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A guide to the most popular kitchen layouts

When it comes to bespoke kitchens, you always have to consider the layout as one of the most important factors of functionality and practicality. Regardless of the size of the room, there are possible layouts to make the most of the space. There is more to layout than just furniture placing and cabinetry location. Ergonomics and visual aesthetic play an increasingly important role.

With all of that in mind, there are a few popular layouts that you can use as a basis of your bespoke kitchen. Which one you choose will largely determine the usability of the room and how well you will feel about it.

Here are a few of the most popular kitchen layouts:

Galley kitchen

A galley kitchen is essentially two rows of cabinets opposing each other, with a passage (the galley) between them. Because such design doesn’t count on corner cupboards, it allows for clever usage of every millimetre of the space. It is cost-efficient too, since it doesn’t rely on too many gadgets. The extra row of cabinetry makes such kitchen quite versatile and flexible. Storage space shouldn’t be an issue, and it is easy to create separate cook areas for multiple people to work in.

One-wall kitchen

This is the go-to design for small kitchens, providing a simple and efficient layout. This sort of kitchen has cabinets installed against a single wall, with lower and upper side usually. This provides a clean look, often made more aesthetically pleasing with shelving on the top side. Utilising vertical space in these kitchens is very important. Cabinets should go up as far as possible to provide extra storage. With this kitchen, it is not possible to do a typical work triangle, so being clever with the positioning of the fridge, oven and sink is very important.

L-shaped kitchen

This is practical approach for both big and small kitchens. The L-shaped design includes cabinets along the side of two perpendicular walls. Using the corner to your advantage is of utmost importance. One way to utilise it is to use walk-in pantry cupboard, which makes it so that no corner space is lost. The L-shape also makes it possible to have a breakfast nook in the opposite corner, making the space even more versatile.

L Shaped KitchenU-shaped kitchen

This layout is the go-to option for bigger kitchens, where space is not an issue. The design often boils down to cabinetry along the three adjacent walls. There is a ton of storage space available, but often times such kitchen can feel rather enclosed. Therefore, expert kitchen designers recommend some open shelving on some of the walls, and some focal points on the walls. If there are windows on any of the walls, they should be free and not too busy. The kitchen triangle can be implemented with ease, so making the best use of it is important.

Island kitchen

For more of an open plan choice, the island kitchen is the best pick. It revolves around the middle of the kitchen, where an island sits for extra storage and work surface. Islands are quite the versatile addition to any kitchen and can serve a plethora of uses. It can be a food prep area, or a dining area. It can be equipped with sink or an oven for cooking purposes. The island creates natural flow through the area and serves as a social hub where people can interact.

All of these kitchen layouts present great ways to design the space and make the most of it. Which one serves you best depends on your preferences and the way you use your kitchen.

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