How to plan an efficient Kitchen layout!

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No room is multi-functional as the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home, that one area that has evolved from the sole purpose of preparing food, share meals to entertaining guests. If you are looking to buy or remodel your kitchen keep in mind the following functional kitchen design tips to make your life easier according to your prerequisites. When it comes to deciding on kitchen design the most important part is the layout. Only the layout of the kitchen will determine how easy it is going to be to cook and socialize in your kitchen – not the colour or its style. We also pay attention as to where we are going to place the appliances, sink/s and the cabinets, and if there are any windows or doors. To make the best use of your available space, while designing your kitchen meticulous attention should be paid as to how and where you are going to place your table and chairs. The most common layouts include the:

  • Galley kitchen
  • U-shaped kitchen
  • G-shaped kitchen
  • L-shaped kitchen
  • I-shaped kitchen or one-wall kitchen
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  • Galley Kitchen

Galley kitchens have the most efficient kitchen layout when it comes to food preparation. The prep area is equidistant from both the cooking and cleaning spaces. This layout doesn’t have room for a dining area and sometimes it tends to limit interaction with the guests. On the other hand, most galley kitchen layouts tend to be open on both sides, rather than just on one end, like this it helps create a connection to the rest of the home. In order to make this style work for modern homes, we have also noticed that it is more practical to add a kitchen table and seating to ensure flexibility.

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  • U-shaped kitchen

For those who love to cook we suggest the U-shaped kitchen as it keeps everything within reach. This layout also known as the C-shaped is the perfect expression of the work triangle. The sleek and modern U-shaped kitchens are also incorporating a peninsula which is a significant part of the kitchen to create a breakfast bench. Most of the time in these kitchens the refrigerator is placed on the wall outside the U, but it is still part of the work triangle giving potential to more counter space. Some U-shaped kitchens also add an island if the space permits. This helps in the kitchens functionality as well as interactivity. Whether the island is used as a working surface, seating, sink or cooktop, the cook is able to get work done while allowing for conversations or help keeping an eye on the family activities.

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  • G-shaped kitchen

The G-shaped kitchen is an extension of the U, as another leg is attached at a right angle. Most of the time this extension is a peninsula, we do not suggest to have a wall or upper cabinets as this would close off the kitchen from the rest of the home. Having a peninsula you can easily include a hob or a breakfast bench.

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  • L-shaped kitchen

L-shaped kitchens are today’s most popular kitchen floor plans, and sometimes they also include an island as part of the design. The island has an important function as it is great for multipurpose kitchens. This kind of layout works best with ample of space, but if adapted well it can fit any kitchen style. People who like to entertain would love this kind of kitchen layout as it is able to incorporate a number of cooks in the kitchen, while it still allows mingling and conversation during family dinner or house party.

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  • I-shaped kitchen or one-wall kitchen

This kind of layout is very popular in small homes. It keeps all the appliances and cooking tools within easy reach and minimizes the visual clutter. More often than not this type of layout offers counter space on both sides of the range, which is an important safety consideration to take note of.

 

Since the kitchen is a high traffic area it is important to give crucial consideration to the kitchen layout before the kitchen design is executed. One should keep in mind that the kitchen layout has to to be comfortable enough and easy to use for everyone.