As the modern home’s epicenter, the kitchen plays host to all meaningful events from family breakfasts to lavish dining parties. A kitchen floor plan with the appropriate layout and functionality is infinitely preferable to the others. Below are some helpful guidance and design ideas to help you plan the most ideal space for your kitchen and your lifestyle.
Which layout works best for you?
The layout of your kitchen usually will be determined by room design. For most kitchens, there are five common layouts – the G, L, U, single wall, and galley layouts. These are tried and true kitchen layouts that still appeal to the lifestyles of today and create the kitchen work triangle focusing on three kitchen items – the sink, the fridge, and the stove.
THE L-SHAPED KITCHEN
This kitchen layout is seen as a practical option for small and large kitchens, involving a natural work triangle created from continuous counter space and workstations on two adjacent walls. This provides intrinsic privacy for food prep and usually opens up to a nearby spaces, making it more convenient to interact with family members or guests. The L layout is perfect for young families and an excellent choice for entertaining.
THE U-SHAPED KITCHEN
The U-shaped kitchen is a perfect layout for larger kitchens. By being composed of cabinetry and fixtures along three adjacent walls, this layout provides continuous worktop space and loads of storage. The U-shaped kitchen allows for great workflow and multiple users at the same time.
THE G-SHAPED KITCHEN
The G-type (also known as the peninsula) kitchen is similar to the U-shaped kitchen. By surrounding the cook on all 3 sides, the kitchen becomes more welcoming, provides extra workspace, and increases storage options around. The G-shaped kitchen works best in medium to large spaces. On the downside: it limits access to the main kitchen area, leading to IN & OUT complications.
THE SINGLE-WALL (OR STRAIGHT KITCHEN)
A single-wall kitchen keeps all the cabinets, appliances, and counter spaces lined up against one linear wall to conserve floor space and reduce construction costs. This basic style is commonly used in smaller homes, apartments, and lofts, and spatially effective without giving up on functionality.
THE GALLEY KITCHEN (OR CORRIDOR KITCHEN)
With more length than width, the galley kitchen consists of two rows of cabinets facing each other, forming an inner passage or galley in between. Corridor kitchens are economical on space, but if not properly designed, can be terribly inefficient. Galleys are great in tight spaces and mostly utilized by many restaurants.