Kitchen Designs – Kitchen Design Layouts

In smaller kitchen designs, the size and shape of the room will often dictate the kitchen layout. In larger rooms there are more options to consider.

Typical kitchen design layouts are Galley, L-shaped, or U-shaped, and may include islands, breakfast bars, and dining areas.

Most kitchen Designs are a variation on one of these examples. Typical kitchen layouts are shown with “work triangles” indicating the possible positioning of appliances.

L-Shaped Layout

An L-shaped layout has cabinets along all or part of two adjoining walls. In a larger kitchen this may allow room for a dining area in the kitchen. This layout provides ample storage space and floor space and is therefore ideal for a busy family life.

Kitchen Designs – L Shaped Kitchen Layout
Kitchen Designs - L Shaped Kitchen Layout

Kitchen Designs

U-Shaped Layout

In an U-shaped layout, cabinets cover three walls, and in a larger room one length of the U may be used as a breakfast bar. In a small kitchen, this layout provides maximum storage and appliance capacity, but standing room is limited. It is best to keep the refrigerator close to the door.

Kitchen Designs – U Shaped Kitchen Layout

Kitchen Designs - U Shaped Kitchen Layout

Kitchen Designs – Galley Layout

Galley Layout

A galley layout uses straight runs of cabinets on opposing walls in a narrow kitchen. As in the U-shaped layout above, floor space may be limited, but wall space is used to its maximum potential.

Kitchen Designs – Galley Layout

Kitchen Designs - Galley Layout