Understanding The Basics Of Kitchen Layout

Kitchen design is something all homeowners encounter at some point. If you’re new to kitchen design it can sound like a foreign language of unknown jargon – unless someone breaks down the basics for you. Allow us to be that someone and teach you a little bit about kitchen layouts for a solid foundation if you are considering remodelling your kitchen.

Below we have a list of the popular layouts and terms to get you started when renovating your kitchen and dealing with kitchen professionals.

The Kitchen Triangle

Also known as the kitchen working triangle, it is a basic principle when it comes to designing your kitchen layout. It describes the workflow that exists between three main focal points (sink, fridge and oven) and aims to connect these points, they should never be placed too far apart. When defining your floor plan, you should constantly work with this triangle in mind and the space and pathways between the points.

Kitchen Zones

A zone is an area of the kitchen where a certain task is undertaken and completed, everything you need should be well within reach. Think about the task of cooking – with your kitchen triangle, you have already made sure that your stove, sink and fridge are close together – but you also need to ensure that you don’t have to walk to the other end of your kitchen to chop your vegetables or use the dust bin. Another more basic example would be your tea and coffee making area. You would ensure that you have everything you need very close to the kettle, such as your coffee, teabags, sugar, sweetener, etc. This area should also be relatively close to the fridge so that you can quickly grab the milk too and if possible, close to the sink as well to refill the kettle.

A Galley Kitchen

A kitchen design that can do wonders for a kitchen with limited space. This layout is made up of two rows of counters that run parallel to each other creating a pathway in the middle. The seemingly obvious drawback to this layout is the fact that it doesn’t accommodate too many people at once. People can generally work happily side-by-side but there limited space to pass behind one another, it just depends on the space you are working with.

A Peninsula or U-Shaped Kitchen

A peninsula is a section of your kitchen cupboards that does not run against a wall, in essence, this will create a U-shaped counter arrangement. These are generally the basis for breakfast counters and bars with stools lined up for the family to gather and enjoy a meal together.

An L-Shaped Kitchen

Generally more popular in smaller homes and flats, as it limits the cupboard and counter space, the L-shaped kitchen is exactly that, a floor plan in the shape of an L.

Each kitchen layout has its pros and cons, but the fun part is discovering what works best for you, your family and your space. There is no right answer, so just enjoy the process. If you need a little extra advice and guidance chat to us, we’re happy to help.


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