6 Type of Kitchen Layouts

The kitchen is one of the most important space of a house and should be designed and renovate carefully. In order to make a kitchen livable has little to do with the way it looks, and everything to do with functionality.

A kitchen is more than a place to cook and keep all your food and appliances. While designing your kitchen, you should consider the aesthetic features like the color schemes, materials and the details on the sinks and counter tops, and most importantly you need to think about the layout. I will discuss with you, 6 kitchen layout ideas, that should give you an inspiration of the right option, fits your needs and space.

1.    One Wall/Straight Kitchen

A straight kitchen is a one-wall kitchen layout, with counter space on both sides of the cooking range. This type of kitchens are ideal for small kitchen areas, especially in apartments, small span houses etc. his design can include cabinet storage and convenient placement of appliances and cooking implements, for easy reach. It can even be hidden behind sliding or rolling doors to minimize visual clutter in a small, open space such as a studio apartment.

This is the most common type of kitchen being used all over the world. Reason behind this is, one, it is easy to fit in any kind of planning, two, it is easy to plan in itself, three, whatever it may, it does not affect to the aesthetics of the house. This kitchen has everything that is required but is still beautiful besides it’s alignment.

2.    Island Kitchen

An island kitchen is a type of a kitchen that has an island means a place that is centrally located that might not attached to the kitchen the slab. It allows free access to the island from all sides makes moving around in the kitchen easier. It can be used for storage, or as for a seating slab.

A kitchen island is an interesting concept that adds workstation in the kitchen and can also act as a dining area. The island is basically an additional space for food preparation and cooking support for quick meals, especially with small and working families. More innovative designs could include a sink or waste disposal unit for cutting vegetables and fruits, with drawers to keep utensils, cutlery or cutting implements. The countertop is usually elevated up to waist  and flitted with overhead lights.

3.  U-Shaped Kitchen

A U-shaped kitchen layout resembles a parallel kitchen but with one end closed off and the other open. It consists of work space on three adjoining walls, two parallel walls perpendicular to a third. This kitchen format allows plenty of space for storage, cooking, prepping, and maybe even a small eating area at one end. A U-shape kitchen can accommodate most of the required kitchen appliances and also give you ample space for wall cabinets. A U-shaped kitchen layout is one of the basic kitchen layouts and is a useful and versatile layout for a small, medium or large kitchen.

4.   Galley /Parallel Kitchen

This  kitchen layout is possibly the most efficient of all kitchens when it comes to principal use of the kitchen: cooking. This kitchen layout has two long parallel working areas that can be divided in wet and dry areas. The main platform can be used for washing and cooking, whereas the opposite platform can be make use of as an additional workspace, or for keeping appliances. Alternatively, you could also turn one of the walls with cabinets and appliances into an island for a more enjoyable and friendly version of a parallel kitchen

5.  G shaped/Peninsula Kitchen

This layout is similar to a parallel kitchen without one wall; the free standing workspace or the peninsula extends from a side wall or cabinet with access from three sides. Unlike a kitchen island, a kitchen peninsula is connected to the main kitchen on one side. The peninsula could be an extra workstation with cabinets or a table top for quick meals. It can also be used as an area to wash with a sink, or as a cooking area with a stovetop. Ideal for homes with small kitchen space; a peninsula can have all the resourcefulness of an island worktop, but with less floor space.

6.  L-shaped kitchen

With the increase in open-room and studio-style living and the decline of the formal dining room, open floor plans and L-shaped kitchens have become very popular. An L-shape kitchen provides a continuous working platform, making it a convenient workspace.

6.  L-shaped kitchen with an island

An L-shaped kitchen layout with an island workspace provides for maximum flexibility in cooking, and entertaining side by side. A kitchen island is a countertop unattached to the main kitchen area, with access from all sides. The L-shaped kitchen shown here has three distinct zones, with enough space between them for free movement. The island, with its under-counter storage, provides additional space in the kitchen that can also be used as a breakfast counter. The additional island space can be designed in different ways to suit personal preferences. For example, some people would prefer to have the cooking range or the stove on the island, so that they can face the rest of the house while cooking. While some would prefer using it as a dining space that is close to the cooking area, yet exclusive.

Distributing kitchen according to their type:

Now, I’m going to discuss with you; the kitchen according to their types.

1.    Traditional Kitchen

Traditional type of kitchen has that aesthetic appeal resembling to the past, or can be said derived from the past. The interior has the arches, the ancient contemporary materials being used for wall, floor and roof finishes. These kitchens look very beautiful, elegant and also impart the feel of traditionalism and culture.

Traditional Vs. Transitional Kitchen

8.    Transitional Kitchen

These types of kitchen are considerably modern and can be seen often. These types of kitchens are space friendly and occupy minimal space; adorned with all the basic amenities.

5.    Modular Kitchen

These prefabricated kitchens comes in various shapes, sizes and forms. Modular kitchen is combination of standard and interconnected cabinets, hardware and accessories. Interconnection makes all of them function like a single large structure. Other than regular and separate units, it is easy to manufacture, easy to transport, easy to install, easy to re-install and easy to maintain. It is designed for specific functions such as drawer unit, sink unit, gas cylinder unit, corner unit etc.

9.    Dining Kitchen

Kitchen combined with a dining area, i.e. a place where food can be eaten, is known as dining kitchen. It is usually adjacent to the kitchen for convenience in serving, although in previous times it was often on an entirely different floor level. People who love to eat freshly cooked food and or one who like to work and entertainment together, this type of kitchen is a preferable choice.

7.    Large Kitchen

Large kitchens are pretty common these days as the people have started realizing more than just a cooking  place. These kitchens have a larger area and can be beautifully designed according to the requirements of the place and users.

2.    Small Kitchen

Small kitchen requires maximum intelligence and tactful planning to utilize that small space efficiently and use every inch of the space in it. A small kitchen might include some cabinets, and a stove, a ventilator, and a sink.

Kitchens are the most important part of a building, whether be residential or commercial. So, design it according keeping in mind that the user feels relaxed while working in there, rather feeling suffocated. Hope, this post has helped you in selecting a kitchen layout best fit your needs and goes with your house architectural design too.