Everything You Need To Know About Kitchen Layouts

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms to get right when considering kitchen design and renovations because it is often the hub of the family home and needs to be more than just a space to prepare and cook food. In this article we consider kitchen layout options; to help compliment your lifestyle, give you inspiration and help you decide which is right for you.

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You may start off designing your dream kitchen by considering the aesthetic
features you like (the colour schemes, materials and finishes, appliances you’d like)
but first, you really need to think about the layout.

FUNCTION AND LAYOUT BEFORE FORM

A kitchen is often more than just where you cook and keep all your food and appliances.

For example, will the family eat in the kitchen and if so, how much time will you spend in your kitchen? Is your washing machine in a utility room or do you need the extra cabinet space to cleverly hide it in the kitchen?

How you want to enjoy your kitchen space can have a dramatic effect on design considerations so it is important we consider the factors and prioritise the functional use of your kitchen space first. Then, the fun can start selecting your preferred aesthetics and finishes.

LAYOUTS FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE

When it comes to your kitchen layout it should be perfectly configured to fit your lifestyle. Great layouts make the most of the available space and at the same time help keep things organised.

That said, it is not always possible to choose your preferred layout because of the size and shape of the room. This means that some compromise may need to be made and that’s where clever design features come into play.

Let’s look at 6 common kitchen layouts to give you an idea of what might work for you and your kitchen space.

LAYOUTS FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE

When it comes to your kitchen layout it should be perfectly configured to fit your lifestyle. Great layouts make the most of the available space and at the same time help keep things organised.

That said, it is not always possible to choose your preferred layout because of the size and shape of the room. This means that some compromise may need to be made and that’s where clever design features come into play.

Let’s look at 6 common kitchen layouts to give you an idea of what might work for you and your kitchen space.

U-SHAPED KITCHENS

The U-shaped kitchen is great for cooks, surrounding the chef with everything they need to operate effectively.

Essentially, the U-shaped kitchen can provide many options, having space to make sure that you can use the kitchen to its full potential.

Perhaps separating the cooking and preparation areas and then considering the space in the middle for additional elements, subject to the size of your space.

L-SHAPED KITCHENS

L-shaped kitchens are great for studio apartments, helping create space and ensuring rooms don’t appear too cramped.

If you have a larger space, an L-shaped kitchen often allows room for a dining area or breakfast bar. So if you have a large family or often entertain, this is ideal.

L-SHAPED KITCHENS

L-shaped kitchens are great for studio apartments, helping create space and ensuring rooms don’t appear too cramped.

If you have a larger space, an L-shaped kitchen often allows room for a dining area or breakfast bar. So if you have a large family or often entertain, this is ideal.

GALLEY KITCHENS

Galley kitchens are great space savers, allowing for efficient workflow. They are usually long and narrow, with fitted furniture along one or on two opposite walls.

Centralising key kitchen components and ensuring there is enough space for at least two people to be able to work around each other are important considerations.

Where space is limited, light colours help make the kitchen space feel less cramped and a good mix of materials adds personality.

OPEN PLAN KITCHENS

Open plan kitchens are great for large areas. The space can be divided into smaller functional and efficient smaller working areas.

If you are planning on creating a massive kitchen in your new home and have a large open space in the middle, there are a few approaches to creating the perfect layout. For example, you could go for a traditional island layout or you could have two islands.

Two islands may seem extravagant on initial consideration, but one large island can become impractical. Separating kitchen islands is often a good idea if you would rather separate cooking from eating, for example.

Regardless, if you are lucky enough to have a large open plan kitchen space, the options are almost limitless and islands, breakfast bars and seating areas can help make your kitchen the #1 destination area within your home.

OPEN PLAN KITCHENS

Open plan kitchens are great for large areas. The space can be divided into smaller functional and efficient smaller working areas.

If you are planning on creating a massive kitchen in your new home and have a large open space in the middle, there are a few approaches to creating the perfect layout. For example, you could go for a traditional island layout or you could have two islands.

Two islands may seem extravagant on initial consideration, but one large island can become impractical. Separating kitchen islands is often a good idea if you would rather separate cooking from eating, for example.

Regardless, if you are lucky enough to have a large open plan kitchen space, the options are almost limitless and islands, breakfast bars and seating areas can help make your kitchen the #1 destination area within your home.

KITCHEN LAYOUT AND EFFECTIVE ZONING

When considering layouts, another important aspect is ensuring effective working zones are maintained within the kitchen. The principle behind this is that you want to keep key kitchen areas together – cooking, prep, food storage, refrigeration and washing areas. This means that when cooking, everything you need will be to hand in that one zone. This is a bit like the old fashioned concept of the ‘working triangle’. Like the working triangle, it is important to have related zones close to each other in the kitchen.This helps reduce travel and efficiency within the kitchen, saving time and effort.

When we consider all spaces and layouts, we always consider this and the impact it has on our clients daily life. A new kitchen can often be a fairly considerable investment so prioritising planning is key to maximising your return on investment.

To help us get some initial insight, we’ve developed our kitchen design questionnaire to help identify your dreams, lifestyle and priorities. Whenever you are ready, you can complete the quick and easy form here and we’ll get in touch with you to discuss further options.

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