Different Types Of Kitchen Layout
Choosing the right layout for your kitchen is crucial to the how you cook, eat and socialise in this area. An efficient layout can improve the food you make and ultimately the enjoyment of this room for all your family. Choose one which suits your home and needs.
1. The One- Walled Kitchen
This layout is particularly common in smaller homes or apartments. As the name suggests it consists of one wall, across the back with all you appliances in a row and often integrated. Usually the sink is in the middle with cooker on one side and refrigerator on the other.
Pros: Efficient, takes up less space, easy to install.
Cons: Lack of space, unsociable and can become overcrowded with appliances.
2. Galley Kitchen
This is a “corridor” shaped kitchen where appliances line the walls on both sides of a gangway. This can lead to a dining and social area nearby.
Pros: Efficient, easy to move around, easy to clean.
Cons: Only space for one cook, can become more of a corridor than a kitchen, acts as a throughway for the rest of the household, no room for dining area.
3. A Kitchen Island
The kitchen is built around a central point of an “island, which can be either a dining or food preparation area.
Pros: Looks good, extra storage space, spacious
Cons: Unsuitable for small kitchens, island part permanently on display.
4. L-shaped kitchen
Suitable for smaller homes, the work surfaces and appliances form an L shape along two walls, often around a dining area.
Pros: Easy working triangle between cooker, sink and refrigeration, Easy entrance with no “through traffic” adjustable worktops in corner space. Good for small homes with open plan designs.
Cons: Difficult for more than one cook, not suitable for larger kitchens because appliances can become too spread out.
5. G-Shaped Kitchen
The kitchen units and appliances are fitted in an oval shape, often with a horizontal bar or food preparation area at the mouth of the “G.” This is similar to the kitchen island except the extra area is attached to the rest of the room.
Pros: Suitable for families, extra storage space and good for socialising without interruption.
Cons: Enclosed from the rest of the house.
6. Open Plan Kitchen
Cons: Noise and heat from the kitchen can spread to other parts of the property.
This is often found in flats or apartments and joined onto a lounge area. The units are fitted to the wall, typically in a one-wall format or L-shaped layout.
7. U-Shaped Kitchen
Cons: Reduced floor space, cupboards can become hard to access if too small.