When remodeling a kitchen, deciding on a layout is probably the most important part of the process. It determines how easy it is to cook, socialize, and eat in the kitchen. It involves the placement of cabinets, counters, appliances, and sink.
The most common kitchen layouts are the one-wall kitchen, the galley kitchen, the U-shaped kitchen, the G-shaped kitchen, and the L-shaped kitchen. Here’s a quick overview of each layout, and what the pros and cons are to each one:
One Wall Kitchen
This layout is best used for a small house. It works by keeping all of the counters, cabinets, appliances, and sink on one wall, all within easy reach. Because the appliances can take up a lot of space, the one wall kitchen often lacks counter space. That’s when putting in an island is a good idea, as it adds space for food prep and storage.
Taking its name from the galley of a ship or airplane, this layout makes use of small spaces to feed a large number of people. You’ll often find this layout in restaurants, where cooks work in a long, narrow space between appliances and counter space. But what works for a restaurant might not work well in a home, because it limits interactions with guests and family.
Like the two previous layouts, a U-shaped kitchen is an efficient use of space and is designed for one primary cook. It’s basically a wide galley kitchen with one end being closed off, yet it still allows the kitchen to remain open to other rooms of the home. The main drawback to this layout is that it usually doesn’t allow for a kitchen table and chairs, so keep that in mind if choosing this layout.
Basically an amped-up version of the U-shaped kitchen, the G-shaped kitchen is ideal for those who want an island of some sort. It’s great if you have two cooks working in the kitchen at the same time. What makes a G-shaped kitchen is the addition of a peninsula to one of the U at an obtuse or right angle. Just be careful of the size. If it’s too big, you close off the kitchen. If it’s too small, then it’s not really a good use of space.
With open floor plans being so popular, L-shaped kitchens have also become a popular choice for a kitchen layout. As you have probably guessed, this layout uses two walls that meet at a right angle. It can vary in size, and it’s a great option for households with more than one cook, people who like to entertain while cooking because there is usually room for an island or a kitchen table and chairs.
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