The size and shape of your available space will be the top factors influencing your new kitchen layout. There are five basic kitchen layouts: L-Shape, G-Shape, U-Shape, One-Wall and Galley. The size and shape of the room will typically determine the layout.
When redesigning your kitchen, the first thing to consider is the arrangement of your work zones: countertop spaces, major appliances and storage areas. Your goal is to arrange your layout to be highly functional, efficient and physically comfortable while staying within the bounds of your space. Lay out the space first, then select cabinets, appliances, countertops materials and other products.
Although variations and deviations do exist, most kitchen layouts are based on one of the following shapes.
This layout is the most popular design, and is appropriate for any size kitchen. The L-shaped kitchen includes work spaces on two adjoining walls running perpendicular to each other. This layout works well for two cooks working at the same time, since no traffic lanes flow through the work area. If space allows, it is possible to incorporate a center island that doubles as a work space or eating area. The L-Shape kitchen typically opens into another room which makes a great layout for entertaining.
An island is a mini-kitchen, in a way, and as such needs a thought-out design. Will your island host an appliance, sink, trash, recycling, eating area and food prep area? No doubt that your island will act as a gathering space for entertaining, which can impact its utility for cooking.
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