The National Kitchen and Bath Association actually defined a work triangle as being an imaginary straight line drawn from the center of the sink, to the center of the cooktop, to the center of the refrigerator and finally back to the sink thus making the triangle. Just take a look at the image above and draw the imaginary lines and you'll see that this kitchen has the triangle layout. And as such they even set some specific guidelines to give a guide as to where the triangle shouldn't exceed: no more than 26 ft. and it shouldn't cut through a peninsula or island. Overall the distance between the areas should be from 4 ft. to 9 ft. making the total be 13 ft. to 26 ft. When it comes to doing a remodel take time to measure out the work triangle in your kitchen right now and see if you want to add or take away from it to make it fit to your needs/wants. The shape and length doesn't have to be even, it'll differ depending on what you want. Remember there's other types of triangles besides equilateral.
The triangle's purpose is as stated before to maximize efficiency while also minimizing traffic and the feeling of being cramped between the kitchen features. But just because the triangle has it's rules doesn't mean they're always followed. The reason behind this is because of each individual's case when it comes to their kitchen needs and functions. For instance back when this concept was introduced in the 1940s islands weren't even a thing to consider but now they're everywhere and the triangle has evolved to accommodate island space and implement it into the triangle. For example, lots of islands incorporate the sink or even the stove aspect of the triangle making it more efficient. But at the end of the day, it all comes down to what you want done to your kitchen remodel.
Hope you learned something today!
Til Next Time,