||When it comes
to kitchen design, the floor plan you choose can
be just as important - if not more important - than
the style and design choices you make. Below is
some pertinent information that you should consider
when deciding how to design your kitchen’s
There are four common shapes that your kitchen layout
L: The kitchen is
situated in an L-formation, typically with an island
in the center of the room that is accessible from
both legs of the L. The L shape is very common for
kitchens that have a lot of different uses, from
eating in to prepping to doing work at the island.
Single Galley: In
a single galley kitchen, the workspace and all appliances
are situated along one wall. This is a common option
in smaller spaces such as condos or apartments,
where the main dining area is also in the kitchen.
Galley: A traditional
galley setup has the sink, the stove and a prep
area long one line and then another prep area directly
across from it.
U: The U-shaped kitchen
is the preferred kitchen shape for busy cooks who
want to be within easy reach of the entire work
area at all times. The U shape is ached by essentially
adding another leg - a peninsula - to the L-shape.
Kitchen designers often work with the idea of the
“work triangle” when determining where
to place the appliances within the shape of the
kitchen. The work triangle consists of the stove,
the refrigerator, and the sink - all of which need
to be easily accessible from one to the other. Most
designers embrace this idea by making each are easy
to get to from the other. However, it’s of
course a rule that can be broken if you have needs
that would necessitate a different setup.
Know Your Needs
When it comes down to it, deciding how to space
your kitchen, what shape to have it take on, and
where to place the appliances comes down to one
key factor: what do you need? If you are going to
take the time and designate the resources to remodeling
your kitchen, it makes sense that you should create
a kitchen that is going to work for you.
When you’re deciding what you need, it’s
a good idea to be aware of how you use the kitchen.
Are you a serious chef, or an occasional dabbler?
Is it most important to you that you have ample
workspace, or that there is room for guests to gather
during dinner parties? Do you need an area for the
kids to do their homework, or do you not have kids
in the household? Some families want to be able
to see into and interact with the other living spaces
in the home while in the kitchen, while others do
It’s really important to understand what it
is that you want so that you can best communicate
to your designer what your ultimate goals are. If
your designer knows what you need, he or she will
be able to guide you in making decisions that will
most positively affect the outcome of your remodel.