every interior designer's secret to the perfect kitchen layout

Every Interior Designer’s Secret to the Perfect Kitchen Layout

Matt Ho by Matt Ho on Apr 13, 2016
Why you should care

Knowing how to apply the Kitchen Work Triangle will help you fully utilise your space and make your kitchen time more efficient.

Unlike the Bermuda Triangle, the Kitchen Triangle helps you locate stuff and navigate better.

The Kitchen Work Triangle (KWT), or sometimes known as the Kitchen Triangle Rule is a concept used by kitchen designers. It optimises activity efficiency and improves accessibility during cooking and washing.

It’s called the triangle rule because it dictates that the 3 main stations in the kitchen (refrigerator, sink, and stove) must be arranged in a triangle.

kitchen triangle rule

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When planning the layout for a kitchen, you or your interior designer/contractor can determine the most effective arrangement and layout to reduce cooking and meal preparation efforts. A happy cook makes a good cook!

Small Space, Big Rewards

Let’s face it, most of us don’t have huge kitchens worthy of a cooking show set. The KWT is so versatile that it can even be applied to tight kitchen spaces.

small kitchen

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In smaller kitchens, 2 of the 3 main stations can be placed in the same line – this helps utilise every inch and nook.

This diagram perfectly demonstrates how the KWT works in most kitchens.

kitchen work triangle in different kitchen types

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If you’re looking to renovate your kitchen but not sure which layout is best for your, then this video (SOURCE: YouTube user, Ikea Australia) would be helpful!

Now that you have a clearer idea of the various kitchen layouts, here are 3 reasons why the KWT is important to you:

  • Ergonomic

    The calculated positions of the KWT reduce walking and other physical movements. Why take 8 steps to the fridge when you can be a mere 3 steps away from your secret candy compartment?

  • Space Maximising

    It minimises dead spaces within the working areas of the kitchen, a bonus point for small kitchens.

  • Fits More Chefs

    With a proper layout, you can fit more than 1 person in the kitchen so start roping in friends for there’s-no-such-thing-as-a-free-meal dinner party.

Why you should care

Knowing how to apply the Kitchen Work Triangle will help you fully utilise your space and make your kitchen time more efficient.

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