Kitchen Design: Understanding The Work Triangle And Kitchen Layouts


By: David Buster

Having a good layout for your kitchen is important, because the kitchen should be an efficient and pleasant area in which to prepare meals and do related tasks. Understanding the kitchen work triangle concept and the basic kitchen layouts is a valuable starting point for having a good kitchen design that you like.

The kitchen work triangle consists of the distance between the sink, refrigerator and range or cooktop. Each one of these areas becomes a focal point in the kitchen and forms the three points of a triangle with different distances between them. Done correctly, the kitchen work triangle provides the most efficient food preparation area layout in the kitchen.

Whether you're remodeling an existing kitchen or building a new one, an efficient design means that your work triangle minimizes the number of steps the cook must take between the three areas during meal preparation and cleanup. The total distance from the sink to the stove to the refrigerator and back to the sink should be not less than 12 feet total nor more than 27 feet. Each triangle leg should measure between 4 and 9 feet in length. The kitchen isles should be at least 42 to 48 inches wide to allow people to move around easily and for appliances to be opened with ease.

When selecting the floor plan for your kitchen, here are basic kitchen layouts to consider:

By understanding the kitchen work triangle concept and how you want your kitchen to function, you'll be more likely to create the kind of kitchen you've always wanted. Today, kitchens are often viewed as the hub of the home as well as a social center for family and friends. Planning your kitchen can be a challenge, but the rewards you'll receive are very much worth the time and effort.

© 2005 David Buster

David Buster is Vice-President of InfoSearch Publishing and webmaster of http://www.yourdreamloghome.com/ - visit the website to learn more about home decorating and remodeling, kitchen and bathroom design and decor tips, log homes and log cabins, home plans, backyard living, home storage, fireplaces, log cabin rentals and more.

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