The Kitchen Triangle: Arranging an Efficient Cooking Space

For decades, the kitchen triangle has been a tried and tested way to efficiently arrange household kitchens. The concept was originally designed in the 1940’s as a workspace plan for parents to quickly prepare meals for their growing families. The main idea is to have an imaginary triangle connecting the cooktop, the sink, and the refrigerator—creating a clear path between the three in order to get meal prep and cleanup finished without having to scramble all over the entire kitchen.


According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the trusty work triangle should follow these guidelines:

  1. Each leg of the work triangle should measure between 4-9 feet, while the sum of the triangle’s three sides shouldn’t go over 26 feet.
  2. None of the triangle’s sides should cut through an island or peninsula by more than 12 inches.
  3. You’re free to add waste disposal, prep stations, and other features in the triangle, just as long as there won’t be any major causes of traffic in between like a large trash can or a long counter.



The Cooking Triumvirate 

Good things come in threes. When it comes to meal preparation, your three go-to appliances will be the stove top, the oven, and the exhaust hood. Consider your needs as the homemaker, as well as your family’s needs, budget restrictions, and space restrictions in order to gauge if you’ll be needing to invest in all three. We recommend you invest in a range, which is equipped with both a stovetop and an oven. This cost-efficient option will help you minimize meal preparation time, and maximize the space allotted for one leg of your kitchen triangle.


Maximize Efficiency

Once you have your work triangle laid out, you have the option to hang your pots and pans above the cooktop, place all your cooking utensils and knives in the nearby island’s drawers, and arrange a spice rack near the cooktop to maximize work efficiency. No one knows your kitchen workflow more than you do, so don’t feel the need to limit yourself to these guidelines when it comes to making meal preparation more manageable.


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Outside Forces

We suggest you place your coffee maker, microwave, toaster, and other remaining appliances outside the triangle in order to keep the major tasks in your peripheral vision during meal preparation, and to avoid having to cramp yourself into a limited workspace. Thank us later!


You Do You

We live in modern times and kitchen arrangements need to be altered depending on cuisines, number of users, and other countless reasons. At the end of the day, it’s your kitchen. Feel free to customize what comes in between the three sides of the triangle to however you’ll find it most convenient for your workflow, just keep the guidelines in mind and you’ll be able to serve up your best meals with utmost ease.