5 Basic Design Layouts For Your Kitchen
Often, remodeling a kitchen is not so much updating appliances, countertops, and cabinets as it is getting to the very core and essence of the kitchen. This means rethinking the plan and flow of the kitchen. Let s look at the five most basic, tried-and-true kitchen design layouts.
One-Wall Kitchen Layout
A truly schizophrenic kitchen layout, the one-wall design works equally well for both very small kitchens and for extremely big spaces.
Everything on one wall and nowhere else. On this wall is the fridge, stove, sink, countertop, base and wall cabinets, and sometimes a pantry cabinet.
Unimpeded traffic flow.
Allows for maximum openness for kitchen spaces: no barriers.
Simple and easy to design.
Clusters all of the services (water, electrical, drainage) in one place.
Corridor or Galley-Style Kitchen Layout
When space is narrow and limited (such as in condos, small homes, and apartments), the corridor or galley-style layout is often the only kind of design possible.
Two walls that face each other have all of the kitchen services. A third wall is open to allow access to the area. A fourth wall is just that: a wall.
With counters on both sides, this layout is highly functional because it uses the classic kitchen triangle.
This layout gives a bit more space for counters and cabinets.
- Crowding between the two main workspaces may be a problem because the aisle is narrow. As a result, it s not a good layout when two cooks like to work at the same time.
- The useless fourth wall: because the two sets of counters run straight into that short fourth wall, this wall is rendered useless. It is too small to put anything of use here, and there is conflict with cabinet door swing arcs.
L-Shaped Kitchen Layout
The L-shaped kitchen design plan is the most popular layout. It s also the standard that many kitchen cabinet manufacturers and design firms use when pricing out kitchens (usually the 10 x 10 size).
Two of the four walls have countertops and kitchen services; the other two walls are open.
Increased countertop space.
This layout is best for adding a kitchen island because you have no cabinets constricting placement of the island as you might find with galley or U-shaped kitchens.
- Long walk from end points of the kitchen triangle (i.e., from range to refrigerator).
- Blind corners are a problem. Corner base cabinets and wall cabinets are difficult to reach.
Double-L Design Kitchen Layout
A highly evolved kitchen design layout, this design allows for two workstations.
An L-shaped or one-wall kitchen is augmented by a kitchen island that includes at least a cooktop, sink, or both.
The island area contains tons of countertop space because islands are much wider than room-perimeter counters (usually 24.5 deep).
Two cooks can easily work in this type of kitchen as the workstations are separated.
- Ample floor space is needed to accommodate the island.
U-Shape Kitchen Design Layout
The U-shape kitchen design plan can be thought of as a corridor-shape plan–except that one end has countertops or kitchen services (another end is left open to allow access).
This arrangement maintains good workflow by means of the classic kitchen triangle.
The closed end provides plenty of space for extra cabinets.
- If you want a kitchen island, it s more difficult to squeeze one in. Good kitchen space planning dictates that you have aisles that are at least 48 wide.