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Kitchen Layout Ideas

Blending Beauty and Function

When it comes to creating a new kitchen design, let your lifestyle and your home's current configuration influence the shape of your new cabinetry layout. Are you an aspiring cook? Do you like to entertain? Is counter space a premium? These are just some of the considerations that will determine which kitchen layout design is right for you.

The Role of Work Zones in Kitchen Design

Kitchens have four basic work zones: food preparation, cooking, cleaning and storage. Before deciding on a kitchen layout, consider how you want these work zones to function together in your new space. In addition to work zones, you will also want to consider how you will use your new kitchen. For example, after your kitchen remodel do you plan on using it as a dining space for family dinner, entertaining space for gatherings, a workspace for homework, or all of the above?

Work Triangle Theory

Kitchen Renovation Ideas - The Kitchen Work Triangle

If efficiency could have an ideal shape, it would be a kitchen design featuring what is known as a work "triangle." It consists of an imaginary line drawn between the kitchen's primary work areas and appliances: food storage (the refrigerator), food preparation (the stove) and cleanup (the sink). For maximum efficiency, the sum total of the triangle should be 26 linear feet, with the sink being the center point.

Kitchen Layouts

Here are some of the most popular kitchen layouts to consider when planning your kitchen remodel design.

U-shaped Kitchen Layout

White Kitchen Cabinets in U-shape Kitchen Layout

A popular choice because of its efficiency, the U-shaped kitchen offers generous counter space and work areas that are close together. It can however, make the cook feel apart from a group when entertaining, as most tasks will be done while facing one of the three walls. To open the space up more, you could add a half wall or use only two walls with a peninsula island making up the third side.

L-shaped Kitchen Layout

L-shaped kitchen cabinet layout design

This kitchen layout offers flexibility for both large and small homes. It makes use of only two kitchen walls, providing an open sensibility. The L-shape minimizes traffic through the kitchen and, typically, features larger expanses of countertops, allowing ease of preparation at mealtime.

L-shaped with a Kitchen Island

L-shaped kitchen layout with a kitchen island

With the addition of an island, an L-shaped kitchen design offers the added flexibility of providing a space where the cook can interact with others while prepping food, cooking, serving or cleaning up.

G-shaped Kitchen Layout

G shaped kitchen layout idea

Featuring a modified "U" shape, the G-shaped kitchen design is very efficient. However, unless one or more of the walls are designed as half or "pony" walls, this kitchen shape can feel confining for today's cook.

Single Wall Kitchen Layout

White kitchen cabinets in single wall kitchen layout

With layout positions for all of the appliances on a single wall, this kitchen design would typically be found in a studio apartment or other very small space.

Galley Kitchen Layout

Galley kitchen layout - Kitchen design

Open on both ends, the galley kitchen design requires a minimum corridor width of 48" so the cook can easily maneuver during meal preparation. Kitchen appliances are typically laid out near one another, which can be convenient, but due to the corridor shape of the kitchen, all of the household traffic will pass though the space.