Next time you re-model your kitchen, spend a few minutes thinking about the layout you choose. There are five basic kitchen layouts, each one offering a unique take on the “work triangle” – the position of the stove, sink and refrigerator. Which layout will best suit your needs depends on your personal cooking habits, and the shape of your kitchen.
L Shaped Kitchens
L-shaped kitchens offer limited storage space, but leave plenty of floor space open, so you have the option of putting a dining table or a small “office” area in one corner. L-shaped kitchens are perfect for people who like to socialize while they are cooking. If you have enough space to add an island to the layout, you can place the sink or a cook-top on that island, allowing you to talk to your guests while preparing your meal.
G Shaped Kitchens
The G-shaped kitchen is a good choice for open-plan homes, and offers a lot of extra counter space and storage space than other layouts. The main downside of this layout is that open floor space is sacrificed, so you may find that opening a cabinet, or your fridge, blocks access to other parts of the kitchen temporarily. It may be difficult for multiple people to work in this kitchen at once.
The galley is so called because it mirrors the layout of the kitchen in a ship. Galleys have a long, narrow walkway running down the middle, with counters and cabinets on either side. The galley kitchen makes incredibly efficient use of limited floor space, making it ideal for small apartments and older bungalows.
U Shaped Kitchens
U-shaped kitchens are another good choice for smaller homes, although modified U-shaped layouts with an island in the middle are becoming popular for multi-chef kitchens. If you are considering adding an island to the room, make sure you have at least four feet of space around the island, to ensure you can navigate the room safely.
Single Wall Kitchens
Talk about the popular kitchen layouts that most kitchens have. You can talk a bit about what is good/bad about each. Then talk about what should be considered when designing a kitchen and choosing a layout. Many home owners with single wall kitchens feel limited to only using the one wall and don’t consider extending the work top out to create a breakfast bar. If you have the space, this l-shaped approached to the worktops and cabinets, or an island is worth thinking about.
Choosing the Right Layout for You
So, which kitchen layout will best suit your needs? The answer may be obvious. If you have a long, thin kitchen then you are limited to choosing a galley style layout. However, if you have more space to play with, or a more unusually shaped room, you should take a moment to consider your options.
Firstly, think about what you do in the kitchen. The most common jobs are cooking and washing up, but what about entertaining, homework, dining, or laundry? If those jobs are also handled in the kitchen, make sure that your new layout supports those tasks.
Secondly, consider the number of people who are likely to be working in the kitchen at any one time. If cooking is a family affair, you will need to make sure that there’s plenty of space for everyone to navigate the kitchen. You may also want to install an extra sink, or two sets of cook tops, to allow everyone to do their jobs.
Finally, consider your budget. If you’re on a tight budget you may want to try to recycle some of your existing counters, or keep your sinks and appliances in the same place to keep the cost of remodeling to a minimum.
This article was written by Amy from Appliance City. She loves cooking and spending time in the kitchen and believes that a well-designed space is vital to working efficiently and keeping the peace in this busy family area!