Typically, the ideal layout centers around a work triangle of these three elements, with four to nine feet between each. But this is not a hard-and-fast rule, especially with today’s bigger, more open kitchens. “What’s more helpful is to set up distinct areas for frequent activities, like making coffee, prepping dinner, and entertaining,” says Mary Kathryn Reese, a kitchen-remodeling pro in Dallas.
Think in zones. Storing items where you use them (baking sheets by the oven, glasses near the refrigerator) saves you time and quickens cleanups.