Choosing your kitchen layout is a key factor in the kitchen design process. What makes a kitchen liveable has little to do with aesthetics, and everything to do with functionality. A well designed layout will maximise movement and minimise the need to reach or stoop.
It’s the layout that will determine how the whole traffic flow will work in the kitchen. The layout also dictates how you cook and where the placement of appliances, counters, cabinets and doors will go. Also, getting your kitchen measurements correct are an important factor.
With so many options to choose from it can get confusing especially if you don’t know what there is available.
So here are the 4 most common kitchen layouts:
One wall kitchen works best for a small home – designed for one cook only. This layout is the ultimate space saver as it keeps all appliances, cooking utensils and ingredients within easy reach on one fixed wall.
The downfall is counter space is limited as the sink; range and refrigerator still take up a fair amount of room. This makes it difficult for food prep and also a challenge if you have to fit two cooks in the space.
Nowadays when this layout is designed into a new home an island is included which transforms into a gallery style layout.
This style is typically featured in loft style homes or long narrow houses.
The U shape or ‘Horse shoe’ layout is similar to the one wall kitchen layout as is ideal for one primary cook. The layout consists of three walls of cabinets and appliances.
More recently the design has evolved so the third wall is now an island. This allows for better traffic flow around the island and creates room for more counter space. Perfect if you have to fit in an extra cook.
The main con of this layout is it doesn’t offer a kitchen table and chairs.
L-shaped kitchens are a very popular choice especially in open-plan living space.
This layout works on two perpendicular walls forming an L. It’s a smart design for small and medium sized kitchens as it makes use of corner space and also eliminates traffic.
This layout can range in size from small to big depending on the length of the legs. Great for entertaining as it can hold multiple cooks and has room for people to mingle.
A disadvantage with this layout is the cook is forced to face away from all the action
The G-shaped kitchen layout is a spruced up version of the U-shaped layout.
Suited best for people who want to maximise their kitchen space where possible but don’t have room required for an island.
A ‘G’ shape is formed by adding a fourth leg to one side of the U at a right or obtuse angle making it sort of a peninsula.
If you decide to add this peninsula to your U-shaped kitchen make sure it is not too long that getting in and out of the kitchen becomes difficult.
A Kitchen Island is incredibly functional as it can include storage, an extra surface for kitchen prep and provide a place to sit and eat.
Be wary though, you have to have the clearance and room to fit a Kitchen Island in your space so make sure you contact a professional for advice.