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29 May 2020

6 Key Kitchen Layouts

Planning a kitchen remodel but no idea where to start when it comes to choosing your layout? We give you the lowdown on 6 key layouts to help you find yours.

If you’re planning a kitchen remodel deciding on the ideal layout for you is one of the first things to consider. Asking yourself questions like do you want an open or closed concept? Does the standard working triangle suit you or are you looking for more dedicated zones in your kitchen? Do you need lots of storage? Do you plan on entertaining in the kitchen? Below we discuss the six key kitchen layouts to help you find yours.

1. Single Wall Layout

For small kitchens or open plan modern apartments this layout is space efficient although is a bit restricted in terms functionality since the working triangle can’t be achieved and workspace is limited.

The best way to make this kitchen work is to go vertical. Make the most use of the supporting wall that you are working with by taking wall cabinets to the ceiling to maximise storage. While the working triangle isn’t a possibility its best to put the fridge at one end, cooker/oven in the centre and sink on the other end to maximise flow. Downsize appliances if needed. Consider the Scandi way by having your washing machine/dryer in a nook in your bathroom to save space (see this blog post for more tips on small kitchens)

Reach for the sky with tall wall cabinets to maximise storage space (Image via Wrede Stockholm)Reach for the sky with tall wall cabinets to maximise storage space (Image via Wrede Stockholm)
Single Wall Kitchen Chic (Image via Wrede Stockholm)Single Wall Kitchen Chic (Image via Wrede Stockholm)

2. Galley Kitchen Layout

Consisting of cabinets and appliances running along two parallel walls, this layout definitely maximises space without the use of too much special hardware such a hidden corners, etc. It’s suitable for small kitchens and allows you to utilise the working triangle. It can also be a very cost effective option. Galley kitchens work well as closed or open concepts with seating or a garden door at one end.

If you have enough space between cabinets on either wall it’s a great space for an island or seating area if you can fit it.

Ensure you have a wide enough walkway between cabinets on opposite walls so that you don’t have issues knocking into oven doors or cabinet doors etc. on opposite walls. Don’t overcrowd the space with too many wall units, consider using glass doors with internal downlights and ensure you have good lighting to give the space an open and bright feel. Downsize appliances if needed.

A Glorious Galley Kitchen (Image via Architectural Digest)A Glorious Galley Kitchen (Image via Architectural Digest)
Consider central seating if you the space in a galley kitchen (Image via Hemnet)Consider central seating if you the space in a galley kitchen (Image via Hemnet)

3. U-Shaped Kitchen Layout

This is a popular option where space is ample, this layout consists of cabinetry on three adjacent walls (or in an open plan area cabinetry is configured in a U shape). It provides you with plenty of work surface and storage space, the challenge can be to ensure that the work areas are close enough together for the space to remain efficient when faced with a large kitchen area. This layout is ideal for multiple chefs to use the kitchen at the same time and for incorporating “working zones” into the layout.

Avoid using every available inch of wall space for units as this will give the space a very cluttered look. Consider open shelving to help break up rows of cabinetry and glass doors with downlighting in some of the wall cabinets.

This stunning U Shaped Kitchen is a total dream (Image via Amber Interiors)This stunning U Shaped Kitchen is a total dream (Image via Amber Interiors)
Making the most use of your space with this gorgeous grey U shaped kitchen (Image via Hemnet)Making the most use of your space with this gorgeous grey U shaped kitchen (Image via Hemnet)

4. L-Shaped Kitchen Layout

An efficient and practical layout, ideal for small and large rooms and open plan living. The L-shaped kitchen has cabinets along two perpendicular walls. Easy to incorporate the working triangle. Open plan L-shaped kitchens also allow for incorporated seating areas (with an island or without, depending on space). It’s also easier to incorporate “working zones” such as coffee/breakfast stations, etc. and they are ideal for entertaining guests!

Contrasting finishes and colours make this L shaped kitchen all kinds of wonderful (Image via Blakes London)Contrasting finishes and colours make this L shaped kitchen all kinds of wonderful (Image via Blakes London)
Loving the combination of wood, navy and off white in this stunning L shaped kitchen (Image via deVol Kitchens)Loving the combination of wood, navy and off white in this stunning L shaped kitchen (Image via deVol Kitchens)

5. The Island Kitchen Layout

A popular choice in open plan living spaces, the island kitchen adds an extra dimension to the kitchen. It offers additional work space (whether that is food prep or cooking area), it’s a great space for entertaining and being social, having friends or family sitting around, a homework zone while you’re cooking and it offers a lot more storage space. It doesn’t have to be a massive monolithic construction, it could be small, with legs instead of storage, it can be an antique market find that really brings your entire story together. It’s also the ideal area over which to install unique pendant lighting that can serve as task as well as decorative/ambient lighting.

Maximum impact with this stunning little island (Image via Pinterest)Maximum impact with this stunning little island (Image via Pinterest)
Bigger is better with this larger than life island allowing for ample storage, ample prep area and ample entertaining (Image via Blakes London)Bigger is better with this larger than life island allowing for ample storage, ample prep area and ample entertaining (Image via Blakes London)

6. The Peninsula Kitchen Layout

The final type of kitchen is the peninsula kitchen, this is a type of island kitchen the only difference is that the island is “connected” either to the wall or cabinets. This is a great way to add some additional storage and work space vs. an island kitchen but it can lead to traffic jams as there isn’t as much flow around the space. It can also be a less efficient option for larger kitchens but works well for smaller spaces. It also offers a great space for entertaining/seating.

Loving this peninsula island incorporating a gorgeous scullery/wine cellar (Image via Blakes London)Loving this peninsula island incorporating a gorgeous scullery/wine cellar (Image via Blakes London)
This peninsula kitchen has it all: ample seating and cooking area to host all of our friends and family! (Image via Amber Interiors)This peninsula kitchen has it all: ample seating and cooking area to host all of our friends and family! (Image via Amber Interiors)

There you have it, 6 key layouts in a nutshell. If you have any questions or need any assistance with your design plans please send us an email, we are always happy to help! If you’re keen to get started right away why not give our brand new FREE Kitchen Planner a try? And if that’s one step too far for you, have you downloaded our FREE Kitchen Design eBook? We have created it to help you design your #dreamkitchen, click the link above to get started today!

(Cover Image via Amber Interiors)

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