A kitchen layout is the shape made by the arrangement of the major appliances, storage areas, countertops and sinks. When designing a new kitchen, the overall layout is one of the first design considerations. It is the layout – not the style or colour – that will determine how easy it is to prepare meals, eat or socialise in the kitchen. The layout can also influence the placement of windows, doors, and furniture. Whether you designing a modern or provincial kitchen, various layouts can be utilised, depending on the size of the room, the space needed to move about the kitchen, and personal preference.
An efficient kitchen depends more on the layout than on the amount of space available. Kitchen layouts have a line symbolising the working triangle that helps illustrate the movement between every one of the primary activity areas, for instance, when moving from the refrigerator to the stove, and then to the sink in order to prepare a meal. Importantly, a natural work flow has to exist between the various work centres.
The most common layouts in designer kitchens are the Galley Kitchen, the G-shaped Kitchen, the U-Shaped Kitchen, the L-Shaped Kitchen and the Single Line Kitchen. While certain floor plans form a more efficient and spacious, every kitchen layout can be enhanced using the right cabinetry. Depending on the kitchen’s overall size, it is possible to add an island to some of these layouts in order to create extra counter space and expand storage. It is also possible to create islands in a variety of sizes and shapes – the homeowner is not restricted to a standard rectangular or square shape. The width of walkways between the island cabinetry is also important, and your kitchen designer can determine whether there is sufficient space to accommodate an island.