Kitchen Remodeling to Improve the Work Triangle

Do you know what the work triangle is in the kitchen? The triangle is made up of your refrigerator, stove and sink — the three areas most important in preparing a meal. But sometimes the work triangle is an unwieldy shape — or it’s not a triangle at all! When you’re considering kitchen remodeling, Box Construction can help you plan your placement of appliances to improve the function of your work triangle.

Work Triangles That Don’t Work

A big kitchen is nice — it’s a luxury of sorts. You have plenty of space to store everything you need, room to dice and slice, an area for eating and visiting, etc. But when your kitchen is so big that the components of the work triangle are too far apart, it makes cooking and cleaning harder.

For instance, if you want a kitchen island for the extra storage and workspace it provides, ensure that it doesn’t stand between you and an important appliance. Even if you have to go around a single corner of the island, it will slow you down and you will likely even walk into it more than once.

Smaller kitchens mean you take fewer steps in your work triangle. But what if your kitchen is laid out in a way that is not even a triangle? These kitchens have the refrigerator, stove and sink all on one wall. While this is less problematic than an island or another piece of furniture in your way, it’s not optimal. That’s because you’re always walking past one point in your would-be triangle.

Almost as bad is a long, narrow work area with a stove or fridge at one end. The only thing this is good for is getting in your 10,000 steps on your Fitbit.

Kitchen Renovations with Choice Triangles

The designers at Box Construction can show you how we can remodel your kitchen so your work triangle works for you.

If you have your heart set on a kitchen island, it might work to locate your sink or stove there, making the triangle smaller and easier to navigate. The closer to equilateral your triangle is, the better the layout. A right triangle or acute triangle might be adequate, but you want to avoid isosceles or obtuse triangles.

You can find some complicated rules about how long or short each side of the triangle should be or how many feet the sides should add up to, but kitchen remodeling isn’t a mystical formula. You want what works best for you, because you’re the one who will be cooking in it.

Box Construction Is the No. 1 Choice for Kitchen Remodeling

When you’re choosing a kitchen remodeling contractor, choose one with experience who can advise you about work triangles and other crucial aspects of renovating this important room in your home. At Box Construction, we have done hundreds of kitchen remodeling projects in Murrieta and the surrounding area. We have seen others’ mistakes and we know what works and what doesn’t. That’s the kind of expertise you want on your side when you’re planning a kitchen remodel.

For more information or to set up a free consultation, contact Box Construction today.