Best kitchen layout: how to choose the right one for you

23 April, 2020
Amber interiors

Choosing the best kitchen layout for your home requires a lot of thought and research. A kitchen renovation is a big investment. So before you lock in a design, take some time to think about which layout is right for you.

There are a number of things you need to think about when choosing a kitchen layout. Will you be cooking a lot? Do you like to entertain? Generally how many people will be in the kitchen at any one time? And of course, how can you get the most out of the space you have available to you.

Have you heard of the ‘kitchen work triangle’? This is the theory that the best kitchen layouts position the sink, the fridge and the cooking area in a triangle formation. Now comes the maths! Stick with me. Ideally, the sum of those three sides of the triangle would equal no more than 8m. And each side should be greater than 1.2m, but less than 2.7m. The sides do not have to be equal. It just means it’s easier for you to move between the different zones of the kitchen. Here’s some examples of kitchen work triangles.

Kitchen Work Triangle
WHICH KITCHEN LAYOUT IS BEST FOR YOU?
L-SHAPED KITCHEN

L-shaped kitchens work really well if you want to include a dining table in the space as well. They are very open and social. Remember – position your appliances in such a way that you have a good section of uninterrupted bench space for prepping.

L-Shaped Kitchen
ISALND KITCHEN LAYOUT

Families and entertainers will love an island kitchen layout. This style works amazingly well in an open-plan home because it really helps to zone the spaces. Plus, it will also give you more options for creating your work triangle.

island kitchen
Image via Homes to Love
U-SHAPED KITCHEN

More than one cook in your home? Then the u-shaped kitchen could be perfect for you. Depending on how much space you have to play with, you can make a u-shaped kitchen as narrow or wide as you like. It also allows for more cupboards than other layouts.

U-Shaped Kitchen
SINGLE WALL AND GALLEY STYLE KITCHENS

I haven’t forgotten those of you who live in apartments or smaller houses. The single wall or galley style kitchens should be your go-to. These styles will allow you to navigate around your space more easily. Balance is key here. Consider placing your fridge at one end of the wall and a a full length pantry at the other. This avoids one side of the kitchen from looking too heavy.

Galley kitchen
I CAN HELP YOU CREATE THE BEST KITCHEN LAYOUT FOR YOUR HOME

Want a new kitchen but not sure where to begin? Drop me an email. I can help with everything from space planning to choosing tiles and cabinetry. And if you’re looking for a little more inspiration then check out my instagram.

Cover image by Amber Interiors.


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