Common residential kitchen layout designs

Whether you are in the market for a custom-built home, or will soon be remodeling your existing kitchen, you will be faced with the big decision of choosing a kitchen layout plan. The layout of your kitchen will determine appliance placement, cabinet and countertop location, and space availability, so it's a big factor to consider. To help, we've provided a list of the most common residential kitchen layout designs.

Regardless of which layout appeals to you, keep in mind that every kitchen will be most functional when it contains a "working triangle." Appliances should be arranged so that they form a working triangle for easy accessibility. In other words, an imaginary line could be drawn from the stove, to the refrigerator, to the sink, and it would form the shape of a triangle. When you speak with a kitchen design specialist, he or she will be able to tell you more about it.

Common kitchen layout designs

Galley kitchen - This kitchen design will work in virtually any space and is very popular. With a galley kitchen, countertops run parallel to each other on opposite walls. While cooking, your back would be to the sink, and while washing dishes, it would be to the stovetop. Everything is located very conveniently in a galley kitchen.

Strip kitchen - When space is extremely limited, a strip kitchen may be all there is room for. This layout uses one single countertop, with the sink centered in the middle. The downside to the strip kitchen is that there will be no working triangle within it.

L-shaped kitchen - The L-shaped kitchen is the most common kitchen layout in small homes and apartments. It is, just as the name implies, laid out in the shape of the letter "L," connecting to two walls. Sometimes the design will consist of two workable countertop spaces, while others, one long countertop is used for work, and a smaller one is set on the end in the form of a breakfast bar or island.

U-shaped kitchen - One of the most desirable layouts for a functional kitchen is one that is U-shaped. As the name implies, the cabinets and countertops are laid out in the shape of the letter "U" with this kitchen design. Virtually every available space in the kitchen is usable, and all appliances are conveniently located in close proximity to one another.

Island kitchen - If you have the space, an island kitchen is an absolute joy to have. An island provides additional work and storage space, and can even be equipped with a working sink or cook top. This is the ultimate kitchen design for homeowners that like to entertain, as it is a welcoming spot for guests to hang out while dinner is being prepared.

Need more information on choosing a kitchen layout plan that is best for your needs? Get the down-low on choosing cabinet height and depth, and much more in the article 'Kitchen Layout and Planning'.

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Source: Personal knowledge