How Much Space Do You Leave For Stove? – Chef Beast

The point will come when you need to purchase and install the stove for your kitchen if you’re renovating a house or building one yourself.

The most important thing to consider when installing a freestanding range is making sure your cabinet and stove are properly spaced. There is a consensus that the distance between your cabinets and stove should be about 14 inches apart.

With this arrangement, you should have plenty of space between the cabinets and stove while making your kitchen look beautiful. The gap between the countertop and the stove should be very small, even if the countertop overhangs.

Space for your Stove Getting the Right Fit

The right fit is critical whether you are installing new cabinets, countertops, a stove, or a freestanding range as part of a kitchen renovation.

With the uniform look of everything, you’ll keep everything in the kitchen neat and tidy, and you’ll avoid an eyesore later if you make sure everything is flush and presentable.

The measurements, the placement of appliances, and the techniques you use will differ for different types of kitchens, but keeping your kitchen organized and not cluttered is important. 

Thanks to the fact that stove measurements don’t vary much, these tips should still be useful no matter where you place the stove. In the middle of the kitchen, a stove is one of the first things that people will see. Thus, it is essential that it be installed correctly and presented well.

A stove, or range, that stands alone usually comes with dimensions that are around 30 inches in width. Since the measurements for most stoves on the market are very similar, using this method is helpful when installing a new stove.

Besides the space that must be cleared for your stove, there are plenty of other considerations to make. A great example is the space of the countertop on either side of the stove itself.

Leaving Ample Countertop Space 

There is a good chance that most stoves won’t be placed in the middle of just one set of cabinets, they will often be between two sets. For this reason, it is imperative that the countertop over the cabinets does not have a limited amount of space.

In addition, your stove should not be placed in a corner of the kitchen. In order to work and move around comfortably, there is a need for sufficient space. Essentially, you will be restricting the use of half of your stove when it is right up against a corner wall!

Keep in mind that you need to have 16 inches of space between your stove and the corner to ensure that you aren’t cramped when using the stove if you decide to place it in a corner.

You will be unable to properly cook your meals on your stove if your cooking range is less than this. Whether your stove is in the corner or not, you always want to keep a good expanse of countertop space.

You will probably not be able to make your stove look appealing if your counters are too small on one or both sides of it. There’s more to this than just the visual. Working and cooking can be done comfortably on a side that has space.

The rule of thumb is to leave at least 15 inches of counter space adjacent to the stove (or 18 inches in very large kitchens). In case you require more space, you may expand, however, keep these measurements to the minimum. 

Choosing anything less would result in the kitchen looking awkward and not serving much purpose. In order to accommodate an oven on the other side of your counter, you need the counter space to be at least 20 inches high and wider. 

How Big Should the Gap Be?

How Big Should the Gap Be

The most important thing, in addition to making sure you have enough counter space, is making sure you have a space between your stove and the cabinets that are sandwiching it. This gap should not be too large nor too small. An ideal gap between your cabinets and stove should be around 14 inches in order to create a nice, presentable look. 

  • You will achieve a very clean and flush-looking kitchen by eliminating any distracting protrusions and over-large gaps. There may be an argument that having your cabinetry flush with your stove is more appealing aesthetically, but this is not recommended and can actually ruin the aesthetics of the house.
  • You will not be able to properly vent your stove if you make your cabinets and stove flush with one another. Since a built-in oven is present in most stoves and freestanding ranges, it is crucial to locate your oven and storage cabinets properly. An inadequate distance between cabinets or a stove can also cause damage.
  • The spaces between the stove and cabinets must be made to be an adequate size; if they’re too large, then they will appear out of place, or as if a mistake was made when building the cabinets.
  • Also, if the gap is too big, you’ll need to extend the countertop out further over the edge of the cabinet in order to sit closer to the stove because of the space shortage.
  • By choosing not to increase the overhang of the countertop, homeowners will have to continually clean the large gaps between the stove and cabinets as dust and dirt will accumulate.
  • In both cases, any gap between the stove and cabinets will give the room a rather unattractive and unattractive appearance, and it may also cause damage to the surrounding area or require additional cleanups.
  • Placing the three points of the triangle too close to each other (sink, stove, and refrigerator).

Especially important is that you have enough space between the sink and the stove, so that you do not bump into anything. Among other things, it is common to rinse the vegetables at the sink, chop them, and then move them to the stove to cook. In most kitchens, there is no counter space between the sink and stove, so you have to find a chopping area somewhere else.

There is also a need for some breathing room in the refrigerator. When people are trying to decide what to get, they often open the door and look at the contents for a few moments. When someone is in the middle of preparing a meal, this can cause a distraction. A kitchen that feels crowded will generally have 3 main appliances too close to each other.

Walking directly between stations will be convenient for you. It is going to be inefficient to walk around them for a long time if, for example, the pantry door is swinging out right in front of the stove or an island is jutting into the shortest path between the stove and the sink.

One of the most important things to look at is the direction the refrigerator door swings (some models have doors on either side of the appliance). Having bi-fold doors on the fridge can help you save space and energy in a small kitchen.

Why Clearance Between Your Stove and Other Objects Is Important?

Why Clearance Between Your Stove and Other Objects Is Important

In addition to making your kitchen safer, allowing for adequate space between your stove and the other items mentioned will assist you in preparing your meals with greater ease. Would you mind telling me how much room you will need?

