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How to Design a Kitchen Layout
February 21, 2019

When considering the layout of your new kitchen, the first thing to think about is where everything will go. In this article, we will be looking into all of the different ways that kitchen countertops and appliances can be laid out, and which layout will work best for each type of kitchen.


The Triangle

The triangle shape is the traditional kitchen configuration. The triangle refers to the shape that the refrigerator, stove, and sink create in order to create a single work zone. This is accomplished either by using three walls of cabinets, or two walls and an island containing either a sink or stovetop in the middle. This shape was designed in the 1940s in order to increase the efficiency of kitchens for a single cook, but is still the most commonly seen configuration. It works best in a larger sized kitchen.

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The L shape

For a small sized kitchens, the versatile L-shaped kitchen consists of countertops on two adjoining walls that are perpendicular. This shape can also work with a medium sized kitchen, and allows for the addition of an island in the center, as well as a dining space or even multiple work zones. However, this shape quickly becomes inefficient the larger a kitchen gets. Remember when utilizing this shape to give plenty of work space to each appliance.

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The G shape

Otherwise known as a peninsula kitchen, the G-shaped configuration is involves a connected island. Peninsulas offer additional clearance and under storage space in the kitchen, as well as an excellent eat-in kitchen dining area, but without taking up all the square footage that a true island would. The corner created by the connection of the peninsula can create a challenging work or storage space if not it is not carefully designed. This is a great kitchen design choice for those that wish to entertain while cooking.

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The Parallel Kitchen

A parallel, galley, or walk-through kitchen is an efficient layout for smaller spaces and one-cook kitchens. This shape was first seen in ships and airplanes, but became popular in residential kitchens the 1920s. As the name suggests, the parallel kitchen has two walls with countertops opposite of each other with a walkway in between. Though parallel kitchens make the best use of every square inch of space, they are difficult for multiple cooks to use at once. They do however eliminate the need for corner cabinets, which can be difficult to configure and often add to additional costs to your kitchen budget.

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The One-wall Kitchen

The one-wall kitchen layout is seen usually in studio or loft spaces. It is defined as being a layout where the cabinets and appliances are fixed on a single wall. This layout is the ultimate open floor plan design, giving more room for dining and living. If space allowing, it may be a good idea to add an island to this design in order to add efficiency and a second workspace to this otherwise limited configuration.

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