The 6 Most Popular Kitchen Layout Types
The kitchen layout refers to the shape that is made by the arrangement of the counter-top and major appliances including the cooking range, the washing area, the working area and storage areas. Some of the layouts can also include an ‘island’, a very practical concept that can double up as a work-area as well as a dining area.
When choosing a home, the layout of the family kitchen matters a lot as it influences the way you cook as well as socialize in this area. Your kitchen should represent the amount of time you spend in the kitchen, the kind of cooking you do as well as the size of your family.
Modern lifestyles have ensured that the traditional kitchen is no longer the domain of just the woman of the house, but other members of the family contributing too. It’s now evolved into a multi-purpose room with a multiple-cook concept.
When you’re remodelling your kitchen, the first thing you’ll want to consider is the layout. While technically you can use whatever layout you want when putting together your kitchen, there are a few types of layouts that are very popular because they provide a good workflow while you are cooking. There’s no one best layout – the perfect layout for you depends on the existing shape of your kitchen and what you want to do with it. Here are some of the most used layouts we’ve seen in kitchen remodelling.
Kitchen Ergonomics 101
Let’s first give a quick overview of kitchen ergonomics, which forms the basis of great kitchen design. Ergonomics is the science of designing the environment to fit the people that use them, not the people to fit the environment.
Straight Modular Kitchen Design
Classy and old fashioned! But that is what makes straight modular kitchens so convenient and easy to use. This kitchen shape ensures enough space for all your accessories and functional elements. This layout sticks to basics and is a must-have for those who like minimalistic decor, cook and dine hassle-free.
The hob/stove is at an equal distance from the fridge and sink, making it the most convenient layout for an easy cooking process. Lastly, we recommend not having a counter over 12 to 15 feet as it might make moving around a bit tiresome.
Best for Straight Modular Kitchen:
Narrow rooms, or those with limited space. In an open-plan room a galley run along one wall is a practical way of fitting in the kitchen.
Straight Modular Kitchen Pros :
Provided there is space for the fridge, cooker, and sink, as well as sufficient work surface and carefully planned storage, this can be an efficient layout – a ‘working wall’ with everything in easy reach.
Straight Modular Kitchen Cons:
Without the luxury of lots of space, every detail needs to be carefully thought through to ensure there is enough storage and prep surface. In a narrow room, sliding cupboard doors, a dishwasher drawer and fridge drawer, or a French-door fridge may work better than standard fittings because of clearance issues. This layout is often combined with an island or dining table, if space permits, offering extra work and serving surface.
Galley Modular Kitchen Design
A Galley modular kitchen can be defined by two narrow rows of cabinets facing each other with a narrow walkway in between. The galley layout works well with all kitchen styles, as it enhances safety and efficiency while cooking. This type of kitchen shape can fit several cabinets and house doors or walkways at either end of the run. Tall cabinets run along the wall to store all major appliances. Keep base cabinets in a heavier, darker material, and the upper cabinet in a lighter colour to connect it more towards the ceiling. This will also help reduce the feeling that you are in a hallway. Try concealing the fridge and dishwasher behind cabinet panels to give the space a tidy look.
A Galley layout is a simple choice when you’re talking types of kitchen layout, but there’s no denying it can be very a practical one – perfect for making good use of a kitchen that is long rather than wide.
Best for Galley Modular Kitchen :
Compact and long and thin spaces.
Galley Modular Kitchen Pros:
Efficient use of a narrow area, especially if the sink, cooker, and fridge can be positioned in the classic working triangle layout. It typically offers more storage and prep surface than a single galley, because cabinetry and worktops can be built on two walls rather than one. It also offers the opportunity to differentiate functions on two sides of the room, such as cooking on one side and the wet zone on the other.
Galley Modular Kitchen Cons:
Allow sufficient space, usually no less than 120cm, between the parallel runs, so you can move with ease between them. Also be aware that outward opening drawers and doors may create obstructions. Sliding doors can be a neat solution, as can pocket doors which slide into recesses either side of the opening of a tall cupboard so they are out of the way when the cabinet is in use.
L-Shaped Modular Kitchen Design Layout
This shape works best for small to medium kitchen spaces. To design an L-Shaped modular kitchen, one needs thoughtful planning to keep it clutter-free and organized. Creativity amplifies in an L-Shaped modular kitchen. The L-Shaped kitchen is ergonomically appropriate and facilitates a sensible work triangle for preparation, cooking, and cleaning.
This type of kitchen design can be matched to any decor as this layout type requires an excellent floor plan. For an L-shaped design to work, the kitchen must be built at the corner where two walls form a perpendicular angle. Also, one part of the wall must be twice the length of other.
The hob, fridge and sink are in close proximity to each other. It ensures that you don’t have to walk too much between zones.
