Planning a new kitchen design can be very exciting but in order to get an impeccable and long lasting result is important to carefully assess all practical aspects. Because a functional kitchen will simplify your life, will facilitate food preparation and daily cleaning. The first step is to focus on floor and furniture planning, the right layout will give more value to the environment, creating new storage cabinets, widening and optimizing the space.
A good starting point is to study your habits and evaluate the needs of all the family members, young and old. Examine your priorities in order to make a list of all the elements that you want to include in the design, and what you wish to change about your old kitchen, this way it will be easier to immagine what your new kitchen design will look like.
Below a gallery collection of the 5 most popular kitchen layouts with tips to help you make the right choice.
Single Wall Kitchen
A single wall kitchen is usually the most popular kitchen layout for small homes. It requires us to carefully plan every inch of available space to ensure that everything is within easy reach and all appliances and storage units are well distributed on a single wall.
Usually this layout doesn’t offer much in terms of storage, but it can be easily paired to an island or peninsula so to gain more storage and workspace. This solution is perfect for open floor plans because it gives a view right into the dinning/living area while preparing or enjoying a meal, as shown in the pictures below.
A galley kitchen is long and narrow with cabinets and appliances on either side, much like a one-wall kitchen that runs on both sides. Even if there is plenty of storage space, this layout doesn’t offer enough room for placing a table in the middle. So it doesn’t represent the best solution for interaction or socializing, as often the dinning area is located somewhere in the house.
However, due to this unusual layout it’s often the only solution for rooms that have this kind of shape, unless some structural modifications can be made to open the kitchen to the rest of the house. Let’s take a look at some samples below.
It’s ideal for open plan floor, as you can easily maximize space and interaction with the living area by adding a table with chairs or an island with seating, so it can also serve as an eat-in kitchen.
This corner kitchen also tends to lead to less kitchen traffic as it’s off the beaten path. It’s composed by one main wall of cabinets perpendicular to a shorter wall. Also provides privacy while cooking, being like a corner tucked away but without neglecting a great interaction with adjoining spaces, such as the living room or other family-focused rooms. An excellent choice for entertaining.
If you are looking for a kitchen with plenty of storage space and that allows smooth interaction between people and that feels more open, perhaps this is the right choice for you.
The U-shaped kitchen is definitely the layout that provides the largest amount of counter and cabinet space, running along three walls of the room you wont be complaining for lack of storage!
Because the U-shaped kitchen allows for a great deal of flexibility, don’t be afraid to experiment with the layout. An idea could be to turn one wall into a peninsula. So to have a dine-in option and free up the space by removing some of the upper cabinets. It’s not advised to add an island or a table right in the middle of a U-shaped kitchen, as this will make it look cluttered and reduce the traffic area.
Since this type of kitchen layout connects to the rest of the home by keeping one side open it would be ideal for a open-space plan. Here some inspirational pictures.
The G-shaped kitchen is an upgraded version of the U-shaped layout, that features a peninsula attached to one side of the U. Since the peninsula partially encloses the kitchen, it’s important to make sure it’s not too long so there is enough room to easily get in and out.
Absolutely plenty of storage cabinets and workspace, also the peninsula offers the dine-in possibilities which makes it very practical for breakfast and snacks on the run.
Read our Round Kitchen Table or Square? for more interior design tips.
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