Basics of Kitchen Layouts

Kitchen by Greentea Design

Greentea Design Kitchen by Trilogy Builds

For those lucky enough to be able to remodel their existing kitchen, the project probably seems totally daunting what with budget, space, time, and building constraints to consider. And of course storage:  between furniture, appliances both big and small, and the cook- and bakeware already in your possession, it’s a challenge to figure out how to fit everything in, let alone fit together.

But do yourself the favour and let utility be your guide.  Before you get carried away with aesthetic elements, be sure to think of the flow and function you require.  Who will be using the space, how often and why?  Meal prep of course happens in the kitchen, but so often now it’s where families and guests gather, where groups are tackling not just the eating, but the making of a meal, where plans for the future are hatched and work – business, family, grade school – is tackled.  So figure out what applies to you and what your space can realistically accommodate.

Your first order of business is to figure out what layout is best suited for your kitchen’s space. Kitchen designers use three basic kitchen layouts that get the best flow of movement, and enhance manageable work efficiency in your available kitchen area.

Open Concept Layout

Kitchen design - open concept layout

Both small and large kitchen designs can fit an open concept layout.  There’s no better internet past-time for me then scrolling through design sites that feature those jaw dropping images of immense open concept chef’s kitchens, but really the open concept layout started gaining popularity as living spaces started to shrink with the rise (quite literally) of condo living.

In an open concept space, all kitchen elements are designed in a straight line on one side of the kitchen space.    With the open concept kitchen, it’s all about the glorious island:  this hardworking piece of furniture is positioned at the centre to separate the kitchen from the other living space, typically (but not always) the dining room.

Greentea Design kitchen by Trilogy BuildsGreentea Design Kitchen by Triology Builds

Galley Kitchen Layout

kitchen design - galley kitchen

For maximum mobility in the kitchen, the galley kitchen is actually your best bet.  This kitchen layout organizes your kitchen furniture and appliances on opposite sides to establish a walkway through your kitchen area. More space means fewer obstacles.  The galley concept is a takeaway from ships, where space was always at a premium.  If the space you’re looking at is small the galley is a great option.  It’s also good for those who want their kitchen space, in all its messy glory concealed from guests.

Image via Zsazsa Bellagio

The U-Shaped Kitchen

kitchen design - u-shaped layout

The u-shaped kitchen is a truly efficient layout, really working hard for accomplished home cooks. With the perfect triangle of fridge, sink and stove all a pivot away and miraculously still affording ample counter space, this layout works well in both small and larger spaces.  For those lucky enough to just be drowning in space, this layout can create a cozy smaller space in a larger expanse all while adding counter space.  U-shaped kitchens are also wonderful for those who want an open concept look, but still prefer to keep guests on the other side of the peninsula.

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Good luck with your kitchen reno!

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