Sink in the kitchen

A space between the sink and the stove is necessary for the kitchen. In the professional field, it’s recommended that you allow for 24 to 30 inches between these two items. Your stovetop will not be splashed with water, and you will have more counter space to prepare food.

Using the Microwave

The next post in this series will be devoted to microwaves in greater detail. It is recommended to have your microwave at least thirteen inches from your stove, depending on the type you have.

Appliances of all Types

At a minimum, you should allow yourself four feet of space between your stove and other appliances. Using the stove and oven at the same time allows others to use other kitchen essentials, such as the dishwasher or microwave. The electrical reason also makes this recommendation. It’s a good idea to avoid running more than one appliance on the same circuit for safety reasons.

Cabinets On The Opposing Wall

For a kitchen to be most effective, there should be at least 48′′ between your stove’s front and the cabinets’ faces on the opposite wall. Having enough space in the kitchen allows you to cook and prepare food freely while others are doing other things.

Size Of A Stove – What Is The Standard?

A stove’s size does not fall within a standard range (no pun intended) but will fall within specific ranges depending on the kind you choose. As we move forward, we’ll discuss the size differences between the various stoves you might consider.

Sizing for Apartments

Living units with a smaller area usually have appliances that are specifically sized to make the most of their space. This is true for stoves, too. 

There is a noticeable difference in size between these and standard freestanding stoves, although they are not much smaller. In height, these small stoves usually stand between 34″ and 44″, in width, 20″ to 24″,” and in depth between 24″ and 26″.

Standard Free-Standing Stove

A freestanding stove is the most common type of stove in a residence. There is no fixture attached to this type of stove nor is it a slide-in like a slide-in unit. Typically, freestanding stoves measure 46 inches to 49 inches high, 30 inches wide, and 24 inches to 28 inches deep.

Slide-In Standard

Stoves with a slide-in design are housed within a dedicated area. The name comes from the fact that they slide into place. The availability of these stoves is less than that of freestanding stoves, but they are still readily available. Most slide-in stoves measure 36 inches to 38 inches tall, 30 inches wide, and 24 inches to 28 inches deep.


Commercial stoves are the largest among this appliance type, usually seen in public spaces such as restaurants and bars. The height and width of commercial stoves range between 35″ and 40″. The width is 36″ to 48″ and the depth is 26″ to 31″. Since the commercial usage of these stoves differs significantly based on the business volume, the sizes of these stoves are much broader.

There is insufficient counter space, especially next to the sink and the oven.

The counter space surrounding a sink should be kept as large as possible – not just on one side.

Stacking pots and dishes this way creates two areas: one to stack them when they’re dirty, and another to put the dish rack on. Having a counter on which to place clean, dried, and ready-to-put-away dishes is one of the biggest benefits of having a two-hole sink that contains the dish rack.

A good kitchen should also have counter space on both sides of the stove, although in a small kitchen that may not be possible. If you’re cooking a heavy roast or turkey, you should at least be able to put it on the counter after it comes out of the oven.

It would help if you considered things such as having multiple people prepare food, sorting groceries after a shopping trip, or having children do homework after school when determining the amount of counter space your household needs.

Tips for Stove Placement

Tips for Stove Placement

In addition to ensuring that your stove matches your kitchen layout properly, there are many other helpful tips and tricks you may wish to keep in mind when making changes to your kitchen design.

Start by placing your stove on a wall that faces the outside of your house when installing one in your kitchen.

  • Having a ventilation system installed outside your house will allow you to expel the gases created by cooking. For those who want their kitchen to have a more stylish and exciting look, installing the stove on an exterior wall will also allow them to install a range hood.
  • The counter space outlined earlier and the cabinet spacing and stove spacing should still be followed in both of these cases. If you have a kitchen sink next to your stove, you might want to consider this as well. There are several reasons why this is not advisable.
  • In the first place, you’ll be blocking valuable counter space if you place the stove right up against your sink. Having ample counter space around the sink is important since you’ll often be doing some work there.
  • A kitchen sink is a place where dishes get stacked, food gets prepared, and cleaning items are placed. Without enough space, all of these items will be placed on and around a kitchen sink.
  • On either side of your sink, you’ll want to leave as much space as possible, as well as enough space for your stove. In a small kitchen, you may not be able to provide a ton of counter space, and your stove may end up being closer to the sink than you would like, but this is still preferable to having no space between them at all.
  • Additionally, since we mentioned earlier about choosing (or being forced) to place your stove in a corner, you will need to remember that if your stove remains in a corner, you will need to install extra tiles to cover the corner of the walls.
  • Since you will need to use tiles on both the side and back walls, it will be quite expensive if you need to cover a large area with a backsplash. To prevent your stove from being placed in a corner, try to avoid it as much as possible.


Our topic this week explains how a stove can be placed next to cabinets without risks because stoves emit relatively little heat through their sides. If your stovetop sits above a cabinet, then you should leave at least 24 inches between it and the bottom of the cabinet.

For safety and functionality reasons, there are recommended spaces between stoves and sinks, microwaves, and large appliances. The right spacing in your kitchen will make it safer and allow you to accomplish your tasks more efficiently.

It is also important to point out that depending on what type of microwave you have, your stove could be as close to it as thirteen inches. You are advised to maintain a minimum distance of at least two feet between units if you have a countertop model.

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