February 19, 2021 11:29 am
Kitchens are viewed as much more than a functional space nowadays, which is why kitchen design and kitchen layouts have become such an investment. Described as an all-encompassing room where you can eat, relax, work and entertain, your kitchen design needs to reflect all of these, as well as your personality and style.
Where do you start with kitchen design? The layout. Once you’ve decided on this, you have laid the foundations for your project. So, here’s a guide to kitchen layouts to help you decide what you want.
Things to Consider for Kitchen Layouts
The Work Triangle
To start with, we had to mention the Work Triangle as this has been around since the 1920’s. It was designed to provide the ultimate efficiency in a residential kitchen, creating a clear path between the food prep area, the cleaning area, and the food storage area. Nothing should intersect these paths and the specific lengths of these paths should be the right measurements, ensuring each element is close enough together but not cramped.
Identifying these different “areas” is incredibly important when it comes to determining your kitchen layout. You need to consider how you want to use your kitchen, what areas are the most significant to you and, ultimately, how you can focus your kitchen layout around them.
The Most Common Kitchen Layouts
The One Wall Kitchen
A layout that is catered towards smaller kitchens, the one wall kitchen is self-explanatory and space efficient. With every cabinet and appliance being up against one wall, the work triangle cannot be achieved, but by spreading each area and appliance out equally, it is near enough the same. The trick with this layout is to work vertically, so utilise the space above and below for storage whilst creating a clean, simple aesthetic.
The Galley Kitchen
Also known as a two wall kitchen, the galley kitchen layout is designed with two rows of cabinets running parallel to each other. Unlike the one wall kitchen, you are able to incorporate the working triangle here, but it is important to have the work areas only along one side to avoid traffic. Best suited for narrow kitchens, it can sometimes feel cramped with this layout, so remember to use light colours to decorate to help it feel more open.
The U-Shaped Kitchen
If you have a large kitchen space and you have multiple household members that would use the kitchen at the same time, the U-shaped kitchen layout is perfect. With cabinets along three adjacent walls, it provides enough space for users to move around without getting in each other’s way. The working triangle thrives in this sort of layout, meaning you can have an efficiently functioning kitchen with multiple workspaces.
The L-Shaped Kitchen
A versatile option that works for both small and large kitchens, an L-shaped kitchen has cabinets along two perpendicular walls which creates sufficient floor space. You could install an island if you have enough space or incorporate a dining room table here, it’s up to you! The working triangle works well with this kitchen layout and, in some ways, the utilisation of a corner creates a cosy atmosphere so people will enjoy spending time here.
The Island Kitchen
Speaking of islands, there is an entire layout dedicated to the kitchen island. Perfect for open plan living, the kitchen island can be used for any kind of kitchen zone and part of the working triangle you desire. Another thing it is great for is socialising so, if you love to host, this could be a great addition to your kitchen. Make sure to speak to an expert before making the final decision so you can ensure it won’t become an obstacle though.
The Peninsula Kitchen
If you don’t have enough space for a kitchen island but love the idea of one, the peninsula kitchen layout is what you are looking for. Also known as a G-shaped kitchen, it basically incorporates a kitchen counter within the design that comes out from a wall or cabinetry. This means there is more kitchen surface available for any of the normal kitchen functions, plus it is an option for dining.
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