When redesigning your kitchen, one of the first things to consider is the layout. The kitchen's layout is determined by the arrangement of the countertop, major appliances and storage areas. The goal is to design an arrangement that fits your space requirements and is a highly functional, efficient, and physically comfortable. Today, kitchens are generally found in five basic layouts. Although variations and deviations do exist, most kitchens will fall into one of these models.
TIP: It may seem that finding good quality and appropriate cabinets, appliances, countertops, and decorations are most important for your kitchen. However, finding the right configuration for these items in your kitchen is most critical for designing a functional kitchen.
This layout is the most popular design and is appropriate for any size kitchen. The L-Shaped kitchen consists of workspaces on two adjoining walls running perpendicular to each other. Because no traffic lanes flow through the work area, this layout functions well for two cooks working at the same time. If space allows, it is possible to incorporate a center island that can double as a work space or eating area.
This kitchen is the most versatile layout for both large and small kitchens. The U-Shape design surrounds the cook on all sides and allows for ample countertop space and storage, while creating an efficient work triangle. This arrangement is also a good choice if a separation is desired between the cooking space and the dining space.
This kitchen layout is a variation of the U-Shape with the addition of a peninsula or a partial fourth wall. This design is becoming very popular because the fourth wall can be used for extra countertop and storage space. This shape is well suited to a large, open kitchen area because the fourth wall removes walking space and favors an enclosed atmosphere. By adding a second sink, cooktop or range, this layout can easily accommodate two work triangles, allowing two cooks total independence.
Single Wall Kitchen
This layout is ideal for smaller homes. Here the sink is placed between the range and the refrigerator for added efficiency. When using this layout, the refrigerator should be positioned so the door opens away from the kitchen sink to remove the possibility of a disturbance in workflow.
Galley (Corridor) Kitchen
This kitchen layout is the most efficient layout for a narrow space. The galley kitchen consists of workspaces on two opposing walls with a single traffic lane between. Placing the range or cooktop on one side of the kitchen and the refrigerator and sink on the opposite wall allows for easy workflow. This design can be used so the kitchen opens to the rest of the house on one or both ends. The ideal width for a galley kitchen is 7 to 12 feet and works particularly well in a rectangular space.
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