October Monthly Home Inspiration- Kitchen Layouts

Kitchen Layouts

The layout of the kitchen is important because it will determine how functional the space can be and how it can be best utilized. The layout should create what is called a “work triangle”, which is where the stove/cook top, refrigerator, and sink create a triangle within the kitchen. This concept is used to determine efficient layouts for the kitchen that are both aesthetic and functional.

This idea obviously works better with some layouts than others. For example, this can be very difficult to achieve in a single wall kitchen because all of the appliances are located along that one wall. Also, some homes may be better suited for some layouts better than others.

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Single Wall Kitchen

The single wall kitchen layout is most commonly used in apartments and in smaller homes. In larger spaces, an island will usually accompany the single run of cabinets. This type of layout is also commonly seen in a more contemporary style.

This design is best used in a combined kitchen and dining area where wall space is limited. The table can also double as an additional prep space. One of the flaws with this option is that unless the appliances are streamlined and integrated, it can look rather cluttered. Other than that it is by far the most simplistic.

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Galley Kitchen

Galley kitchens are commonly found in older homes and apartments. The open concept trend has made the galley kitchen a less desirable option. However, they are still perfect for more narrow and awkward kitchens because it makes the most out of the available space.

This layout is all about the cooking and prepping aspect of the kitchen and less about socializing and dining. They are one of the most functional options, unfortunately they also tend to be dark and can feel slightly claustrophobic without any natural light. It is important to take this into consideration in order to have a successful design.

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U-Shape Kitchen

This layout allows for a lot of flexibility within the design. Things can be moved and rearranged to allow for better functionality overall. This works well in both large and small spaces. If the space permits then a table or island can be included in the center for more work space or dining needs.

U-shaped kitchens can be easily placed adjacent to other living areas, such as dining and living rooms. This allows for a distinct separation while still allowing a connection and a site line to those spaces. On the other hand, if not done well then this kitchen can seem rather bulky.

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L-Shape Kitchen

With the open concept idea becoming more popular, this layout has naturally followed. It lends itself very well to most size kitchens. By positioning all of the taller units together, such as the refrigerator, pantry, and oven cabinets, then it will allow the space to feel more open.

This layout is very easily adaptable. It is very open, accessible, stylish, and social. It allows room for either a table or an island in the center. Unfortunately, fitting everything in while maintaining functionality can sometimes be a challenge.

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Kitchen with Peninsula

The peninsula is the perfect way to add some extra storage, seating, or prep area without needing more wall space to place cabinetry. The short span mimics all the benefits of an island, but takes up less floor space.

The peninsula tends to be an addition or an extension of one of the main layouts that is described above. It is most commonly added to L-shaped, galley, or single wall kitchens.

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Kitchen with Island

A kitchen with an island has quickly become the most desired layout for a kitchen. It tends to be the most open of all of the layouts, which means there is very little separation between rooms.

Islands can also house sinks, appliances, and other things that would not fit in the main part of the kitchen. A design that includes the use on an island will be very social. It is the perfect kitchen to entertain because it allows the person preparing the food to socialize.

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Mini Blog- Island Ideas

We find that islands are now one of the most requested features in a kitchen. The functionality of the kitchen has changed. Modern kitchens are a gathering space for family and friends, as well as, a space to prepare and cook meals. Due to this change, the design of the kitchen had to be adjusted as well. There are so many options and possibilities when considering an island. What will its main function be? Will it have seating? Will it be a prep area? Will it house appliances? Those are important questions when designing for functionality.

However, kitchen islands are not only about usefulness, aesthetics are just as important. What style are you aiming for? Will it be a simple design or will it be more elaborate? There are endless design details that relate to this topic. Islands can have matching panels, detailed legs, intricate corbels, and many other options. The trick is to make sure that those details all match with the overall style of the space and how you plan on using it.

Those details are what make infinite possibilities for the design of any island. An island can be small, re-purposed, and easily moved, such as the island on the left, which was created using an antique dresser. It is smaller that the average cabinets and can be moved. With a slight design change, the top would be able to collapse so the seating could be moved. This would allow for more walking space around the island if needed. This island is perfect for the person who needs their space to transform on a day to day basis to best suit their needs at any given time. The photo in the middle is a larger and more permanent version of the first island. The seating is permanent, but because the space and the island itself is larger there is no need for it to transform. The photo to the right has another added component, which is a built-in appliance in the island. This is most often home to a microwave drawer, dishwasher, or under-counter oven. One thing all of these have in common is counter height seating.

In the photo above on the left there is also seating, but this is different than the previous ones. This island incorporates banquet seating, which allows normal table height and will often negate the need for a formal dining table. The island on the right has a unique feature; the counter tops cascade to the floor. This is referred to as a waterfall counter top. However, this one is unique in that the material changes from one end to the other, which is not common.

There are thousands of different combinations of design and functionality that will create the perfect island. It is only a matter of discovering what is most important to have. Function? Design? Most of the time it is a marriage of the two, which creates a happy balance.