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Work Triangle

Work Triangle Basics

As you prepare food, you naturally move between three places where you do three different tasks: cleanup, cooking, and food storage—your sink, cooktop and refrigerator, respectively. Imagine a triangle that connects them. This is your work triangle, and it’s the heart of your kitchen design. Ideally, each side should be at least 4 feet long, but less than 9 feet long. Of course, you’ll also need a place for food preparation like cutting, and the most efficient place for that is within your work triangle. It could be a countertop on an island, or between the cooking and food storage zones.

To view more information on the different task zones, mouse over the corresponding hotspots hotspot.png.

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Cleanup

Cleanup

Your sink and dishwasher are here.

Cooking

Cooking

Your cooktop and oven are here.

Food Storage

Food Storage

Your refrigerator is here. Its door should be able to swing wide open.

Preparation

Preparation

This is where you cut or prepare food.