Updated: Mar 25, 2021
While there are many factors to consider when remodeling your kitchen, one of the first things you'll do is work with your designer to discuss how you plan to use your kitchen and choose the layout.
Take into consideration the size of your family, how many cooks are usually in the kitchen, whether you often entertain guests, and if you need extra counter space for work/homework. The size available for the kitchen will be a huge determinant in the layout you choose, but many layouts are versatile in regards to the size. Keep reading to explore three of the most popular kitchen layouts.
This layout is very efficient and versatile as it's perfect in any large or small space.
Notice how the sink, stove, and refrigerator create a triangle shape allowing for ample counter space between the major appliances. The flow creates maximum efficiency for the chef and anyone else preparing a meal.
If possible, consider incorporating a kitchen island that doubles as a sink and seating area. Islands are a great way to add seating, beverage centers, storage, cabinetry, and extra prep/ serving space.
If an island isn't feasible in your kitchen, use the short leg of the u-shape to add bar seating. This u-shaped kitchen incorporates seating, ample storage space, a beverage center, and all of the major appliances while maintaining an open layout to the living room. The options are endless with this layout!
Galley or Corridor Layout
The Galley kitchen is a good option if you're working with a small area and need to maximize efficiency.
The kitchen consists of two parallel walls with base and wall cabinets, however, you can get creative with how you use your wall space. The refrigerator, sink, and stove are all within proximity making the kitchen great for preparing meals.
Galley kitchens aren't usually the preferred layout for most homeowners, but sometimes it's the only layout that space will permit. If a Galley kitchen is your only layout option then talk to your designer about how you can tailor it to your specific needs and preferences. Get creative!
The L-Shape Layout
With its versatility and functionality, the L-Shape layout is one of the most popular choices for kitchens.
This layout is super adaptable to all kitchen sizes and maintains the triangle workflow between stove, sink, and refrigerator to ensure efficient cooking and cleaning. Often times an island is added between the two legs of cabinets for additional preparation space and can house the sink or range.
The open kitchen plan allows for a smooth transition to the living or dining room as no additional wall is needed to separate the spaces.
Pro tip: with the #LShape layout, there will be a corner of deep base cabinets where it is often difficult to retrieve stored items. Talk with your designer about installing a lazy susan to easily retrieve items in deep cabinets.
The L-Shaped, U-Shaped, and Galley layout are the most common in all kitchens, but of course, you can customize each to your preference. Do some research and talk with your designer to figure out the perfect layout for your new #kitchen!