The Kitchen Triangle

In this blog entry we’re going back to the basics. While the word “triangle” might conjure any number of images — the pyramids, the Bermuda Triangle, The Toblerone Controversy, a slice or three of Fresh Slice’s Butter Chicken Feast pizza (no? just me?) — here I’m using it to refer to a handy and economical system of Appliance Organization. The three points of the kitchen triangle are traditionally the range, the sink, and the fridge, organized in a way that makes the most of available space and provides unimpeded access to your appliances for each part of the food prep, cooking, and cleaning process. The kitchen triangle can be utilized in all standard kitchen designs, including:

The Island Kitchen

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Sometimes the island can be an obstacle. By utilizing the kitchen triangle method you can instead incorporate it into your cooking routine. As shown above, putting the sink in the island allows for a secluded area to do clean up and keeps all the dirty dishes in one place, away from the areas you need for food prep and storage. Also, now you don’t have to traverse the whole kitchen to strain your Kraft Dinner.

The Galley Kitchen


The galley kitchen (named after the tight cooking space that sailors have to make due with) makes efficient use of limited space. Though you run the risk of spinning around like a figure skater once you get going, the galley kitchen triangle puts everything within reach without making you feel crowded or hemmed in. The double sided design and walk way allows access to all points of the triangle, whether you’re in there for the long haul or just passing through.

The U-shaped/Horseshoe Kitchen

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You’re very lucky (haha get it) if you have this type of kitchen. As in the kitchen above, there’s room for all the pertinent appliances, and they’re all situated in a way that provides complete, unimpeded access. It’s like being enveloped in a large, appliance-filled hug.

The Peninsula Kitchen

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The peninsula kitchen is an off-shoot of the U-shaped kitchen, in which the island is part of the U, and it’s not technically an island but is in fact a peninsula. All geography aside, the peninsula allows for an open area for bar seating and provides comfort and space for serving and eating all that delicious food you’ve prepared. You can also place one of your appliances on the peninsula (though probably not the fridge…) and free up more space for storage in the remaining L-shaped portion.

The One Wall Kitchen


…yeah, you’re right. The triangle doesn’t work with only one wall. But hey, if all your appliances are on one wall you’re already utilizing your space for the best way. Yay!


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