Kitchen Layouts

Kitchen Layouts

Description
Description

Kitchens, equipped with essential fixtures such as counters, cabinets, appliances (oven, refrigerator, dishwasher), and often an island or breakfast bar, serve as the heart of a home. Kitchen layouts are designed considering the "work triangle" concept, which connects the three primary work areas: the stove, sink, and refrigerator.

The goal is to facilitate easy movement and efficient cooking. Depending on the space, kitchens can be U-shaped, L-shaped, galley, or open plan, among other styles. Additional features might include a pantry for storage or a dining nook for casual meals. Each layout aims to blend functionality, flow, and aesthetics.

History
History

Kitchens began as simple hearths, evolving over centuries into separated rooms where food prep took place. By the 1900s, with advances in plumbing and appliances, they became more functional and organized. The mid-20th century saw popularization of the "work triangle" concept, emphasizing efficiency between the stove, sink, and refrigerator. As lifestyles shifted, open layouts emerged, connecting kitchens to living spaces. From wood-fired stoves in communal settings to modular designs in private homes, kitchen layouts have always reflected society's changing needs and technological progress.

Future
Future

As homes change, so do kitchen layouts. Modern trends lean towards open-plan designs, integrating living spaces for more family interaction and entertaining. Smart technology brings voice-controlled appliances and touch-free faucets, making kitchens more intuitive. With urban living on the rise, space efficiency is key, pushing for multi-functional islands and retractable units. Sustainable materials and energy-efficient appliances cater to eco-conscious homeowners.

Yet, challenges arise: ensuring kitchens remain heartful spaces amidst tech integration, and accommodating diverse cooking habits in increasingly compact urban homes. Regardless, the kitchen's evolution will prioritize usability, comfort, and environmental considerations.

Common Questions
Common Questions
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.

Layouts

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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
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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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
3D
U-Shape Kitchen
Two Row Galley Kitchens
Kitchen layout illustrating the dimensions and measurements of a standard Two Row Galley Kitchen floorplan

Two Row Galley Kitchen layouts are space efficient designs that combine kitchen fixtures into a pair of optimized linear bars. Designed similarly to Single Row Galley Kitchens, Double Row Galley Kitchens require an interior centralized zone that provides user access to each side.

A clearance width between 4’-6’ (1.2-1.8 m) should be provided between the two linear bars to allow users to use and access the kitchen equipment comfortably. Two Row Galley Kitchens have linear lengths that range from 7’-12.5’ (2.1-3.8 m) and should be planned with an overall area of roughly 108 ft2 (10 m2).

Two Row Galley Kitchen layouts are space efficient designs that combine kitchen fixtures into a pair of optimized linear bars. Designed similarly to Single Row Galley Kitchens, Double Row Galley Kitchens require an interior centralized zone that provides user access to each side.

A clearance width between 4’-6’ (1.2-1.8 m) should be provided between the two linear bars to allow users to use and access the kitchen equipment comfortably. Two Row Galley Kitchens have linear lengths that range from 7’-12.5’ (2.1-3.8 m) and should be planned with an overall area of roughly 108 ft2 (10 m2).

Two Row Galley Kitchens
Height:
Width:
12’6” | 3.81 m
Length:
Depth:
8’8” | 2.64 m
Weight:
Area:
108 ft2 | 10 m2

Counter Depth: 2’ | .61 m
Clearance: 4’ | 1.22 m minimum

Drawings include:
Galley | Two Row Kitchen plan

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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

Drawings include:
U-Shape Island Kitchen plan

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Single Row Galley Kitchens
Kitchen layout of a Galley | Single Row kitchen floorplan for efficiency and space saving

Single Row Galley Kitchen layouts are space efficient designs that combine kitchen fixtures into a single optimized linear bar. Similar to Two Row Galley Kitchens, Single Row Galley Kitchens require an adjacent zone for user access.

A clearance width between 4’-6’ (1.2-1.8 m) should be provided in front of a Single Row Galley Kitchen to provide sufficient access to the kitchen equipment. Single Row Galley Kitchens have linear lengths that range from 7’-12.5’ (2.1-3.8 m) and should be planned with an overall area of roughly 75 ft2 (7 m2).

Single Row Galley Kitchen layouts are space efficient designs that combine kitchen fixtures into a single optimized linear bar. Similar to Two Row Galley Kitchens, Single Row Galley Kitchens require an adjacent zone for user access.

A clearance width between 4’-6’ (1.2-1.8 m) should be provided in front of a Single Row Galley Kitchen to provide sufficient access to the kitchen equipment. Single Row Galley Kitchens have linear lengths that range from 7’-12.5’ (2.1-3.8 m) and should be planned with an overall area of roughly 75 ft2 (7 m2).

Single Row Galley Kitchens
Height:
Width:
12’6” | 3.81 m
Length:
Depth:
6’ | 1.83 m
Weight:
Area:
75 ft2 | 7 m2

Counter Depth: 2’ | .61 m
Clearance: 4’ | 1.22 m minimum

Drawings include:
Galley | Single Row 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

Drawings include:
L-Shape Kitchen plan

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L-Shape Island Square Kitchen
Dimensioned floor plan drawing of an L-Shape Kitchen layout with Square Island

L-Shape Kitchen Islands (Square) are common kitchen layouts that use two adjacent walls, or an L configuration, to efficiently array the various kitchen fixtures around a square island counter. Spatially flexible for multiple variations of lengths and depths, L-Shape Kitchen Island designs provide increased work space, table surfaces, and seating options for kitchen a range of activities.

A minimum clearance aisle of 3’6” (1.07 m) is required in front of an L-Shape layout, with recommended widths from 4’-6’ (1.2-1.8 m). An efficient L-Shape Kitchen Island (Square) has matched lengths of 11’ (3.35 m) and should be planned with an overall area of roughly 121 ft2 (11.2 m2).

L-Shape Kitchen Islands (Square) are common kitchen layouts that use two adjacent walls, or an L configuration, to efficiently array the various kitchen fixtures around a square island counter. Flexible for multiple variations of lengths and depths, L-Shape Kitchen Islands provide extra surfaces.

A minimum clearance aisle of 3’6” (1.07 m) is required in front of an L-Shape layout, with recommended widths from 4’-6’ (1.2-1.8 m). An efficient L-Shape Kitchen Island (Square) has matched lengths of 11’ (3.35 m) and should be planned with an overall area of roughly 121 ft2 (11.2 m2).

L-Shape Island Square Kitchen
Height:
Width:
11’ | 3.35 m
Length:
Depth:
11’ | 3.35 m
Weight:
Area:
121 ft2 | 11.2 m2

Clearance (Working): 3’6” | 1.07 m
Island Counter Width: 5’6” | 1.68 m
Island Bar Stool Spacing: 30” | 76 cm

Drawings include:
L-Shape Island Square Kitchen plan

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