Optimize Your Cooking Workflow With the Kitchen Triangle

Chopping VegetablesKitchen remodeling is about more than just selecting new cabinets and countertops. It’s also a great opportunity to make your kitchen’s workspace as comfortable and efficient as possible. One way to accomplish this goal is by keeping the principles of the kitchen triangle in mind. This design concept, which was first popularized in the 1920s by industrial psychologist and engineer Lillian Moller Gilbreth, is still remarkably relevant today.

The kitchen triangle is designed to promote a rotational workflow in the kitchen that allows cooks to move seamlessly between three main food prep areas—the sink, the refrigerator and the stove. These three areas constitute the corners of the kitchen triangle. According to Gilbreth’s theory, each leg of the triangle should be between four and nine feet long, and the sum total of the triangle’s legs should be no less than 13 feet and no more than 26 feet. By adhering to these basic principles, designers can create a kitchen that offers an uninterrupted path between each work area.

Of course, it’s not always necessary to adhere strictly to the tenets of the kitchen triangle.

Every kitchen is different, and some are more conducive to a triangle-shaped workflow than others. That said, you can still establish an efficient rotational workflow by designing clear paths between each of your work areas. Be wary of adding a large, bulky island between the refrigerator and stove, for example. By keeping your primary work areas within easy reach of one another, you can make cooking a more enjoyable and relaxing experience.

Interested in giving your outdated kitchen a facelift? The team at Kitchen & Bath Wizards would be happy to lend a hand. Give us a call or contact us online today to get started!