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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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
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Width: 15’ | 4.57 m
Depth: 10’4” | 3.15 m
Clearance (Working): 3’6” | 1.07 m
Center Island Depth: 4’10” | 1.47 m
Center Island Width: 4’ | 1.22 m
Area: 155 ft2 | 14.4 m2

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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
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Length: 12’6” | 3.81 m
Counter Depth: 2’ | .61 m
Total Depth: 6’ | 1.83 m
Clearance: 4’ | 1.22 m minimum
Area: 75 ft2 | 7 m2

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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
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Width: 10’6” | 3.2 m
Depth: 10’2” | 3.15 m
Clearance: 5’ | 1.53 m minimum recommended
Area: 107 ft2 | 10 m2

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U-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
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Width: 11’ | 3.35 m
Depth: 11’ | 3.35 m
Clearance (Working): 3’6” | 1.07 m
Island Counter Width: 5’6” | 1.68 m
Island Bar Stool Spacing: 30” | 76 cm
Area: 121 ft2 | 11.2 m2

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L-Shape Island Square Kitchen plan

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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
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Length: 12’4” | 3.76 m
Width: 10’6” | 3.2 m
Island Counter Depth: 3’4” | 1.02 m
Bar Top Depth: 1’4” | 41 cm
Clearance: 3’ | .91 m minimum
Area: 109 ft2 | 10.1 m2

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Broken Peninsula Kitchen plan

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