Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s the shape that determines how well your kitchen works for you. A good place to start is with your zoning priorities. Do you want an area for casual entertaining? A place to supervise kids’ homework while you cook? Plenty of storage? Efficient cleaning up space?
Our friendly Kitchen Craftsmen team have all the answers and helpful advice, like how to play your sink-cooktop-fridge work triangle. Pop in and chat to them, and consider which of these common shapes may be best for your beautiful new kitchen.
This makes use of three walls or cabinet sections, giving you substantial storage space. The U-shape is great for families who spend time together in the kitchen. It works well as a separate area, or within an open plan design. You’ll have a good deal of benchtop space, and often a convenient breakfast bar too.
A U-shaped kitchen can however feel more cramped than some of the other kitchen layouts. Corners may restrict movement, and make corner cupboards a little more difficult to access. Unless your U-shaped kitchen is very large, it won’t easily accommodate an island bench. If it’s very large, your work triangle is spread out.
For today’s contemporary homes and lifestyles, the L-shaped kitchen is a great choice as it only uses two walls, opening up central space. You can add an island bench or even a casual table and chairs – perfect for those who love to cook and socialise. An L-shape transforms your kitchen into a relaxed hub, and is ideal for a corner space, and for open plan living. It makes an excellent layout choice for smaller homes and apartments.
If workspace is a priority, you will need to add an island bench, and this may not suit your cooking or entertaining style. Some people find an L-shape inconvenient with the placement of sink, cooktop and fridge creating extra walking between them.
This layout is hands down one of the most functional. Today’s modern galley kitchens maximise space very well, and they can feel bigger with one side opened up to provide seating space and a connection to the rest of the home. The galley layout means you have the shortest, fastest access to everything, creating a smooth workflow. Appliances can be well integrated with your benchtop space, and all cupboards effortlessly accessible. It’s no surprise most chefs prefer to work in this layout!
For some people, the compact design and size can be a drawback. While it’s efficient, you may prefer to have more space to move around and interact with family and friends while you cook or entertain. And you may require more storage and counter space. A small island on wheels can add space to a galley kitchen, but you will need enough room to move around it.
This format is perfect for small spaces and apartments. With all your appliances and cabinetry built along just one wall, space is very efficiently used. Designs are innovative with many clever storage solutions using vertical drawers. A single-wall kitchen is popular when paired with an island bench for more food prep and entertaining space. It’s not designed for a traditional work triangle, and it suits plain, basic cooking styles.