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Top 6 Kitchen Layouts You Need to Know




If you’re planning a kitchen, there are a few essential kitchen layouts you need to know. You may start with the style but what makes a kitchen enjoyable has little to do with the way it looks. The perfect layout is what makes a kitchen functional and we’re gonna show you how.




Functionality is key to your kitchen’s success


Kitchen design has evolved through time and so has the layout. Our lifestyles are different than before and our daily routine is more complex. We have gone a long way from the time when one person prepared meals in a limited space to a social all-purpose space.


We all know that kitchen planning has to meet all your specific needs. But, unfortunately, planning relies heavily on the amount of space you have. So before you make any big decisions and get carried away with the aesthetic, here are the basic kitchen layouts. 



Single Wall Kitchen Layout

Small Single Wall Kitchen


  • Single wall kitchens were originally called “Pullman kitchens.” This layout is generally found in studio or loft spaces because it’s a real space saver. 


  • Cabinets and appliances are all located on a single wall. 


  • Most modern designs come with a twist and they also include an island which gives that extra special look and feel.




Galley Kitchen Layout

White Galley Kitchen
White Galley Kitchen


  • A walk-through kitchen consists of two walls opposite each other or two parallel countertops with a walkway in between them. 


  • The galley kitchen is perfect for a small apartment. If you’re the only cook in the house, this could be the best solution for you. 


  • A bonus for your budget is that there are no corner kitchen cabinets or lazy susan cabinets, making for a less complicated installation that’s easy on the wallet.




L-Shaped Kitchen Layout

Nelson Cabinetry White Shaker L-Shape Kitchen Collection with Wall Open End Shelf and Decorative Base Wall Panels
Nelson Cabinetry White Shaker L-Shape Kitchen Collection with Wall Open End Shelf and Decorative Base Wall Panels


  • An L-shaped kitchen solves the problem of maximizing corner space with the use of corner kitchen cabinets. This is a particularly functional design for small and medium-sized kitchens. 


  • The versatile L-shaped kitchen consists of countertops along two adjoining walls that are perpendicular to each other, forming an L. For this layout, it’s important to maximize your storage space with corner base cabinets.


  • This layout will cut traffic: The kitchen won’t become a thoroughfare because it’s not logistically possible. 




U-Shaped Kitchen Layout

Nelson Cabinetry Gray Shaker Kitchen Collection U-Shape Kitchen with Glass Door Cabinets
Nelson Cabinetry Gray Shaker Kitchen Collection U-Shape Kitchen with Glass Door Cabinets


  • This style is ideal for people who have a lot of space and need considerable storage. The U-shaped kitchen offers counters and workspaces on 3 walls with the option of adding an island in the middle.


  • Adding an island can provide a place to eat, prepare food and so much more. The island can turn a one-wall kitchen into a galley style, and an L-shaped layout into a U-shaped layout.


  • A U-shaped kitchen is an ideal solution for homeowners who see the kitchen as a social place for everyone.




Peninsula Kitchen

Kitchen Peninsula
Kitchen Peninsula


  • A peninsula kitchen involves connecting an island to the rest of the kitchen, converting an L-shaped layout into a U-shaped layout, or turning a U-shaped layout into a G-shaped design.


  • This option is ideal if you want an island to work on or eat but don’t have the space to build one out in the middle of the room.


  • This design will give you a modern look if you want to connect the living room with your kitchen without taking up too much space.



Two Island Kitchen

Creating a kitchen island is easier than it seems.


  • This design is the most extravagant of them all and requires a massive kitchen with a large open space in the middle.


  • The two-island kitchen layout makes a lot of sense for extra-large spaces because one large island can become impractical.


  • If you’re wondering what to do with 2 separate islands, here’s a tip: one can be for cooking and one for eating. Or maybe one for the kids to mess up and one to keep nice. The idea is appealing but requires some planning.




Make the best of your space





These examples are the most popular and traditional approaches for kitchen layouts. Some are simple, while others are more complex-we hope you have found some new inspiration for your next kitchen renovation. And remember, if a layout looks great on Pinterest or Instagram, it doesn’t mean it will meet your needs and that it’s perfect for you. That’s why it’s very important to have a personalized approach. So try our Free 3D Kitchen Design and see how your ideal kitchen layout will look with Shaker kitchen cabinets.




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