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.
The Island kitchen layout is ideal for homeowners with large families that enjoy socialising while preparing meals. This is because it has two working spaces that make it possible for family members to face each other while cooking. It also allows for ease of movement. Keep in mind that his layout requires quite a big space in order to facilitate the two working areas.
The G-shaped kitchen layout is somewhat similar to the U-shaped layout as it allows similar storage options and counter space that surrounds the chef on three sides. The difference occurs in that the floor plan of the G-shaped kitchen uses the partial fourth wall for extra cabinets or a peninsula. Smaller G-shaped kitchens can be made to appear more spacious by opening up the wall in an adjacent room, and then creating a breakfast bar or pass-through for the family.
The single line layout is ideal for smaller homes and in some instances, this is the only available solution. While this layout is not the best in terms of forming an ideal working space, the homeowner can place the sink next to the stove and oven to increase efficiency. In addition, sleek cabinetry with horizontal lines can make the space appear larger, and clever storage solutions can maximise the utility of the kitchen.
Displays of our designer kitchen layouts can be seen at our Wonderful Kitchens Showroom in Padstow. Our Sydney-based company offers a wide range of high-quality kitchens. Our designer kitchens are manufactured in our own factory to the highest service standards, and in the quickest possible time frame. We have site supervisors for every job and our kitchen designers having over ten years of experience each.
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