THE WORK
TRIANGLE
Creating an efficient work triangle in your kitchen can cut down on excess movement by centering your work space. The three points of the work triangle are the sink, refrigerator and stove. Why waste time running around the kitchen, when you could be playing with your kids or taking some quality time for yourself?
Rules of thumb for the basic work triangle are as follows:
•  No one side of the triangle should be greater than 9 feet or less than 4 feet.
The triangle should not be interrupted by traffic or cabinetry.
The perimeter of the triangle should measure no more than 26 feet and no less than 12 feet.
Galley Kitchen Cabinets
Galley
Galley designs are incredibly efficient because you can move around the entire kitchen in just a few steps. Countertop and storage space can be limited, however.
Peninsula Kitchen Cabinets
Peninsula
A peninsula offers an open design that incorporates the kitchen and dining room. Its layout brings the whole family together by creating an extra common space.
L-Shaped Kitchen Cabinets
L-Shaped
The L-shaped kitchen is one of the most popular. Its work triangle is uninterrupted by traffic and there is ample room for appliances. Also, by lengthening the leg of the “L”, you can create even more storage and counter space.
U-Shaped Kitchen Cabinets
U-Shaped
U-shaped kitchens surround you on three sides with storage, countertops and appliances. This saves a lot of steps. If the “U” is big enough, you can add an island work station in the middle.