When re-designing a kitchen or buying a new home most people generally look at the kitchen units and doors and the material used on the floor as opposed to what shape the actual kitchen is. Both an L shaped kitchen and U shaped kitchens have their own advantages and flaws as the way in which the kitchen is laid out can really affect how you use it.
An L shaped kitchen is one of the most common designs used in kitchen architecture. It has two adjoining walls which are perpendicular to each other and when you look at it from above you will see an ‘L’ (no surprise there!).
However, what is this style actually good for? We have taken a look!
Open Plan Design
One of the cornerstones of having an L shaped kitchen is the open plan design that it offers. Some people like a cramped kitchen and in many cases, this actually works especially if you do not have a lot of space. With an L shaped kitchen, you can have a truly open planned design that creates a really modern and often times minimalistic look. With an L shaped kitchen you also only really use two walls in the room and therefore it opens up a lot of free space.
In fact if your kitchen backs onto another room such as a living or dining room then you can create a lot of natural space in your home and it is a great way to essentially combine two rooms together.
The Work Triangle
Taking the design aspect out of an L shaped kitchen for a minute – what is it actually like in a practical sense?
One of the great things about an L shaped kitchen layout is that it creates a good work triangle. This is where you have the fridge (for food storage), oven/hob (for cooking) and the sink (for washing up) in a clearly laid out manner. It makes preparing and cooking food, as well as washing up, a lot easier.
Because the workstations are set out in two adjoining walls you do not need to walk far between the different parts of the kitchen and everything is easily within easy reach.
Cut Down On Through Traffic
Something that gripes a lot of people is when they are trying to prepare a meal and they keep getting interrupted by what we call ‘through traffic’. This is basically people coming in and out of the kitchen and essentially getting in the way.
U Shaped kitchens can have this problem due to the way that they are designed. However, an L shaped kitchen is far better suited for a big family. It creates multiple entrances and exits to the room and because the appliances are located in one corner of the room it means that you have a lot of space for others to roam about the kitchen. An L shaped kitchen allows traffic to flow freely around the room without causing any disruption to the actual work that you do there.
As we have already said, an L shaped kitchen layout provides a lot of space in the rest of the room. In many kitchen designs, you often feel crammed into the room and it can feel very cluttered and claustrophobic.
With an L shaped design you can easily incorporate eating space into your kitchen providing you have a bit of space left over. This can be putting in an island into the room which works better than it usually does in a U shaped kitchen or even having tables and chairs. So with an L shaped kitchen, you can actually combine a kitchen and dining room with ease.
If you do not have a lot of space in your home to eat then an L shaped kitchen can really allow you to create this space without sacrificing any of the practical elements in the kitchen itself.
Benefits Of An L Shaped Kitchen
If you are planning on a kitchen redesign or looking for a new property to move into then you should pay a lot of attention to the layout of the kitchen.
For those of you who have a large family then an L shaped kitchen will really free up some space and allow you to cook and prepare food without interruption. It is very efficient for small and medium-sized kitchens although in big rooms it can make the room feel very sparse although it is a great option for a minimal design.
This type of kitchen design makes food storage, cooking and cleaning up all very practical and you don’t need to go over to the other side of the room to get an item. It also lets you create space of eating or simply hanging out without disrupting the flow of the kitchen.
At the Kitchen Warehouse LTD, we work on L shaped kitchens all the time so we know the kind of doors, units and cabinets that work for this style.
If you feel as though you need more advice on an L shaped kitchen design then come to visit us at our showroom or visit our contact us page.