Our homes come in various shapes and sizes, and while you may not have your ideal kitchen layout, choosing the right kitchen units can help you to make the most out of the space that you have. In contrast, the wrong unit or mechanism may lead to making your kitchen harder to navigate, and therefore a less enjoyable place to be.
Whatever your size or layout of your kitchen, there are always steps which you can take maximise how the space can be used, keeping in mind how you like to enjoy time in your kitchen. With this in mind, we explore several types of kitchen layouts, and how you can make the most of them.
How to work with an L-Shaped Kitchen
An L-shaped kitchen will usually consist of two runs of kitchen units, which are fitted along two adjacent walls, creating a traditional “L”. This kitchen style can be found across kitchens, both large and small and is often the layout found in an open plan kitchen – where the kitchen forms part of the lounge.
The L-shape creates what is known as the traditional “working triangle” – a phrase coined by kitchen designers which is a theory which suggests that the kitchen’s three main work areas (the sink, the fridge and the stove), should form a triangular shape.
To make the most out of your L-shaped kitchen, it’s a good idea to include as much workspace as you possibly can – so think long runs of base units and overhead kitchen cupboards.
A bank of tall kitchen units housing built-in appliances will also maximise every inch while contributing to a streamlined look, particularly if you do have an open plan layout.
U-Shaped kitchen ideas
The U Shaped kitchen is a popular layout with three walls of cabinets or sides which create a “U” formation. High desired by homeowners, the U shaped kitchen provides additional space to include further kitchen cabinets, making it an excellent option for those who need lots of kitchen storage.
This can be a great shape for those with children, as cooking and “danger zones” can be somewhat shielded by putting the oven and hob at the centre.
Curved kitchen units can create a feeling of flow within the U-shaped kitchen smoothing away harder edges and softening the look. Choosing to add a kitchen island to this style of kitchen is also becoming increasingly popular, and provision can be made underneath for further storage areas.
Most often found in smaller spaces, the galley kitchen is made up of two runs of kitchen cabinets which run parallel to each other from opposite sides of the room.
Often reasonably narrow, the key to making the most out of your galley kitchen is to make the best use of storage within your kitchen units themselves. One of the most significant benefits of a more extended galley is the incredible amount of workspace that can be found – so a fantastic option for those who love to cook!
The golden rule is to make sure there is at least 120cm between facing units so that you can open doors and drawers easily.
Break up the look, by contrasting colours between your base and overhead units, and think about creative solutions such as open shelving or lift up doors on wall units which draw the eye upwards and create an illusion of additional space.
Whether your space is open plan, or you have a decent sized U or L shaped kitchen, adding a kitchen island provides both a dramatic focal point and a valuable space to use for food prep, cooking or dining.
Before choosing to include a kitchen island, think carefully about how you use your kitchen. Are you looking for somewhere to sit and enjoy your morning coffee, or extra space to get busy with your culinary skills?
While a kitchen island won’t suit all shapes, they can be a great way to add an extra dimension to your kitchen space.