Kitchen layouts are designed to be adaptable to many varied floor planning scenarios and can be adjusted accordingly. These standard types of kitchen layouts offer flexibility to your spatial and structural constraints while maintaining the standard proportions and sizes of the kitchen fixtures themselves.

What are the factors to consider when planning a kitchen layout?

The first factor to consider is the available space and intended use of that space as all people cook and use kitchens differently. After, comes placement of necessary appliances such as a dishwasher, refrigerator, and sink. Between these appliances, specific areas should be designated to indicate prepping, cooking, baking, and to organize tools among these zones. Other important factors include the availability of a work surface, efficient storage, and quality lighting.

How do you design a small kitchen?

A single row or one-wall kitchen is considered the most suitable layout for a small kitchen. All necessary equipment and storage can be found in this design although it is noted to be lacking in sufficient counter space. A kitchen cart with the top surface used as a butcher block can be an efficient addition. An L-shaped layout is another option for designing a kitchen within a small space by maximizing the use of a corner. In both cases, the opposite empty wall can feature a table that can fold down when not in use.

What is modular kitchen design?

Modular kitchen design features small modules that together, form a kitchen that increases space, storage, and efficiency. The layout of a modular kitchen can be broken down into set sections and as such, make for easy installation and repetition in production. For example, a modular kitchen cabinet is a stand alone and pre-made element that can enhance functionality for the user by meeting individual needs.

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10’6” | 3.2 m
12’4” | 3.76 m
109 ft2 | 10.1 m2
Broken Peninsula Kitchen
320.000
376.000
10.10
3D
Broken Peninsula Kitchen
13’ | 3.96 m
12’4” | 3.76 m
136 ft2 | 12.6 m2
G-Shape | Peninsula Kitchen
396.000
376.000
12.60
3D
G-Shape | Peninsula Kitchen
13’ | 3.96 m
8’10” | 2.69 m
115 ft2 | 10.7 m2
L-Shape Island Rectangle Kitchens
396.000
269.000
10.70
3D
L-Shape Island Rectangle Kitchens
11’ | 3.35 m
11’ | 3.35 m
121 ft2 | 11.2 m2
L-Shape Island Square Kitchen
335.000
335.000
11.20
3D
L-Shape Island Square Kitchen
12’10” | 3.91 m
8’8” | 2.64 m
111 ft2 | 10.3 m2
L-Shape Kitchen
391.000
264.000
10.30
3D
L-Shape Kitchen
12’6” | 3.81 m
6’ | 1.83 m
75 ft2 | 7 m2
Single Row Galley Kitchens
381.000
183.000
7.00
3D
Single Row Galley Kitchens
12’6” | 3.81 m
8’8” | 2.64 m
108 ft2 | 10 m2
Two Row Galley Kitchens
381.000
264.000
10.00
3D
Two Row Galley Kitchens
15’ | 4.57 m
10’4” | 3.15 m
155 ft2 | 14.4 m2
U-Shape Island Kitchen
457.000
315.000
14.40
3D
U-Shape Island Kitchen
10’6” | 3.2 m
10’2” | 3.15 m
107 ft2 | 10 m2
U-Shape Kitchen
320.000
315.000
10.00
3D
U-Shape Kitchen
G-Shape | Peninsula Kitchen
Floor plan drawing of a G-Shape | Peninsula kitchen layout with dimensions for clearance and size

G-Shape Kitchens, also known as Peninsula Kitchens, are kitchen layouts that continuously locate cabinetry and fixtures along three adjacent walls and ends in a bar counter extension. Popular for efficiently combining an additional seating area and work counter with a U-Shape layout, the G-Shape Kitchen can easily support multiple people at a given time.

A minimum central width of 5’ (1.53 m) must be provided for use, but it is recommended that this interior zone be enlarged to between 6’-8’ (1.8-2.4 m) in the short direction to provide adequate room for multiple people to move comfortably. A minimum passage aisle of 3’ (.91 m) must be maintained between the edge of the bar counter and nearby cabinetry. G-Shape Kitchens have overall widths that range from 13’-16’ (4-4.9 m) and depths from 12’-15’ (3.7-4.6 m). G-Shape Kitchens should be planned with an overall area of roughly 136 ft2 (12.6 m2).

