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The Classic Kitchen Triangle

Kitchen-Planning Rule of Thumb


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Kitchen Triangles Have Maximum Spacing Between Each Point

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When renovating a kitchen, keep in mind the classic kitchen triangle.

The classic kitchen triangle regulates work flow. In planning a kitchen, the cook should be able to move unimpeded between the three points, and the distances between those points should not be far.

Points of the Triangle:

  1. Sink: Primary sink usually located on the perimeter of the kitchen, though sometimes it may be located on a kitchen island. Supplementary sinks are not included in the triangle.
  2. Stove/Oven: The assumption is that this is a combined stove/oven, or if separate, the two are located within 2-3 feet of each other. You can fudge it a bit with a wall oven located out of the triangle, since baking tends not to be a frequent kitchen activity. If you do happen to be an avid baker, then make certain that the wall oven is part of the triangle.
  3. Refrigerator:

Space Considerations:

Triangulation won't ensure a smooth-flowing kitchen all by itself; you also need to consider spacing of the triangle.

When you add up the three legs of the triangle, they should not total more than 26 feet, with no leg more than 9 feet and no leg less than 4 feet long.

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