6 Popular Kitchen Layouts for Your Home
The kitchen area is one of the busiest places in your home, so it is important that the kitchen layout is efficient for whoever is cooking.
If you’ve ever done a bit of cooking, you would know that there are three major work centers in the kitchen: the storage center or refrigerator, the clean-up and preparation center or the counter and sink, and the cooking center or the stove and oven.
In a proper kitchen, you should be able to arrange these work centers in a proper layout that forms the work triangle, which helps minimize the length of trips you make from one center to the other, saving time, space, and energy. Learn how to choose the right kitchen layout by being familiar with the basics.
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The three work centers are on two counters opposite each other, suited for long, narrow, and rectangular-shaped areas found in condominium units, apartments, and townhouses.
One-Wall Kitchen Layout
All three work centers are placed on one counter, with the sink placed at the center. The work centers are placed directly beside one another in order to have free countertop spaces between them. This kitchen layout works well in small spaces, like a studio or a one-bedroom unit area.
This kitchen layout addresses lack of wall space. If you have enough floor space, you may add an extended counter perpendicular to the existing one in order to house a sink or the range. Otherwise, it can be used as a space-saving dining nook.
The layout in this one distributes the three work centers among separate counters, forming a U. It is the most efficient but works well usually for large spaces (at least eight feet in width and length). The work triangle in this kitchen allows for a logical sequence of work centers with minimum distances between them.
Occupying two walls in the room and forming an L, this kitchen layout works in areas with doors or windows on two walls of the room to provide extra floor space that could be used as dining area.
Typical of large, square kitchens, the island is located at the center of the room, possibly housing a sink or a range as well. More than that, however, it could also be used as a breakfast or snack bar. The island is usually large enough for counter spaces on both sides of the sink or range as well, so it’s definitely comfortable to cook in.