6 most popular kitchen layouts

6 most popular kitchen layouts

When choosing the right layout carefully considering the sight lines, traffic flow, entry and exit points, storage space requirement and functionality at the planning stage is very important. 

Our team at Beautiful Kitchen Renovations Calgary & Edmonton has listed below 6 most popular kitchen layouts: 

  • One Wall Kitchen
  • Galley / Passage Kitchen
  • U-Shaped Kitchen
  • L-Shaped Kitchen
  • Island Kitchen
  • Peninsula Kitchen

1. One Wall Kitchen

One wall kitchens are simple layout formats with cabinets installed against a single wall. They are normally found in smaller kitchens. It is important to make them space efficient and functional by having upper and lower cabinets or shelvings. To optimize storage space, you can extend the cabinets up as much as possible or you can use the extra space on top as a display area for aesthetics or to store items that are not used frequently.

2. Galley Kitchen

The term Galley comes from the fact that these kitchens have two parallel rows of cabinet units and countertops with a walking passage between them. To avoid making the kitchen look and feel small, choosing light colors helps and makes the space look airy and open. These kitchens can work best for small spaces but can also be good for medium-sized kitchens. Since is it an enclosed space it does not have the dining area. However it is the preferred design of many professional chefs. 

3. L-Shaped Kitchen

This layout consists of adjacent walls and provides easy access and is considered one of the more efficient, flexible and classic kitchen layouts that work in any sized space. It makes the space look open as opposed to enclosed layouts and allows for the traffic to flow freely. The coveted working triangle allows for easy movement between the three workstations: sink, oven/cooktop and refrigerator. They are usually not recommended for large kitchens as the appliances can look too spread out.

4. U-Shaped Kitchen

This layout consists of cabinets along three adjoining walls. It is sometimes also referred to as the Horseshoe Kitchen. They are ideal for large homes or for ones that like lots of counter space. Many homeowners choose to feature a kitchen island in the middle creating more space for food preparation. Using cabinets on all three adjacent walls can significantly limit your floor area so assessing if U-shaped kitchen is right for your space should be done at the planning stage. 

5. Island Kitchen

A kitchen island is a freestanding unit that adds counter and storage space to your kitchen. What was once an empty space now becomes a highly useful working and storage space. The island can either match your existing kitchen design or compliment it. It is a very popular choice in open plan homes. A kitchen island can house kitchen stools around it to enjoy meals and bar or wine fridge. for extra seating and include integral storage drawers or cabinets and can be used to house your cooking appliances. A feature decorative lighting can be installed above the island in the centre of the kitchen. The light can enhance the aesthetics and also serve as a task lighting.

6. Peninsula Kitchen

A peninsula is similar to island kitchen but instead of free-standing island in the middle of your kitchen, the kitchen counter one end is attached to a wall. It works great for kitchen that do not have space for an independent island. Peninsula provides more workspace for food prep etc.

Contact our kitchen renovation experts in Calgary at Beautiful Renovations and we can help you with the planning of your dream kitchen.