G-Shape Kitchens, also known as Peninsula Kitchens, are kitchen layouts that continuously locate cabinetry and fixtures along three adjacent walls and ends in a bar counter extension. Combining an additional seating and work space with a U-Shape layout, the G-Shape Kitchen supports functionality.

A minimum central width of 5’ (1.53 m) must be provided for use, but it is recommended that this interior zone be enlarged to between 6’-8’ (1.8-2.4 m) in the short direction to provide adequate room for multiple people to move comfortably. A minimum passage aisle of 3’ (.91 m) must be maintained between the edge of the bar counter and nearby cabinetry. G-Shape Kitchens have overall widths that range from 13’-16’ (4-4.9 m) and depths from 12’-15’ (3.7-4.6 m). G-Shape Kitchens should be planned with an overall area of roughly 136 ft2 (12.6 m2).

G-Shape | Peninsula Kitchen
Height:
Width:
13’ | 3.96 m
Length:
Depth:
12’4” | 3.76 m
Weight:
Area:
136 ft2 | 12.6 m2

Island Counter Depth: 3’4” | 1.02 m
Clearance (Access): 5’ | 1.53 m minimum recommended
Clearance (Passage): 3’ | .91 m minimum

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U-Shape Island Kitchen
Dimensioned layout drawing of a U-Shape Kitchen plan with central island

U-Shape Kitchen Islands are continuous kitchen layouts that locate cabinetry and fixtures along three adjacent walls around a centralized island counter.

A minimum aisle width of 3’6” (1.07 m) must be provided for use, but it is recommended that this zone be enlarged to between 4’-6’ (1.2-1.8 m) to provide greater access and movement space for multiple people around the island. U-Shape Kitchen Islands have widths that range from 15’-18’ (4.6-5.5 m) with overall depths and island dimensions that vary as needed. U-Shape Kitchen Islands should be planned with an overall area of roughly 155 ft2 (14.4 m2).

U-Shape Kitchen Islands are continuous kitchen layouts that locate cabinetry and fixtures along three adjacent walls around a centralized island counter.

A minimum aisle width of 3’6” (1.07 m) must be provided for use, but it is recommended that this zone be enlarged to between 4’-6’ (1.2-1.8 m) to provide greater access and movement space for multiple people around the island. U-Shape Kitchen Islands have widths that range from 15’-18’ (4.6-5.5 m) with overall depths and island dimensions that vary as needed. U-Shape Kitchen Islands should be planned with an overall area of roughly 155 ft2 (14.4 m2).

U-Shape Island Kitchen
Height:
Width:
15’ | 4.57 m
Length:
Depth:
10’4” | 3.15 m
Weight:
Area:
155 ft2 | 14.4 m2

Clearance (Working): 3’6” | 1.07 m
Center Island Depth: 4’10” | 1.47 m
Center Island Width: 4’ | 1.22 m

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U-Shape Kitchen
Kitchen layout illustrating the dimensions, measurements, and sizes of a standard U-Shape Kitchen floorplan

U-Shape Kitchens are continuous kitchen layouts that locate cabinetry and fixtures along three adjacent walls in a U-Shape arrangement. Flexible for multiple variations of lengths and depths, U-Shape Kitchen designs often incorporate central island counters for increased work space and table surfaces.

A minimum central width of 5’ (1.53 m) must be provided for use, but it is recommended that this zone be enlarged to between 6’-8’ (1.8-2.4 m) to provide sufficient access and movement space for multiple people. U-Shape Kitchens have widths that range from 9’-12’ (2.7-3.7 m) and depths that vary as desired. U-Shape Kitchens should be planned with an overall area of roughly 107 ft2 (10 m2).

U-Shape Kitchens are continuous kitchen layouts that locate cabinetry and fixtures along three adjacent walls in a U-Shape arrangement. Flexible for multiple variations of lengths and depths, U-Shape Kitchens often incorporate central island counters for increased work space and table surfaces.

A minimum central width of 5’ (1.53 m) must be provided for use, but it is recommended that this zone be enlarged to between 6’-8’ (1.8-2.4 m) to provide sufficient access and movement space for multiple people. U-Shape Kitchens have widths that range from 9’-12’ (2.7-3.7 m) and depths that vary as desired. U-Shape Kitchens should be planned with an overall area of roughly 107 ft2 (10 m2).