Best for L-Shaped modular kitchen:
Compact kitchens, and If you have a little leftover space, you could add an island or small dining table, whichever suits you best.
L-Shaped modular kitchen Pros:
Streamlined and efficient, because everything is in easy reach. It also works well if there are two of you who like to cook at the same time, provided sufficient work surface is included and the hob and sink are placed on different runs.
L-Shaped modular kitchen Cons:
The corner of the ‘L’ can be a pinch point where storage space can be wasted. You may wish to consider pull-outs for corner base units to make contents easy to access. In a larger kitchen, the addition of an island is a good way of bringing the kitchen into the centre of the room, rather than limiting the furniture to its perimeter.
U-Shaped Modular Kitchen Design
A U-Shaped modular design features three walls and are lined with cabinets and appliances. This type of kitchen is an efficient design that frees up floor space. It is the most practical kitchen layout and provides a lot of space for storage and appliances compared to a U-shaped modular kitchen.
The concept of the ‘Golden Triangle’ is a natural fit with a U-shaped modular kitchen as your fridge, sink, and stoves are placed within an arm’s reach. This is a practical use of kitchen space, something which L-shaped kitchens and other galley kitchens might find harder to achieve. The biggest advantage of a U-shaped modular kitchen is the safety factor as it doesn’t allow traffic to disrupt your workflow.
Best for U-Shaped Modular Kitchen:
Compact kitchens, but it can also work well in larger rooms as a way of bringing the furniture into the centre of the space.
U-Shaped Modular Kitchen Pros:
Because it wraps around you on three sides, this layout works well to define a cooking zone within an open-plan room – useful if you want to keep guests and children from getting under your feet. It can also offer generous amounts of work surface and storage.
U-Shaped Modular Kitchen Cons:
Two corners can make for two sets of pinch points, so look out for pull-outs and carousels to ensure no corner cupboard space is wasted. In a small room this layout can create a closed-in feel, so consider open shelving rather than wall units if necessary.
G-Shaped Modular Kitchen or Peninsula
A G-Shaped kitchen is the term used to express a cabinetry arrangement that has a construction-area promontory and four walls of storage. G-Shaped layout also enlarges the unit of base cabinets that can be included which increases storage space while streamlining the cooking area.
It primarily consists of an island occupying two or three walls in the kitchen. This layout offers a free-standing workstation that can be used as a place to eat, a countertop or storage. This independent space can be accessed from 3 sides. Also, it provides all the advantages of an island kitchen while making use of less floor space.
Best for G-Shaped Modular Kitchen:
Families sometimes use the extra countertop for a breakfast nook, or extra work space for multiple cooks or other projects. G-Shaped kitchen designs are also great for bars and buffets, holiday snacks, or large dinners.
G-Shaped Modular Kitchen Pros:
It offers three sidewall spaces for kitchen cabinets to store your kitchen products. In the G-shaped Kitchen layout, you have more space for storage of kitchen appliances like under the counter fridge/freezers or even a dishwasher and also wall spaces.
Open or Private Kitchen: In this, you can keep high the wall of the kitchen to close them off to make it more private or you can make it open to have that feeling of space & connected with other living spaces.
G-Shaped kitchen layout offers sufficient space and it can accommodate multiple cooks.
G-Shaped Modular Kitchen Cons:
Sometimes, the G-Shaped kitchen layout looks congested as it’s over storage units hang on the walls. It is having a complicated layout and for that, you have to think more about how to make the layout, where to put the sinks cookers, etc., than a less complicated layout. Corner Constrain Increases in G-shaped kitchen layout.
Island Modular Kitchen Design
With large kitchen spaces becoming the norm in urban households, island modular kitchen designs are all the hype. Spread out over the entire kitchen area; an island-shaped kitchen accommodates all functionalities in a sophisticated manner. It allows for a variety of comfort options to the host and guests alike.
Kitchen layouts with island give more rooms for kids to play around, do their homework, and ample space makes the kitchen a multifunctional area. It also provides additional storage and is more brightly ventilated.
Best for Island Modular Kitchen:
Larger kitchens, so there is space to move around the island, particularly if it is used for socialising and entertaining.
Island Modular Kitchen Pros:
A flexible solution to many a layout conundrum, an island can be used to create the main prep surface in the kitchen, or as the cooking or washing up centre (or both). With the addition of bar-stools it can also serve as a breakfast bar, or drinks and socialising space. It can further make a useful zoning divide between the working and dining and relaxing areas of an open-plan room.
Island Modular Kitchen Cons:
Larger islands can be awkward to manoeuvre around, so make sure food storage, prepping, cooking, and wet zones are all in easy reach of each other, and that walkways are at least 1m wide.