Welcome back to the Ward Stone Group Kitchen & Bath blog! If you have been keeping up with The Ward Stone Group Kitchen & Bath blog, you will have gotten answers to questions like “What is the Best Kitchen Design?” And “What Size Should My Kitchen Be?” You may have also heard us refer to something called the “kitchen work triangle.” If you’ve never remodeled a kitchen, you may be wondering what this is and why it is important. Today on our blog, we are going to tell you what you should know about the kitchen work triangle and why it is important.

Why is the Layout of My Kitchen Important?

Having the perfect kitchen layout is dependent on a few factors: the purpose of your kitchen, available space, and aesthetics. Taking the kitchen work triangle into consideration can help you:

  • Utilize your space in the best way possible
  • Get a highly functional layout
  • A kitchen that is aesthetically pleasing

What is It?

The kitchen work triangle is made up three lines to various main locations in your kitchen: the refrigerator, stove, and sink. These are all “stations” of sorts that must be close to each to achieve efficient work flow in the kitchen, but not too close to crowd each space. By creating this flow, you cut down the number of wasted steps to each station — allowing you to reduce the time spent in the kitchen!

A Little History

The kitchen work triangle isn’t a new idea created for over-worked, busy homeowners. The idea is almost 100 years old. During the 1920s, psychologist and engineer Lillian Moller Gilbreth began to optimize kitchen layouts. Gilbreth created a circular routing which later became known as the kitchen work triangle to address the needs of one multitasking cook. Much of the work that Gilbreth did to design efficient kitchens stemmed from the Taylorist time-motion studies.

Modern Application

Originally, the application of the kitchen work triangle was very strict, with each leg of the triangle measuring to a particular length. However, the triangle today is applied more loosely. Also, with the invention of modern appliances such as the microwave and dishwasher, multiple triangles are applied to kitchen design. However, in some cases, a rectangle is used instead or the space is divided into zones. This is especially true for commercial kitchens, but is also used when designing residential spaces as well.

How Should I Design My Kitchen?

Though the kitchen work triangle is still an effective means to design a kitchen, there are many other factors that must be taken into consideration. If you are ready to give your kitchen a facelift, you don’t have to redesign your kitchen on your own. At Ward Stone Group Kitchen & Bath, we can take your ideas, design a working remodel and then make that design a reality with our highly-skilled installers. To learn more about what our design and installation can do and more about our kitchen remodeling company, visit our showroom in Okemos. We would love to help you create a space that you will love to use. Visit our website!