What are most home buyers keen to check out first when buying a home? It is of course, the kitchen. Buyers aren’t simply looking at aesthetics, they want to ensure the kitchen layout works efficiently. This leads us to the term ‘Kitchen Work Triangle’.

What is Kitchen Work Triangle?

According to, “the kitchen work triangle is probably the most researched and applied ergonomic principle around. It is the centerpiece of most kitchen layouts. The goals of a good kitchen work triangle are to place the three most common work sites the most efficient distance apart and to minimize traffic through the work zone.”

As you can see in the picture, there are three main sites: the Refrigerator site, Sink site and Stove site, which are all connected to form a triangle.

Kitchen Work Triangle Guidelines gave some guidelines to follow in creating this efficient work space. “As a general guideline, the distance between these areas should be no less than 4 feet and no larger than 9 feet. The sum of all three sides of the triangle should be between 13 feet and 26 feet. If the distance is too small, it can make a kitchen feel cramped and blocked. If it’s too large, it makes cooking a hassle.”

It’s Time to Check Your Kitchen

Answer the following questions to see if your kitchen is efficient enough to attract home buyers:

  • Is the sum of all three side of the triangle (sink, stove, refrigerator sites) between 13 & 26 feet?
  • Is it clutter-free and ready to be presented to home buyers?
  • Is it efficient and functional that makes home buyers interested in buying your home?


If your answer is ‘no’ to all the questions, then it’s about time to do some adjustments and redesigning.