Understanding the kitchen work triangle
A time-tested approach to planning an efficient kitchen, the work triangle is a golden rule that determines the placement of your cooktop, sink and fridge. The logic is that keeping these three key kitchen components within a couple of steps of each other, and without any major obstacles, will make your space easier to use. The rule has been used for decades, and for many kitchen layouts is still the most efficient approach to appliance placement. Smaller spaces and fuss-free kitchens have the most to gain from the work triangle.
Exceptions to the rule
There is of course an exception to every rule, and everyone uses their kitchen differently. “It's such a personal thing,” says interior designer Naomi Nimmo of Nimmo Nielsen Collective. “Sometimes, if you don't stick to the triangle and you put the fridge, your pantry and your oven all along one wall, it frees you up to give you a nice clean run of bench space.”