Planning a new kitchen is a threefold process: planning the space, defining a style, and choosing components.
Sit back, close your eyes, and visualize your dream kitchen. While brainstorming, it helps to have some basic layout schemes in mind. These floor plans have become classics – practical both for utilizing space and for incorporating an efficient working cooking environment.
Small or open kitchens frequently make use of the one-wall design, incorporating a single line of cabinets & appliances.
Advantage: A One-wall kitchen can be concealed with sliding or folding doors.
Disadvantage: Most have considered this to be the least efficient of kitchen plans; it has all the work centers placed along a single wall.
A kitchen which is open at both ends is a candidate for the corridor or gallery style kitchen.
Advantage: Efficient for a single cook, as long as, the work centers are grouped close together.
Disadvantage: Household traffic usually must flow through this space as well. Crowding can easily occur & make cooking & prep unpleasant for the cook.
The classic layout utilizes two adjacent walls, spreading the work centers out. Typically the refrigerator is at one end, while the range or wall oven(s) are present on the other. Typically the sink is stationed in the middle.
Advantage: Generous counter space & ease of traffic flow are among the biggest advantages of the L-shaped plan. This creates a since of elongated workspace & privacy for the cook.
Disadvantage: It may not be interactive enough for some cooks. Consider adding a free-standing island, to the L-configuration, for a more interactive/congregational space. The L-shaped plan is also known to decrease wasted steps and increase storage space.
Three adjacent walls make-up the U-shaped configuration.
Advantage: Considered, by many, to be the most efficient of all kitchen plans. The U-shaped plan saves steps by closely grouping work centers, by design. The cook is also surrounded by plenty of counter-top and essential storage space.
Disadvantage: If there is not sufficient distance between opposite walls, the cook will feel closed-in and kitchen efficiency decreases.
A derivative of the U-shape, the G-shaped plan adds an extra wall of cabinets and counter-top that wrap around to become a peninsula or island.
Advantage: This configuration creates a space where the cook is surrounded by work centers.
Disadvantage: The G-shaped design can easily give the kitchen an enclosed feeling.