Need kitchen layout ideas for your renovation? With a clean slate, you can finally select a kitchen layout that gives you the work flow that makes you happy. Here are the top 6 layouts you can consider for your renovation project.
When thinking of kitchen layout, it’s important to consider the kitchen triangle– the area formed by the 1) sink, 2) stove, and 3) refrigerator. It’s the area that gets the most traffic, so you’ll want to make sure you have unobstructed access in this area.
Your kitchen triangle should be spacious enough so it’s not crowded, but not so far apart that it makes moving around your kitchen tiring. Designers have a rule of thumb that the total distance between all three locations should be no less than 10ft and no greater than 25ft. This applies to all kitchen sizes and layouts.
The U-shape kitchen, also referred to as the Horseshoe layout, has 3 walls. If you have a large kitchen and need a lot of storage and counter space, this is the layout you want.
You can separate cooking and preparation areas, allowing for multiple cooks in the kitchen. It’s the perfect kitchen for those who love to cook and who value time making meals or baking together with family.
More recent variation of the U-shape kitchen replaces the third wall with an island, giving more traffic to flow around the island.
The L-shape kitchen has 2 walls, and makes great use of corner space. This design is great for small and medium-sized kitchens. A kitchen with an L-shape design opens up space and reduces traffic. You can easily add a dining space or an island in this kitchen layout.
Island kitchens are incredibly functional and have become very popular because of the many build options available. The kitchen island may include appliances and cabinetry. It can be another working surface or serve as a breakfast table. Islands work in one-wall, galley, and L-shape and U-shape kitchens. In large kitchens, an island can serve as the focal point of the room.
The peninsula kitchen connects an island (with no wall) to an L-shape kitchen. It is great if you want an island but cannot afford the space to build it in the middle of the room. With this design you have as much counter space as that of a U-shape kitchen to work on.
With the galley kitchen you have two opposing walls with parallel countertops to work on. This layout makes good use of space, and is great for small spaces as its nautical name suggests. There is usually minimal room to move so it’s great for one-cook kitchens.
The one-wall kitchen is the ultimate space saver. Often found in studios and lofts, you’ll find all cabinets and appliances on one single wall of this kitchen. In modern designs, the one wall maybe seen combined with an island, making it feel similar to a galley kitchen but with more open space.
The examples above give you an idea of the different layouts you can opt for. If you need help with your renovation, get in touch with our remodelling experts!