Kitchen Layout Types to Help With Your Kitchen Remodel
If you are custom building your home or remodeling your kitchen, you have more choices than ever before to configure your design layout. Ideally, you want to have a kitchen layout that best suits you, your family, and your lifestyle.
A functional kitchen optimizes your usable space, making it more convenient to access your primary kitchen tools: your sink, stovetops, and refrigerator/freezer.
When you use an imaginary line to connect these three central points in the kitchen, they commonly form a triangle. This triangle serves as a vital reference point in establishing an efficient kitchen blueprint.
Depending on your lifestyle, cooking habits, and available space, there are six basic types of kitchen layouts from which to choose.
Types Of Kitchen Layouts
A one-wall kitchen, or l shaped kitchen, is stylish and contemporary. Since it uses a minimal amount of space, this style is popular in loft style and studio apartments. In this configuration, the entire kitchen utilizes a single wall, including cabinets, cooktops, sink, refrigerator, and countertops. When designing a single-wall kitchen, it’s essential to allow space between the sink, cooktops, and refrigerator to maximize the space.
An L-Shaped Kitchen is similar to a single-wall kitchen, except it extends on to a second wall. Much as the style suggests, this type of kitchen looks like an “L.” This design is ideal for homes with limited space in the kitchen. Cabinets, appliances, and appliances get placed strategically to provide workable kitchen space. In this configuration, an island can add more prep stations.
A U-Shaped kitchen, often referred to as a ‘horseshoe” kitchen utilizes three walls in the layout. All of these walls get used for cabinets, countertops, appliances, and workspace. This style is ideal for kitchens with ample space and active cooks. It offers an efficient work triangle and has enough space for multiple people to prep meals and socialize. Additionally, it provides adequate counter space to store small appliances, and decor.
A G-Shaped kitchen also referred to as a Peninsula layout, is shaped like a G. A freestanding workspace can get used as either an eating area or a countertop. Unlike an island, this freestanding workspace is accessible from only three sides, not four.
Generally, appliances and workstations get distributed across the layout for an efficient work triangle. If you add seating, the freestanding workspace is easily used as seating to complete work or to enjoy a meal. A peninsula kitchen is ideal for entertaining and for everyday use, such as completing homework.
Generally, Island kitchens are spacious, providing ample storage and workspace for homeowners. Appliances, the sink, and cooktops get configured to offer an ergonomic workspace. In a kitchen island with stove, “island” features a stove for convenience. Other styles might include an extra sink or cooktops. In different designs, this area could be used strictly as counter space.
Regardless of how you decide to use your island, this style of the kitchen provides generous space for preparing and serving meals, as well as socializing! You can use barstools to create instant seating for family, friends, and guests. If you have a relatively large island, this space is great for entertaining and catching up with one another.
A Galley kitchen, also known as a walkthrough kitchen, is a very efficient kitchen layout. This style of kitchen is ideal for homes with somewhat limited space and is suitable for homes with one cook. In this configuration, two walls are parallel to each other and create a path for people and furry friends to walk through.
Cabinets, appliances, and the sink are placed along the wall (or walls.) In some cases, one wall may only provide space for the refrigerator and overhead cabinet, based on home design. Galley kitchens are often used in nautical vessels, as well as in the home. Galley kitchens are popular in smaller homes and apartments that utilize simple design elements.
If you are evaluating kitchen layouts to decide which one is right for your home, you’ll want to choose from the kitchen floor plans that work best in your space. The kitchen styles should provide an efficient workspace triangle, so it is easier for you to prepare food, cook, and clean up afterward.
Once you’ve decided which layout works best for your space, the fun begins! You can design your kitchen to meet all of your needs. Since this is a major investment in your home, don’t be afraid to budget a little extra for high-quality countertops, cabinets, and appliances.
By doing so, you’re taking steps to assure that the investment you make in your kitchen looks terrific for a long time to come. Contact Fox Granite today to book your free consultation and estimate.