Kitchen Layout

In this article, we will discuss the various types of kitchen layout used in homes and other buildings.

What is Kitchen?

A kitchen is a separate area or a particular room in a home designed specifically for cooking. The kitchen serves as one of the most important spaces in the house. The kitchen is used all day, from breakfast in the morning to dinner at night.

Kitchens are built into all residential structures. These days, it can be found in a lot of commercial buildings and offices.

A kitchen typically includes a stove, a sink, utensils, a refrigerator, a dishwasher, a microwave, hot and cold water, and other amenities. The kitchen is designed in such a way that all of the above-mentioned equipment can easily fit into it.

A kitchen’s primary functions are to store food and other related equipment, as well as to prepare and cook food. Other than cooking, tasks such as dishwashing are sometimes performed in the kitchen.

Aside from homes and offices, kitchens can also be found in restaurants, cafeterias, hotels, and hospitals. When it is commercially used to serve people, they must pay a certain amount of money.
Different places have various types of kitchens with various types of equipment and appliances. A kitchen in a house, for example, is primarily used for cooking food for 5–10 people.

However, hotel kitchens are designed to serve hundreds of people every day and have large equipment for preparing and cooking food in large quantities, as well as a large space for storage of kitchen appliances and other related items for a large group of people.

Types of Kitchen Layout

There are various types of kitchen layouts built for different purposes. Kitchens are categorized by the arrangement of the kitchen cabinets, refrigerator, stove, and sink.

The following are the different types of kitchen layouts:

  • Galley kitchen or parallel kitchen
  • Straight line kitchen
  • L-shaped kitchen
  • U-shape kitchen
  • Island kitchen
  • Peninsula kitchen

Galley Kitchen or Parallel kitchen

A galley kitchen is defined by two narrow rows of cabinets facing each other, separated by a narrow walkway. The galley layout complements all kitchen styles because it improves cooking safety and efficiency. A kitchen designed in this way can accommodate several cabinets as well as doors or walkways at either end of the run.

All major appliances are stored in tall cabinets that run along the wall. Keep the base cabinets in a heavier, darker material, and the upper cabinet in a lighter color to connect it more to the ceiling. This will also help to alleviate the feeling that you are in a hallway. To keep the space looking neat, try hiding the refrigerator and dishwasher behind cabinet panels.

Straight Kitchen or One Line Kitchen

Elegant and old fashioned! However, it is for this reason that straight kitchens are so practical and simple to use. With this kitchen layout, there will be enough space for all of your functional items and accessories.

For those who prefer simple, minimalist décor and prefer to cook and eat without hassle, this layout is a necessity.

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L-shaped Kitchen

This shape is best suited for small to medium-sized kitchens. To create an L-shaped kitchen that is clutter-free and organized, careful planning is required. In an L-shaped kitchen, creativity is enhanced. The L-shaped kitchen is ergonomically appropriate and allows for a sensible work triangle for preparation, cooking, and cleaning. 

L-shaped KitchenSince this layout type necessitates an excellent floor plan, this type of kitchen design can be matched to any decor. The kitchen must be constructed at the corner where two walls meet perpendicularly for an L-shaped layout to function properly. Additionally, one section of the wall must be twice as long as the other.

U-shaped Kitchen

A U-shaped kitchen is one that has cabinets set up along three of the walls, leaving the entrance door on the fourth side. In this layout, the majority of the space in the kitchen is used for cooking and storage.

U-shaped KitchenThe main benefit of a U-shaped kitchen is that it provides ample workspace, preventing anyone from disrupting your workflow.

U-shaped kitchens are best suited for medium- to large-sized facilities with more than 10 members. These types of kitchens are rapidly gaining popularity around the world.

Island Kitchen

This layout consists of a platform in the center of the kitchen room, surrounded by other arrangements for kitchen appliances and cooking along the kitchen walls.

Island KitchenThe platform in the center is referred to as an island because it is surrounded by water on all four sides. The center platform is similarly isolated in the center of the room.

It is used for a variety of purposes, including cooking, storage, as a simple platform, and occasionally as a table. For larger families, island designs are advised, and they are used in kitchens with more dedicated space.

Peninsula Kitchen

Despite having the primary platform for basic kitchen functions, this particular kitchen layout includes an additional counter attached to the wall.

Peninsula KitchenThis counter is typically used as a breakfast counter or a dinner table for 2 to 4 people. Sometimes it serves as a multipurpose table or counter.

Chairs can also be placed near the breakfast counter. Although this is not a primary requirement, it is commonly used in homes where there is more available kitchen space.

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