The kitchen layout is the foundation of every kitchen design. If you choose the perfect layout then everything else will fall into place. Get it wrong, and the best kitchen cabinet, countertop, and tile selections will not achieve your design goals. Do your own research on the different types of kitchen layouts, and work with an experienced kitchen design professional to determine which one is right for you. Two of the most common and popular kitchen layout styles are U-shaped and L-shaped, as they suit a wide range of kitchen styles. Read on to see which of these layouts would best fit your lifestyle and space.
Types of Kitchen
Single wall layout kitchen
A single wall kitchen layout exhibits all the cabinets and the appliances are placed on one wall of the home for maximum utilization of space. It is very efficient due to the countertop’s proximity to appliances and the sink. Less expensive than other layouts because it is smaller. Lends itself well to do-it-yourself building. Lower value than other kitchen layouts
Dimension – 8 ft. and above
- Space saving design
- Great for small kitchens
- Fits in narrow spaces
- Looks sleeks and chic
- Provides clever storage
- Seamless workflow
- Lower Perceived Value
- Lower Resale Value
- Fewer Countertops
- Design Decisions.
L-Shaped Kitchen Floor Plan
An L shaped kitchen is the most common layouts for kitchens. The space requirement decreases and it offers more flexibility in the location of workstations. It works well when the kitchen is adjacent to a casual space. The L-shaped layout fits many homes perfectly, and is a very efficient way to lay out your kitchen. Many L-shaped kitchen cabinet designs also incorporate an island or peninsula, helping you maximize your counter and storage space
Dimension - 5” x 5” ft. and above
- Great open - floor space
- Separates various areas in the kitchen
- Clever usage of corner storage space
- Provides a perfect work triangle
- Minimizes the traffic flow and increases productivity
- Great for smaller spaces
Island Kitchen Floor Plan
Islands incorporates best with L-shaped kitchens due to open floor plan. It can increase the functionality of the kitchen by equipping the island with a cook top or sink. Almost all kitchen islands incorporate seating – even the smallest space can usually accommodate an overhang of worktop and a set of bar stools. Alternatively, you could pick a long kitchen island with integrated low-level, table-style seating at one end
Dimensions – 2 ft. and above
- More amenities
- Extra storage space
- Seating arrangements can be made with bar stools
- Disruption in room flow if the island interrupts the work triangle.
- Appliance placement problems because the island can be hard to vent and requires special wiring and plumbing.
- Budget problems if the island is too large or if the finishes are too costly.
- Space constrictions in tight kitchens
U-Shaped Kitchen Floor Plan
A U-shaped kitchen allows to take care of business while still being a part of the action in the adjacent room. U-shaped kitchens are great for serious cooks because there is a lot of open counter space, which comes in handy when baking or preparing a big meal. Facing the opening of the U onto another room enlarges your design by creating an open plan design that incorporates an adjacent dining or living area. U-shaped kitchens also provide a lot of storage, due to the cabinet potential on all the walls. This kitchen layout allows you to create an efficient work triangle with the stove, refrigerator and sink on different walls and an island in the center of the space. It is also very conducive to setting up efficient kitchen work zones with distinct areas for food preparation, clean up, entertaining, or even a separate baking area, particularly in a large U-shaped kitchen design.
Dimensions – 8 x 8 x 8 ft. and above
- Bench Space
- Spacious Counter top
- Easy workflow space
- Incorporating a kitchen island keeps cooking social.
- Plenty of storage space
Galley Kitchen Floor Plan
A galley kitchen features cabinetry and appliances on two sides with a corridor running down the middle. The key to not closing in a galley kitchen floor plan is to try to consolidate counter space near the most-used appliances. To create storage space, consider a pullout tower pantry, a pantry cabinet, or a full pantry in the space adjacent to the galley.
Dimensions – 10 ft. and above
- The most efficient and functional style of kitchen layout
- Set up is easy-to-access.
- Ideal for small apartments or houses
- More space for movement
- No corner base cabinets in this kitchen
- Maintenance can done easily as not spread out.
- Galley Kitchens tend to be Narrow
- A Galley Kitchen can be Difficult for Multiple People
- Galley Kitchens Provide Limited Storage
P-Shaped Kitchen Floor Plan
The P-shaped layout stems out from an L-shaped or U-shaped plan, extending one stretch of countertop into the room to form a peninsula. The peninsula is related to the island kitchen and incorporates a kitchen counter that juts out from a wall or cabinetry. Different than a freestanding island, kitchen peninsulas offer three sides of workspace, with one end attached to a wall or counter space, often forming an 'L shape.'
Dimensions – 5 ft. and above
- Extra cabinets
- Extra workspace – it can be divided for cooking space as well as a prep area
- Breakfast counter can be added to transform the kitchen into multi-functional room
- Can be easily incorporated with contemporary as well as with traditional kitchen
- The open design connects the kitchen to the adjacent dining area.
- Overstuffed Kitchen
- Complicated Layout: Needs Deep Thought
- Corner Constrain Increases
- IN & OUT Complications
- Too Much Space Believe it or not