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 then that the kitchen is nowadays a design statement as much as a practical 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 layout. All kitchen layouts should respect the triangulation rule, whereby 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.
Design your own kitchen layout
Every space is unique with the location of structural elements, walls, doors and window openings to take into account when planning a kitchen layout. The first step before deciding on a kitchen layout is to collect all the relevant dimensions and put everything within the area down on square grid paper. Not forgetting to include door swings. With this information then decide on the optimum layout, keep in mind that standard kitchen worktops measures 600mm in depth.
Which kitchen layout is right for you?
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
Named after the practical restraints of the typical ship’s quarters the galley kitchen describes a linear layout of either a single line of kitchen units or a double line (one side facing the other). 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 U shape layout kitchen
The worktop is configured like a U with wall cabinets above and below. The sink is usually placed in an external wall with a window above. The typical triangular layout works extremely well with this configuration and also represents an optimum use of space.
The L shaped kitchen configuration
Depending on the relationship with the rest of the space the L shaped layout can be effective by maximising the space available for other uses such as dining or living areas. Care should be taken to make sure that different uses are reflected by different materials and that sufficient work top surface is provided. Also remember that there is no such thing as too much storage in a kitchen.
The kitchen island
Recently the kitchen island is becoming increasingly popular, the beauty of this approach is that the island provides additional storage and work top 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 1100mm should be allowed for between the island and any adjacent linear kitchen elements, for opening appliance and cabinets and allowing more than one cook to work side by side. If the hob is included in the island adequate ventilation and extraction is crucial.
Kitchen layout planning inspiration
Without doubt the kitchen can represent a significant investment so working with a professional is recommended. 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 download our kitchen planner and get started.