Friday, November 29, 2013

Guide to kitchen floor plans

The function and efficiency of any kitchen is established in the kitchen floor plan. And a successful kitchen layout depends on your available space. It’s important to know the different types of kitchen layouts, so you can better assess the range of options for your space.

An L-Shaped kitchen is great for kitchen spaces that are located in corners.

Galley

A galley kitchen features an aisle flanked by kitchen counters and cabinets on both sides. This is very practical for small spaces, especially condo units. However, it also typically accommodates one cook. With this layout, just keep in mind to have enough walkway space in the aisle, even with the cabinets and drawers open.

L-Shaped

An L-Shaped kitchen is great for kitchen spaces that are located in corners. For small spaces, you can integrate the dining area at the center of the kitchen, to maximize space. On the other hand, big kitchens can accommodate an L-shaped kitchen layout with an island at the center. This can offer extra counter space or become the main focal point of the room with the range installed right on the island.

U-Shaped

U-shaped kitchens have kitchen counters flush against the three walls of the room.

Great for kitchens with dedicated rooms or nooks, U-shaped kitchens have kitchen counters flush against the three walls of the room. This layout offers more counters and work areas for the cook. It’s also great for kitchens with multiple cooks. For a more luxurious layout, the U-shape can also have an island in the center.

Peninsula

The peninsula layout is a cross between the L-shaped and U-shaped kitchen plans. Two sides are flush against the wall, with one side linked to an island. This can be a great layout for an eat-in kitchen. Just add bar stools by the island, and you’re good to go.

These are the common kitchen layouts, but you may also create any number of combinations from these basic plans, to achieve a functional layout perfect for your space.

Whichever layout you choose, just remember the working triangle of the kitchen. This includes the refrigerator, range and sink. And the rule of thumb is for these main work areas to be close together for better kitchen functionality. - Aislinn Kee


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