When it comes to designing a new kitchen, choosing the right layout is key. The layout of your kitchen will impact how you move around the space, how you use your appliances, and how much storage you have. Obviously, your kitchen layout might be limited by the space you have available. But, if you’re fortunate enough to have the choice, you can consider your needs, and your traffic flow when deciding which kitchen layout is right for you. Read on to discover the three common kitchen layouts and the pros and cons of each.
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A U-Shaped kitchen, features three walls of cabinetry and countertops in the shape of a U. This layout is ideal for larger kitchens and can provide ample storage and countertop space. It lends itself well to creating the work triangle for cooking and can accommodate an island or peninsula for additional seating or prep space. In order for a U-Shaped Kitchen to look good, the space needs to be big, and it’s important to keep this area well let so stays bright and does not feel enclosed.
L-Shaped kitchens feature two walls of cabinetry and countertops that meet at a right angle. This layout is versatile and can work well in both small and large kitchens. Its open layout allows for an easy traffic flow and the shape means it can also accommodate an island to create a social kitchen. With two walls of cabinets, rather than three in the U-Shaped kitchen, it has more limited storage and countertop space.
A Galley kitchen layout usually contains two parallel walls of cabinetry and countertops. This type of layout is common in smaller kitchens to maximise on cabinetry space and worktop surface. Because everything is located along two walls, it has the advantage of it being easy to move from one task to another. Often with more limited space, these types of kitchens can prove more challenging to entertain guests or have multiple people cooking simultaneously.