Kitchen Design 101

The kitchen’s layout is the shape that is made by the arrangement of the countertop, major appliances and storage areas. Floor plans create the kitchen’s work triangle, the path that you make when moving from the refrigerator, to the sink, to the oven to prepare a meal.

When you start designing your new kitchen the first thing to consider is the layout of the kitchen. Five basic layouts promote the efficiency of the work triangle and allow easy traffic flow through your kitchen.

Single Wall: This concept works for kitchens that are small or open-concept. The elements are arranged along one wall and there may be an island in the middle to divide the room.

Corridor or Gallery Kitchen: This layout has cabinets and appliances on opposite sides, creating a hallway through the kitchen space. It is easy to move through the kitchen area without encountering obstacles.

L-Shaped: This concept places cabinetry and appliances perpendicular to each other along two walls. It maximizes small spaces and is extremely easy to work in. There may be an island or other divider present to guide traffic.

U-Shaped: This layout uses three walls, offering abundant counter space and a small distance between workstations. It is ideal for a busy chef or larger family.

The G-shaped kitchen: a version of the U-shaped kitchen layout, with the same amount of counter space and storage options that surround the cook on three sides. However, the difference with the G-shaped kitchen floor plan is the peninsula or partial fourth wall of additional cabinets.

How to Enhance the G-shaped Kitchen Layout:

Depending on the size of the kitchen, G-shaped kitchens can seem cramped. To make the room feel more spacious, open up the wall in a nearby room and create a pass-through or breakfast bar for the family.