L-shaped kitchens – are you wanting one but not sure whether it’s right for your space? After all, there are several different kitchen design layouts you can choose from.
Well, apart from considering the space you have and how you would like to use your kitchen, here are some pros and cons to help with your decision.
What Is An L-Shaped Kitchen?
An L-shaped kitchen is one of the most common and popular designs, and for good reason. It easily fits into an open plan concept, optimises storage and works well in both functional and social aspects.
This kitchen design utilises two adjacent walls with cabinetry running along each to form an L shape. The ‘L shape’ can vary in length depending on the available space in your kitchen.
Quite often, this type of kitchen includes a kitchen island in the middle.
L-shaped kitchens provide a number of advantages and benefits. These are a few:-
Efficient Use Of Space
One of the main reasons homeowners prefer L-shaped kitchens over other configurations is because of its space saving design. Appliances can be spread out to provide multiple work zones. There’s also lots of floor space to walk around in. This is an ideal kitchen design layout for families who love to cook together and entertain guests.
Open Floor Plans
The L-shaped kitchen easily adapts itself to the open floor plan designs with an ‘optional’ kitchen island bench to complement. A kitchen island is often included to provide extra storage, workspace and seating. However, some homeowners prefer to keep high-traffic areas open and uninhibited so forgo the island bench.
Flexible Work Zones
This kitchen design offers the most flexibility with its separated zones (legs/counter tops}. One of the legs can be dedicated to prepping, cooking activities and housing the oven and stove. While the other leg with the sink can be for cleaning up and washing the dishes.
Kitchen Work Triangle
The two wall layout of an L-shaped kitchen permits the ‘kitchen work triangle’ to function as it should. The layout minimises the flow of foot traffic which allows you to move easily between your appliances (sink, fridge and oven/cooktop).
Clever Corner Storage
L-shaped kitchen layouts can have clever corner storage options with swivel carousel or pull out units. Perfect storage solution for a tricky space!
As with anything, there are of course some potential disadvantages to having an L-shaped kitchen:-
Too Spread Out
Although an L-shaped kitchen is suitable for open floor plans, it also has its cons. This kitchen design traditionally has the appliances spread out, which can make it challenging for the kitchen user. However, the placement of appliances and other elements can be customised to suit your needs. Also, adding a kitchen island is a great solution if you have the space.
Clutter And Cleaning
Having extra work and prep space in this kitchen design comes with its downsides of more cleaning and clutter build-up! However, keeping things organised with things like baskets to be used as ‘drop zones’ will help keep the bench tops free from clutter.
Those Tricky Corner Cabinets
As L-shaped kitchens are characterised by the two walls that meet in a corner, there can be difficulties in utilising those ‘hard to reach’ corner cabinets. This area can sometimes be wasted, but these days there are many clever solutions available to give you handy storage options with easy access.
Remodelling Can Be Complicated
If you’re considering remodelling a different kitchen layout design then plan your project carefully. Plumbing reconfiguration will be highly likely and can be a costly exercise.