June 21, 2019 | Updated: February 11, 2022
The contemporary kitchen is at the heart of the home, not just a place for cooking and preparing food but for dining, socialising and hanging out.
Given its importance, it’s no surprise that the kitchen is now a design statement as well as a functional working space. For anyone embarking on a new build project or a refurbishment of an existing kitchen, one of the most important aspects to consider is the layout.
All kitchen layouts should respect the triangulation rule. According to this principle, the sink, the hob and the fridge are laid out in a triangular configuration. This ensures optimum use of space, efficient functioning and is a determining factor in all kitchen designs.
Every space is unique, so when planning a kitchen layout, we must take into account the location of structural elements. That is to say, walls, doors, and window openings.
The first step before deciding on a kitchen layout is to collect all the relevant dimensions. Next, we must put everything within the area down on square grid paper. Not forgetting to include door swings. With this information, you can then decide on the best layout. Bearing in mind that standard kitchen worktops are 600mm deep.
That depends on the space available and the lifestyle of each individual. However here below we have collected the classic kitchen layout ideas and options one of which will be right for your space.
The galley kitchen is a linear layout with a double line of kitchen units (one side facing the other). It gets its name from the typical ship’s quarters.
This is favoured by professionals and is undoubtedly the most efficient use of space for a small kitchen layout. However, for an open plan arrangement, it may not be the most suitable.
The worktop is configured like a U with wall cabinets above and below. The sink is typically installed against an exterior wall, with a window above.
The standard triangular layout works extremely well with this configuration. It also makes the best use of available space.
The L-shaped layout is highly functional, as it maximises the available space. In other words, it leaves more space for other areas, such as the dining or living area.
It is important to ensure that different materials reflect different uses and that a sufficient worktop surface is provided. Also, keep in mind that in a kitchen, there is no such thing as too much storage.
Recently, the kitchen island is becoming increasingly popular. The beauty of this approach is that the island provides additional storage and worktop space. It can also be used as an informal dining table with high stools. Usually, the worktop is 900mm above ground level.
A minimum of 1100 mm should be left between the island and any other feature. This will make it possible to open appliances and cabinets. Furthermore, it will allow multiple cooks to work side by side without bumping or knocking.
Without a doubt, the kitchen can represent a significant investment. That is why we recommend that you hire a professional to handle your project.
However, one of the most enjoyable parts of the process is looking for kitchen layout ideas. And trying out different options before consulting a professional can save time.
Why not start by downloading our kitchen planner?