The kitchen layout is the shape that is made by the arrangement of the countertop, major appliances and storage areas. This floor plan creates the kitchen’s work triangle – the path that you make when moving from the refrigerator, to the sink, to the range to prepare a meal.
When designing your new kitchen and choosing the best cabinetry solutions for your home, one of the first considerations is the overall layout of the kitchen
There are five fundamental layouts for most kitchens – the G, L, U, single, and galley. While certain floor plans create a more spacious, efficient kitchen, each kitchen layout can be enhanced with the right cabinetry and decorative accents. Depending on the overall size of your kitchen, a kitchen island can be added to many of these layouts to expand storage and create additional counter space. The width of walkways between cabinetry and the island is important and your kitchen designer will help determine if you have enough space to accomodate an island. Kitchen islands can be created in all shapes and sizes and you are not limited to a standard square or rectangular shape.
Review the five basic kitchen layouts to identify which is most similar to your current kitchen. You and your kitchen designer may need to work within the space of your current kitchen, OR you may decide to remove or reconfigure walls to expand the space which would give you additional options for your kitchen layout. When looking at each layout, focus on the work triangle created in the room – you may find a kitchen floor plan that you prefer over your own. Keep in mind – even if you’re not making significant structural changes to the kitchen, you can still enhance the layout with the right cabinetry.
Whatever you decide, we recommend working with a kitchen designer to select the cabinetry and create a kitchen that works best for you.