Many kitchen layouts are based upon the work triangle, referring to the configuration of range or countertop, refrigerator, and sink. If you decide, when building or renovating a kitchen, to create such a triangle, make sure that the total of all three legs measures no more than 26 feet, with each leg measuring between four and nine feet (measure from the center-front of each surface). Also, avoid having any leg of the triangle intersect any other kitchen area, such as an island, by more than 12 inches. This arrangement ensures easy, comfortable access and saves steps when preparing, cooking, and serving meals.
The Kitchen Triangle
The Martha Stewart Show, May 2007