When it comes to kitchen design, the floor plan and kitchen layout 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 layout.
There are four common shapes that your kitchen layout can take:
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 into prepping to doing work on 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 arched 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 remodel 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 custom kitchen cabinets. 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 not.
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.