Remodeling a kitchen often goes beyond simply updating you appliances, cabinets and countertops. Instead, it is a practice that gets into the essence and core of the kitchen. What does this mean? It means before you start on any kitchen remodel, it is important to look at the design. Though there are many designs out there, here are some of the most popular and functional:
1 – One-Wall Layout
A one-wall kitchen layout is a very simple design, and it will work well in both a very small or very large kitchen. In this layout, all features of the kitchen are placed against one wall. This includes the stove, refrigerator, countertop, cabinets and more. The advantages of this layout include an unimpeded flow of traffic, allows for openness of the space without barriers, it is easy and simple to design, and it clusters all of the services, such as electrical, water and drainage, in one, easy to access space. One of the disadvantages of this layout is limited countertop space, and those with this layout cannot take advantage of the classic kitchen triangle.
2 – Corridor or Galley-Style Layout
When space is limited, a corridor or galley-style layout is often the only design possible. With this design, two walls face each other and along this wall are all the kitchen services. These are advantages to this design such as counters on both sides, and it is functional because you can utilize the classic kitchen triangle. It also gives more space for cabinets and countertops. However, there is a consideration for those who consider a corridor layout: it can be difficult for more than one person to work in the workspace due to a narrow aisle.
3 – The L-shaped Layout
The most popular kitchen design layout is the L-shaped layout. This is the standard that most kitchen cabinet manufacturers utilize, and many design firms use this design when pricing a kitchen. In the L-shaped layout, two of the four kitchen walls have countertops and kitchen services, but the other two walls of the room are open. The main advantage of this layout is the best use of the kitchen triangle, and you will also get more countertop space to work with. Additionally, you will find that this is a great layout for those who also want to add an island to their kitchen. There are two main considerations for those choosing this layout, however. First, it can be a long walk from one service to another, i.e. from the range to the refrigerator. Secondly, blind corners can be an issue.
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4 – L-shaped Layout With An Island
If you like an L-shaped layout and choose to add an island, you can technically have two workstations in one kitchen. In this layout, it is identical to the typical L-shaped kitchen, but instead of an empty island that is used for storage or countertop space, these islands have an extra sink, cooktop or possibly both. The big advantage of this layout is the extra countertop space that the layout provides. This makes it possible to work in this kitchen without restrictions. The only consideration you may want to think about with this layout is that you need ample floor space to accommodate it.
5 – U-Shaped Kitchen Layout
A U-shaped kitchen layout is also common, and you can think of this plan as similar to a corridor shape, but one end has an extra countertop or houses services, and the other end is fully open. The main advantage of the U-shaped kitchen layout is that it helps to maintain a good workflow in the area, and it allows for the classic kitchen triangle design. The other benefit of this layout is that the closed end offers more space for extra cabinets and countertop space. The one disadvantage of this design is that you need more space to create this type of layout. Additionally, it can be difficult to add a kitchen island in this space, as you need a minimum aisle space of about 42 inches.
Choosing the Right Layout for Your Kitchen
Now that you have had a chance to become familiar with the most common kitchen layout designs, you must make a decision on which layout will work best for your home and your cooking habits. The best way to do this is to work closely with a kitchen designer. They can tell you which design may be best for you based on several factors. They also may be able to design a layout by taking aspects of one or more of these layouts and designing a layout that is unique to your home. Alternatively, you may choose to leave your layout as it is, and simply update the kitchen by installing new appliances, cabinets and countertops.