5 Kitchen Layout Ideas to Help You Take on a Remodel with Confidence

Choose the best kitchen layout for your remodel with our guide to the various floor plan configurations, including L shapes, U shapes, galleys, and more.

Choosing a layout is a key part of designing a kitchen floor plan with dimensions that fit your square footage. The floor plan determines how you'll move through the space while cooking or entertaining and how well it functions for day-to-day activities. The best layout will depend on the space available and the level of workability and convenience you desire. In general, the placement of the work triangle, based on the kitchen's floorplan and dimensions, dictates its efficiency. The work triangle is defined by the locations of the refrigerator, the range or cooktop, and the sink. A compact triangle limits the distances between these appliances used every day. When choosing the suitable kitchen layout for your home, consider the work triangle that will work best for you and the room.

country style gray kitchen
Jeff Herr

Types of Kitchen Floor Plans

Kitchen layouts come in many shapes and orientations, but the configurations of cabinetry, appliances, and seating often fall into a few specific categories. Check out our guide below to learn about some of the most popular types of kitchen floor plans.

Map Chapter 7M

1. L-Shape Kitchen Floor Plan

An L shape is one of the most common layouts for kitchens. It requires less space and offers more flexibility in the placement of workstations. This plan works well when the kitchen adjoins a casual room, like a family room or eating area.

red stools and rug with open storage racks kitchen
Laurie Black

A benefit of an L-shape kitchen floor plan is the ability to center a table in the space. This puts the family close to where the meals are prepared and draws guests near the cook when the homeowners are entertaining. This open area can also be filled with a kitchen cart to expand storage and prep workspace. The sink and dishwasher are often located along one wall with the refrigerator and range, creating a large work triangle.

Map Chapter 7J
Island plan.

2. Island Kitchen Floor Plan

Islands tend to work best in an L-shape kitchen floorplan with dimensions of at least 10x10 feet and open to another area. You can increase the functionality of your kitchen by equipping the island with a cooktop or sink. To create space for casual dining, outfit the island with barstools for seating.

Kitchen with island and wooden floor
David Tsay

This L-shape kitchen layout features an island in the middle. A built-in island provides the option of additional storage. Utilize drawers and open storage within the island to increase the kitchen's storage capacity, which will leave long runs of counter space to make prep a breeze.

Map Chapter 7K
U Shape plan.

3. U-Shape Kitchen Floor Plan

A U-shape kitchen allows the cook to take care of business while still being a part of the action in the adjacent room. U-shape kitchens are great for serious cooks because there's a lot of open counter space, which comes in handy when baking or preparing a big meal.

open white kitchen with small island
Jay Wilde

Pay close attention to the work triangle in this layout. If the appliances are too close together, you'll get trapped in the corner. Instead, consider a half-wall to open the room to an adjacent space.

Map Chapter 7L
Galley plan.

4. Galley Kitchen Floor Plan

A galley kitchen features cabinetry and appliances on two sides with a corridor running down the middle. The key to not closing in a galley kitchen floor plan is to consolidate counter space near the most-used appliances. To create storage space, consider a pullout tower pantry, a pantry cabinet, or a full pantry adjacent to the galley.

White kitchen wood floor trays on wall
Brie Williams

Small kitchens, such as this galley floorplan with dimensions of a snug 8x10 feet, are typically designed for a single cook. Smart space planning will help optimize functionality in a tight space. For example, placing the appliances along the two sides keeps the work triangle open. The stone countertops in this galley kitchen are perfect for working or serving food, and the light-colored cabinets help the space feel bright.

P-Shaped kitchen floor plan
Illustration by Ann Mackey Weiss

5. P-Shape Kitchen Floor Pan

In this kitchen layout idea, P stands for peninsula. The P-shape layout stems from an L-shape or U-shape plan, extending one stretch of countertop into the room, forming a peninsula. This creates an additional work area in the kitchen without occupying a lot of floor space.

white island and kitchen table with navy walls and brass metal chairs
Kim Cornelison

To maximize this home's layout, the designer chose a P-shape plan. The peninsula's countertop and base cabinets add extra work and storage space to the U-shape perimeter. Also, the open design connects the kitchen to the adjacent dining area.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost to remodel a kitchen?

    Depending on the size, scope, cost of materials, and design features, the average price of a small-scale, simple remodel is between $10,000 and $20,000. A mid-scale remodel, with upgraded appliances and finishes, averages $20,000 to $70,000. A high-end, total remodel, including redesigning the layout and moving appliances, electrical, and plumbing will be between $70,000 and $130,000.

  • How much does it cost to add an island to a kitchen?

    The average cost to add a kitchen island is $6,000. But a large, custom-built island with a cooktop or sink can cost as much as $20,000, depending on the countertop material, cabinets, plumbing, and electrical work needed.

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles