Kitchens are one of the most versatile rooms in the house.
You can really design a kitchen to fit in with any type of house size from sprawling mansions to studio apartments. This is one of the reasons that we love what we do at the Kitchen Warehouse LTD because we can be so versatile with our work and customise it to the needs of our clients.
One design does keep popping up again and again however and that is the U shaped kitchen layout.
Most people don’t think about their kitchen’s in terms of shape. They think about what replacement kitchen doors they can have or if they should install a kitchen island or not.
Well we are here to tell you about the benefits of a U shaped kitchen layout and what it can bring to your home.
It Creates Work Spaces
In order to create an efficient kitchen – you know, not just a room that looks amazing but is actually really impractical – you need to have work spaces.
We can break the U shaped kitchen layout into 3 different spaces:
- The Washing Zone – which is the sink and a place for drying dishes and cleaning up
- The Cooking Zone – where the cooker and hob will be as well as a place to prepare food
- The Storage Zone – which comprises of cupboards and other areas such as the fridge to store food
With a U shaped kitchen layout you get all three of these zones built in an efficient manner. It means that they are all easily reachable from one another but far enough away that they aren’t encroaching on each others space.
The Work Spaces Are Well Defined
So with the three zones that we mentioned above in mind a U shaped kitchen defines each of these zones really well.
You can have a washing, cooking and storage zone in virtually any kitchen however if you find that it takes too long to do simple tasks or if certain areas are too far away from one another then a U shaped kitchen layout might be right for you.
With this kitchen layout you have these 3 zones that are well defined within the proximity of the kitchen space and means that you can work quickly and effectively. Why do you think a lot of restaurants follow the U shaped design? Because it is a very practical way of storing and cooking food then washing up afterwards and is designed for maximum efficiency.
Efficient Layout For Small To Medium Sized Kitchens
If you are lucky enough to have a large kitchen and don’t mind about the practicalities too much then you can forget about the idea of a U shaped kitchen layout.
However if you have a small or medium sized kitchen and want to create enough space to work efficiently while also making use of the room that you do have then this design is most definitely for you. A U shaped kitchen can easily be incorporated into even the smallest of rooms and it works really well for medium sized kitchens too.
It provides structure and space even if you don’t have a lot to use. Some of the best kitchen designs use a U shape for small kitchens and it is one of the reasons that we don’t see working on smaller kitchens a challenge. They can easily be adapted to suit the U shape and it also provides an effective style for slightly bigger rooms as well.
Should You Opt For A U Shaped Kitchen Layout?
The question that you should really be asking yourself is this: “Is your kitchen practical?”
For people who are thinking about redesigning their kitchen then you need to think about the practical nature of it before anything else. It is all well and good having a fantastic looking kitchen but when it actually comes to cooking, storing food and other items as well as washing up afterwards then you might have the best looking kitchen in the world but if it isn’t practical then it will only cause problems.
If small tasks seem to take a long time in your kitchen because you are constantly rushing from one place to the other then a U shaped kitchen layout could be your answer. Similarly, if you find that you are constantly disrupted by a lot of traffic in your kitchen with people walking through and unsettling whatever you are doing then a U shaped kitchen can solve this as well.
For larger kitchens it can be problematic with the distance between both sides. Although this can be easily solved by having a kitchen island in the middle and perhaps putting the washing up zone there. Some people also think that it hinders access to bottom cupboards too.
For anyone that is thinking of re-designing their kitchen into a U shaped layout then this should give you some ideas regarding the benefits of changing.
Remember that a kitchen is designed to be a practical room and one that should be used as such – it isn’t just how it looks that matters.