The L-shape plan puts two workstations on one wall and the third on an adjacent wall.
Pros: This layout is more space-efficient than a U-shape plan, especially if the main workstations are located close to the crook of the L.
Cons: Not well-suited to small spaces. Be sure to allow adequate open counter space between the two workstations that share the same wall -- at least 4 feet.
Other considerations: The arrangement of workstations is critical: Work should flow from the refrigerator to the sink and then to the cooktop and serving area.
The area opposite the crook of the L often is an ideal spot for an eating nook.
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