One of the most important decisions to take is to define the lay out of your future kitchen. Take a look at common kitchen layouts below and consider what suits your needs the best and what your space can afford:
- One of the most common, most popular and the least problematic kitchen layout is the L-shape kitchen. L-shape kitchen can fit in nearly every room and is often chosen by the owners of small- to medium-sized kitchens. Classic approach is to locate the tallest units as refrigerator and a cupboard at the shorter side of L thus creating a cohesive large work surface along the other wall. This way around it’s easy to find a perfect work triangle –imaginary connection of 3 working areas in your kitchen: a fridge, a stove and a sink.
- One-wall kitchen is to be found in many households as well. This type suits perfectly to a small kitchen. In order to provide more storage and work space, it’s worth to choose deeper cupboards and countertops. Note that with this shape of kitchen the sink should be located between the stove and the fridge, it’s important for safety reasons.
- For small rooms, the Gallery-shaped kitchen makes sense too. It is usually designed as a pure working kitchen placed on two opposite walls. Between the kitchenettes, a minimum distance should be kept at least 3.1 feet for more comfortable movement between them and the convenience of appliances use. This type of kitchen is used in the most of the restaurants which proves it’s the best choice if your kitchen is intended for cooking only.
- The U-shape kitchen is at best in rooms with a window. Main work place can be located at the window taking advantage of the day light for the work. Again, as with the Gallery kitchen, sufficiently large distance should be kept between the kitchenettes in the U-shaped kitchen.
- The popular and spacious G-shape kitchen is basically a U-shape kitchen with an extra leg, attached at the one side of U at a right or obtuse angle, usually designed as a counter or a table. This type of kitchen design is appropriate for large rooms and is particularly suitable for kitchens combined with a dining-room.
To any of the above mentioned shapes you can add an Island if the space let you to. Cooking island is an ideal solution for large and open spaces. It’s an increasingly popular trend in kitchen design aimed at the interaction: you don’t need to turn your back on others in the room while cooking and can take part in the conversation with your guests!