The biggest mistake you can make when remodeling your kitchen is to ignore the kitchen work triangle. The functionality and the comfort of the heart of your home will depend on how you place and space the three most used areas: the stove, the sink, and the refrigerator.
The Kitchen Work Triangle
There are many ways to be innovative in kitchen design, but there’s one thing that’s remained constant through every design trend and innovation in kitchen appliances.
When it comes to kitchen design, the kitchen work triangle has never changed. No matter how many custom storage spaces you create, no matter how many cool entertainment nooks you include in your design, the most trafficked area in the kitchen will be from the sink to the stove to the refrigerator.
Once you’ve placed these three points of focus, then you can get creative with design. But, for a kitchen to be efficient, you have to create a smooth workflow and maintain the kitchen work triangle.
Placing the Sink
Most people will place the sink where the plumbing pipes are located. However, sometimes the people who did the original plumbing weren’t so concerned with the proper flow of the work triangle.
Don’t let the plumbing dictate where you should put your sink. Let the best kitchen design show you where to place it, and then hire a plumber to help you get the pipes over to the selected spot, and not the other way around.
Spacing between Appliances
Regardless of how big your kitchen is, you still want your stove, refrigerator, and sink to be nearby, without being smooshed together. You want unobstructed access to the most used items, but not so much space between them that you run a marathon every time you’re cooking dinner.
We would say that each point of the kitchen work triangle should be no more than 20ft and no less than 10ft.
Kitchen Designers in Denver
The first step to efficient kitchen design is to look at the space of your kitchen. From there, we’ll work out the best placement of the three points of the kitchen work triangle. Then, we’ll work with you to understand your kitchen needs to create efficient storage, as well as plenty of counter space.
Stop by our kitchen showroom in Denver and talk to a kitchen design expert.