When you’re planning a kitchen, you’ll probably be considering one of four popular layouts: the single wall, the galley, the L-shaped, or the U-shaped. These all have different pros and cons, and it’ll all depend on your space and your lifestyle. In todays post, I’m listing a couple of things about each layout, as well as images to show you what they look like in real life.
A single wall kitchen is, well, a kitchen with everything on one wall. This kind of kitchen often features an island due to smaller counter areas. A single wall kitchen is good for smaller rooms, and a dining table can be added if you need the extra space.
Galley kitchens are probably the most efficient kitchen layout, if only because no one else can fit in there with you. Galleys are narrow and tend to be tucked away to make better use of other spaces. You’ll often find that most people define single wall kitchens with longer islands as galley kitchens, or are recreating the linear style in less narrow ways.
The L-shaped kitchen is the most popular layout, with U-shaped coming in second place. This is definitely the kitchen layout you want if you like to have lots of people in your kitchen as you work. This layout works best when it’s an open floor plan, but boundaries can be defined by adding an island.
The U-shaped layout is definitely my favourite. It utilises three walls, and sometimes even an island or peninsula. This is the kitchen you want if you like to cook larger meals, or you’re like me and you tend to spread out as you work. U-shaped kitchens can be open or closed from other rooms and usually have the most storage.
My biggest recommendation for planning on any changes to a kitchen layout is to hire a professional kitchen designer. They know all the little tips and tricks to optimise your space, such as how wide aisles need to be, and all of the building regulations. Consider how you work, how you entertain, the shape of your house, and what kind of budget you can set aside! These will all impact any changes to a renovation – but it’s less strict when it comes to new builds.
Featured image is a U-shaped kitchen by Design House, Inc.