Kitchen Layouts

A kitchen layout is more than a footprint of your kitchen—it's a blueprint for how your kitchen will function. In general, there are three types of kitchen layouts: U-shape, L-shape, and galley kitchens, plus various combinations of each. An open kitchen layout employing any one of the three standard layouts is another popular option. In this configuration, the kitchen faces another area of your home or is completely incorporated into another room. Functionality trumps all other choices you will make regarding your kitchen's layout. Pay special attention to how work areas in the kitchen relate to each other, and keep the work triangle principle in mind when deciding where to place appliances and cabinets. Aisle space, traffic flow, and counter space are other considerations to address, along with existing factors in the room such as doors and windows. Interestingly, size is not always a factor in narrowing down your choice of layout. True, a galley layout with its narrow corridor is likely to be the best bet for small kitchens, but this layout also works well in large kitchens. Both the U-shape and L-shape kitchen layouts allow you to leave the center of the kitchen open for a table or island.

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