Username:   Remember Me

Uber Articles {Über (ger) adj. above, beyond }

- Above and Beyond a Mere Article Directory


The Kitchen Triangle Design Method Makes Good Design Childs Play

By Joan Milner

If you have not heard of the kitchen design triangle then read on to discover how you can easily come up with your own ergonomic design.

The triangle method gives the non expert a simple way to design their own efficient layout for a fraction of the price a professional designer would charge.

The three areas that form the hub of any kitchen are the sink, the cook top and the refrigerator. Most of the activity goes on in these areas so it makes sense to site them within easy reach of each other for efficient working.

The basic layout of the kitchen design is a triangle with their three sides measuring no more than 26 feet in length. The straight line between any two of the work stations should be between 4 and 9 feet, without being impeded by a peninsula or island by more than 12 inches. Further, household traffic should not flow directly through the work area.

A few reasons for these guidelines are that the food preparer will frequently go between these work stations, the distances will allow for efficient and more streamlined workflow, and household traffic would hinder that work flow.

There are several variations of the standard triangle. L-shaped kitchens have a long wall with two of the elements intersecting a short wall with the other, the sink being the central element.

The Double L kitchen allows ample storage and counters for larger kitchens, and with an extra sink or cook top provides two functional triangles for a second cook. The U- kitchen allows for three walls with the sink in the center section and cook top and refrigerator opposite one another.

The G- kitchen builds upon the U-shape by placing a fourth wall with an extra sink or cook top, creating two functional triangles. An I-shaped kitchen in a small, confined, and narrow area can be used if the sink is in the middle. A central sink allows for this non-triangle to benefit from the triangle concept in part.

The Galley is a Double I-shape, with cabinets, counters, and our three key elements on opposing walls. The sink should have its own wall facing the cook top and refrigerator.

Remember however that your kitchen is just one room in your home you also need to enhance your kitchen triangle design to take into account access to and from the kitchen area.

The usual kitchen design is best with one cook in an area that is not part of the normal traffic flow of the home. Be advised however that some of the variations, such as the G- and Double L-shaped kitchen, are design tweaks especially suitable for more than one cook and homes where more than one preparation areas are required.

Kitchen design has certainly been made a lot easier by the invention of the kitchen triangle design method and many people are grateful for the immediate order and structure it gives to the newest room in their home.

Discover more kitchen design ideas click through to the free website created by Lorraine Smith where you can discover more and see some inspiring kitchen design photos that will help you put together your own unique design.

categories: kitchen design,kitchen photos,kitchen layout,new kitchen,diy kitchen,kitchens,diy,home improvement,room design,design,cooking,house and home,home improvement,diy

Article kindly provided by

Topics: Home Improvement | No Comments »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Article Citation
MLA Style Citation:
Milner, Joan "The Kitchen Triangle Design Method Makes Good Design Childs Play." The Kitchen Triangle Design Method Makes Good Design Childs Play. 5 Jul. 2010. 27 Sep 2014 <>.

APA Style Citation:
Milner, J (2010, July 5). The Kitchen Triangle Design Method Makes Good Design Childs Play. Retrieved September 27, 2014, from

Chicago Style Citation:
Milner, Joan "The Kitchen Triangle Design Method Makes Good Design Childs Play"

Reprint Rights

Creative Commons License
This article is subject to a revocable license under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License, which means you may freely reprint it, in its entirety, provided you include the author's resource box along with LIVE VISIBLE links (without "nofollow" tags). We may revoke the license at any time with or without cause. You must also include the credit to

Comments are closed.

Uber Articles and its partner sites cannot be held responsible for either the content nor the originality of any articles. If you believe the article has been stolen from you without your permission, please contact us and we will remove it immediately. If you have a problem with the accuracy or otherwise of the content of an article, please contact the author, not us! Also, please remember that any opinions and ideas presented in any of the articles are those of the author and cannot be taken to represent the opinions of Uber Articles. All articles are provided for informational purposes only. None of them should be relied upon for medical, psychological, financial, legal, or other professional advice. If you need professional advice, see a professional. We cannot be held responsible for any use or misuse you make of the articles, nor can we be held responsible for any claims for earnings, cures, or other results that the article might make.
  • RSS Feed

    RSS for Home Improvement

  • Plugin UAW into your sites and start receiving fresh, unique and niche relevant content today and everyday!