Kitchen layout ideas to consider for your home renovation

A kitchen is much more than just where you cook and store food; for many families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. This can also make kitchens one of the most difficult rooms to design; what appliances need to be included? Will the family eat there? How much counter space do you need? Where will food be stored?

Consider the work triangle

In each kitchen layout, consider the “work triangle”. This is an invisible triangle that connects the refrigerator, oven, and sink. In any good kitchen layout there should be an unobstructed path between these three appliances. This makes food preparation, cooking, and cleanup easier and more efficient.

Kitchen layout ideas

While many kitchen renovation plans begin with countertops, backsplashes, or color schemes, start instead with the layout. The following are five of the most popular kitchen layout ideas, each of which has its own unique features, pros, and cons.

1.     U-shaped kitchen

The U-shaped kitchen features counters on three walls along with the option of adding an island in the middle. This layout has plenty of space for multiple cooks in the kitchen, making it ideal for families that spend lots of time in the kitchen together.

2.     L-shaped kitchen

L-shaped kitchens lose one wall of counters and storage, making them ideal for smaller spaces. L-shaped kitchens often suffer from a lack of storage space, making upper cabinets or shelves a necessity.

3.     Galley kitchen

Galley kitchens have gone out of favor in recent years as homeowners transition to open floor plans. Despite this, there are still a number of advantages to galley kitchens. The two-wall approach can maximize a small space, creating lots of countertop work space. Likewise, it keeps things compacted and easily accessible – as long as there is still enough room for two people to pass and appliances to fully open.

4.     Island kitchen

Island kitchens are the most popular, offering the most design and layout options. In smaller kitchens, islands can be used as additional prep space or a spot for appliances or cooktops. Islands can also be used as an additional seating space; families can spend more time together as they sit and chat as meals are prepared.

5.     Peninsula kitchen

A kitchen peninsula is, in effect, an island that is connected to the rest of the counters. This horseshoe shape is ideal for kitchens that need the additional work or dining space but don’t have the room for an island in the middle of the room. Many L-shaped kitchens can be easily converted to peninsula designs.

6. What design is right for me?

There is no one kitchen layout that is the “best”. Space, family size, cooking habits, and more should be taken into account when choosing a kitchen layout. The right kitchen layout is functional, fits the dimensions of the space, and helps the kitchen become the heart of the home.

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