What is the Kitchen Work Triangle

When designing your kitchen, it is important to keep in mind the work triangle – the imaginary line between the sink, refrigerator and cooktop.

The concept of the kitchen work triangle was developed in the 1940’s with the goal of maximizing efficiency and creating a user-friendly space.  A lot has changed since the 40’s — kitchens now often need to accommodate two cooks and other activities.  As a result, a double triangle or “zones” have emerged.  The prep, cooking and cleaning zones are still the main areas.  However, the optional supplementary zones help create a kitchen that fits your lifestyle.  Here are some ideas:

  • Baking zone – space for rolling out dough, cabinets to store the appropriate supplies
  • Beverage or bar area with stemware & compact beverage center for entertaining
  • Second sink adds convenience and another prep station
  • Spice or wine rack or other specialty storage
  • Desk or homework zone – for multi-tasking or helping the kids with their school work
  • Communication center – look up recipes, catch the news/weather or charge your cell phone
  • Rolling cart can serve as a prep station in smaller kitchens
  • Pull out trash center in cleaning zone
  • An island is a great element that is useful in housing multiple zones

For kitchen layout ideas, click here.

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