Different Kitchen Layouts: Selecting The Best Kitchen Design For You

Published: 10th August 2009
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As much as possible, you would want your kitchen to be efficient, functional, and stylish all at the same time. Creating a bespoke kitchen design has now become popular so that one's kitchen stands out and that it caters to the owner's purpose and goal. But, there are things that you must know when building a new kitchen or remodeling your existing kitchen. Besides the furniture that you are going to put in it, the light fixtures, and color, you also have to decide on the layout that you prefer.



To help you with it, let us take a look at some of the basic types of kitchen layouts:



Single Line Kitchen



This is recommended for narrow rooms. This layout will produce an I-shaped kitchen, which results to having longer journey distances as you would have to walk from one end of the room to the other. To solve this, have the sink placed between the refrigerator and the stove. Moreover, place the refrigerator in such a way that the refrigerator door opens away from the sink.



L-Shaped Kitchen



A very popular kitchen layout, L-shaped kitchen allows for a good traffic flow. This type is recommended for a family kitchen or for entertaining guests as table and chairs can be accommodated in the same room. When having this type of layout, a preparation area must separate the sink, stove, and refrigerator.



Double L-Shaped Kitchen



This allows for plenty of cabinet space as well as counter space. It is generally used for large kitchens with two cooks. The problem that may arise with this layout is that it has two or more entering areas; hence, it may cause problems on traffic flow. This problem, however, may be addressed by having two separate working areas on each L of the kitchen.



Galley Kitchen



Because of its efficiency in the use of space, this layout is often used in apartments or houses where there is limited space. This space efficiency is also the reason why this type is preferred by many professional chefs. For smooth work flow, the cabinets and appliances can be placed on opposite walls. But, it must be made sure that the cleaning and cooking areas are on the same side to avoid accidents while hot pans are being moved between the sink and the cooktop.



G-Shaped Kitchen



Providing a fourth wall to use, a G-shaped kitchen is also recommended if you have more than one cook in the house. Moreover, the fourth wall may be utilized for a counter, island, and storage space.



U-Shaped Kitchen



This layout has three walls, allowing short distances around the kitchen and making it an ideal working kitchen. Furthermore, it allows plenty of worktop and storage space.



Island Kitchen



It is another popular layout as it allows you or the cook to entertain and socialize with guests or visitors while preparing. Thus, it is the ideal layout if you plan to entertain.



Getting the kitchen that you desire indeed requires some thinking and sound decision making. You just cannot say, hey I want this and poof there goes your desired kitchen. It is important that you equip yourself with the basic knowledge in kitchen design, just like the basic layouts. The internet, for example, is a powerful source of information. Make some research, ask questions, and set a clear picture on your mind what you really want, although it may slightly be altered as you go on with educating yourself about the basics in kitchen design. So get those hands and mind working, squeeze those creative juices, and make your dream kitchen a work in progress.



Jo is a writer for 'Benchmark Interiors'(http://www.designer-bespoke-kitchens.co.uk), a UK kitchen furniture company that specializes in bespoke handmade kitchens, bedroom and home office furniture design and build. If you are keen on creating bespoke kitchens and want it to be ordinary yet useful then you ought to check out Benchmark Interiors.

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