchen is one of the most important areas of your home.  You may have lots of ideas for what you want your kitchen to look like, but there’s one important thing that you might be missing.


The Work Triangle

kitchen area New Braunfels 8If you’re not an architect, this term may seem a bit foreign to you, but really, its one of the most simple concepts in all kitchen design.  The work triangle is defined as the area in between the sink, the refrigerator, and the stove.  If you can, step into your current kitchen and look at yours.  Can you step from one to the other?  Is one completely out of the way while the other two are right next to each other?  The work triangle is an important aspect to consider when thinking about your new kitchen.


The work triangle is an interesting piece of architectural design that is often overlooked.  When you stand in your kitchen, the distance of the sides of the triangle should add up between 13 and 26 feet.  If it’s any less, your kitchen may feel cramped and you won’t have enough room to move around.  If it’s any more, your kitchen may feel too long and spread out.  Do you want to be running a marathon while cooking dinner?


The work triangle may not be the most important thing to think about, though.  This concept was developed in early modern architecture when things in the kitchen were quite different.  The triangle assumes that only one person will be in the kitchen, for instance, and that the kitchen itself will only have three work areas.  Also, the kitchen was a place where only cooking occurred, but nowadays, people eat, drink, and socialize in their kitchens as well.  But the main mantra behind the triangle is what’s important: you want to have great workflow in your kitchen.  Sometimes when designing kitchens, architects may need to introduce two triangles, or even throw them out altogether.  It is important to use the triangle as a guideline, and not let it control the entire design of your kitchen.


Have you gotten tired of your old kitchen?  Or are you looking for an entirely new home altogether?  Here at CKC Custom homes, we take pride in bringing your vision to life while offering our design expertise in every step of the process.  Click the button below to contact us today to make your dream a reality.  We’ll be there every step of the way to ensure that you get exactly what you need.


The contents of this blog reflect the opinions of CKC Custom Homes and are for informational purposes only. This information is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as professional advice.



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