4 Things You Should Know About The Kitchen Triangle

Do you ever wonder why your kitchen seems too cramped?

Are you constantly running out of space while preparing meals?

When you are considering a new kitchen and your thinking of more space, why not consider a good layout to suit your kitchen needs.

You might want to consider an old but gold principle when it comes to designing your kitchen, the kitchen triangle.


The kitchen triangle claims that the kitchen must have three legs where the stovetop, the fridge and the sink are located respectively. Thus, forming a triangle. Pretty simple, right? The next question you’ll probably have in mind is, why a triangle?

The triangle makes the three amenities as far away from one another as possible while leaving a space in the middle for you to move around.

To better understand the principle, here are the four things you should know about the kitchen triangle:


#1 It is a decades-old concept

You’ve read it right, the kitchen triangle was introduced long ago, in the late 1940s to be precise. Though some argue that the principle is outdated, modern architects still incorporate the concept to their designs.


#2 It suggests specific measurements

The kitchen triangle points out that the stovetop, the fridge and the sink must form a triangle. It doesn’t limit the layout to a specific triangle though. However, the concept affirms that each leg must be at least 120cm and not more than 275cm away from one another.

This might suggest a need for a large room. Thus, modern architects reinvented the concept to suit today’s lifestyle better. Yes, the kitchen triangle is not dead.


#3 Zoning as Modern Application

One of the most popular adaptations of the kitchen triangle concept is what we call, zoning. In this layout, the triangular set-up is still followed but with a lesser restriction on measurements.

By zoning, one area will be dedicated to a certain activity. For instance, a storage area beside the fridge where all the necessary equipment and ingredients are located will be more efficient and requires lesser space. This means you can still utilise the kitchen triangle concept even in small spaces.


#4 The Core Concept is Efficiency

When the concept was introduced, there was fewer kitchen equipment but relatively larger than today. Therefore, when the stovetop is placed near the fridge or the sink, there will be less room for movement. This is the reason that the three main amenities in the kitchen need to be dispersed.

We find this principle appealing even to the present. As more and more families are turning to their kitchen for bonding, having enough space to move around with your kids will be helpful.



They say that the kitchen is the heart of a home. If this is the case for your kitchen, you might want it to be as inviting to your family as possible. A spacious kitchen makes room for a company and cooking is more fun when the kitchen is shared.


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