U-Shape Kitchen
Height:
Width:
10’6” | 3.2 m
Length:
Depth:
10’2” | 3.15 m
Weight:
Area:
107 ft2 | 10 m2

Clearance: 5’ | 1.53 m minimum recommended

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Broken Peninsula Kitchen
Dimensioned floor plan drawing of a Broken Peninsula Kitchen layout with measurements for width, length, and clearance

Broken Peninsula Kitchens are kitchen layouts that split cabinetry and fixtures along two parallel walls with one wall ending in an extended bar counter. Based on the G-Shape Kitchen layout, Broken Peninsula Kitchens remove kitchen equipment from the back wall for greater movement space or for passage.

A minimum central width of 5’ (1.53 m) must be provided for use, but it is recommended that this interior zone be enlarged to between 6’-8’ (1.8-2.4 m) in the short direction to offer additional room for multiple people to move comfortably. A minimum passage aisle of 3’ (.91 m) must be maintained between the edge of the bar counter and nearby cabinetry. Broken Peninsula Kitchens have an overall width that ranges from 10’-13’ (3-4 m) with a depth from 12’-15’ (3.7-4.6 m). Broken Peninsula Kitchens should be planned with an overall area of roughly 109 ft2 (10.1 m2).

Broken Peninsula Kitchens are kitchen layouts that split cabinetry and fixtures along two parallel walls with one wall ending in an extended bar counter. Based on the G-Shape Kitchen, Broken Peninsula Kitchens remove kitchen equipment from the back wall for greater movement space or for passage.

A minimum central width of 5’ (1.53 m) must be provided for use, but it is recommended that this interior zone be enlarged to between 6’-8’ (1.8-2.4 m) in the short direction to offer additional room for multiple people to move comfortably. A minimum passage aisle of 3’ (.91 m) must be maintained between the edge of the bar counter and nearby cabinetry. Broken Peninsula Kitchens have an overall width that ranges from 10’-13’ (3-4 m) with a depth from 12’-15’ (3.7-4.6 m). Broken Peninsula Kitchens should be planned with an overall area of roughly 109 ft2 (10.1 m2).

Broken Peninsula Kitchen
Height:
Width:
10’6” | 3.2 m
Length:
Depth:
12’4” | 3.76 m
Weight:
Area:
109 ft2 | 10.1 m2

Island Counter Depth: 3’4” | 1.02 m
Bar Top Depth: 1’4” | 41 cm
Clearance: 3’ | .91 m minimum

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Broken Peninsula Kitchen plan

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L-Shape Kitchen
Kitchen layout illustrating the measurements, sizes, and dimensions of standard L-Shape Kitchen floorplan with island

L-Shape Kitchens are common kitchen layouts that use two adjacent walls, or an L configuration, to efficiently organize the various kitchen fixtures. Flexible for multiple variations of lengths and depths, L-Shape Kitchen designs often incorporate additional Island Counters (rectangle, square) for increased work space and table surfaces.

A minimum clearance aisle of 3’6” (1.07 m) is required in front of the L-Shape layout, with recommended widths from 4’-6’ (1.2-1.8 m). L-Shape Kitchens have long linear lengths that range from 8’-13’ (2.4-4 m) and short lengths of 3’-9’ (.9-2.7 m). L-Shape Kitchens should be planned with an overall area of roughly 111 ft2 (10.3 m2).

L-Shape Kitchens are common kitchen layouts that use two adjacent walls, or an L configuration, to efficiently organize the various kitchen fixtures. Flexible for multiple variations of lengths and depths, L-Shape Kitchen designs often incorporate additional Island Counters for more surface area.

A minimum clearance aisle of 3’6” (1.07 m) is required in front of the L-Shape layout, with recommended widths from 4’-6’ (1.2-1.8 m). L-Shape Kitchens have long linear lengths that range from 8’-13’ (2.4-4 m) and short lengths of 3’-9’ (.9-2.7 m). L-Shape Kitchens should be planned with an overall area of roughly 111 ft2 (10.3 m2).

L-Shape Kitchen
Height:
Width:
12’10” | 3.91 m
Length:
Depth:
8’8” | 2.64 m
Weight:
Area:
111 ft2 | 10.3 m2

Counter Depth: 2’ | .61 m

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L-Shape Kitchen plan

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