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Why the golden triangle is important for Kitchen Designing

If you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking about designing or redesigning your kitchen and, chances are, you’ve probably heard of the golden triangle principle as you’ve been doing your research. It’s one of the first things we think about when we start planning kitchen designs for our customers and, no matter how much you are spending on your new kitchen, you need to get this part right.

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What is it?

The golden triangle refers to the three key components in the kitchen – cooker, sink and fridge-freezer – and their relative positioning. It’s a model that’s said to have originated from the University of Illinois School of Architecture in the 1940s and it remains as relevant today as it was back then.

How does it work?

By keeping the three most-used work stations (food storage, preparation and washing) in close enough proximity to each other to facilitate an efficient way of working, but not too close that the areas are crammed into a small area. A good guide is to keep the distance to within two to three steps between working areas. The theory goes that the smaller the triangle, the more efficient the use of space.

Making it right for you

Although the functions of kitchens in this age have evolved from the post-war years, the golden triangle works for 99.9% of kitchens thanks to its simplicity. It helps to consider other uses for your kitchen, such as hobby baking or entertaining, and work out how you can fit these needs around the triangle so that disruption is kept to a minimum.

So while you have your classic layouts (galleys, l-shapes, u-shapes and islands), you also have plumbing and electrical infrastructures to plan into the design. It can be easier to start with the sink, as this is likely to be fixed.

Splitting your kitchen into sub-sections can be easily done by placing the dishwasher next to the sink, the freezer next to the fridge and the microwave by the cooker to reduce the need to dash around to different areas when you are in full work flow.

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 Another aspect you should bear in mind is whether or not the triangle could potentially be disturbed by traffic flow through the kitchen – there’s nothing worse than lots of bodies in a busy, functioning space.


We appreciate that everyone’s spaces and tastes are different so we help our customers find what’s right for them when they come to build their new kitchen with us. At the end of the process, our aim is to make sure that they have everything they need to cook and eat, and that being in the kitchen is a pleasure.


If you would like to speak to us about designing and building a kitchen that is perfect for you and your home, please contact us to arrange a free consultation.

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