5 Different Types of Kitchen Layouts
If you’re looking to rent or buy a new home in Brisbane, Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast there are several different kitchen layouts to choose from.
This important consideration will determine how easy it is to cook, eat, and socialise in your kitchen space. Ideally, where will your appliances go and where will the sink, cabinets, and furniture be positioned?
Of course, if you live alone and just plan on cooking in your kitchen, your requirements will be different to a family wanting to sit around the kitchen table for dinner each evening…
Here are five of the most popular layouts for kitchens to consider:
The one-wall kitchen
The one-wall kitchen layout is ideal for small apartments and units where one person generally prepares food and does the cooking. Everything in the kitchen is within easy reach; smart use of storage space with sliding or pocket doors keeps things looking neat and tidy; and well-chosen appliances mean you make the best possible use of space.
The galley kitchen
The galley kitchen is where appliances are on one side, counter space on the other, with a corridor in the middle for people to walk and work. It is usually open on one end (sometimes both ends). This layout takes its name from the ship’s galley, where space was at a premium, and is often used nowadays in restaurants. There’s not much room to do anything but prepare and cook food in galley kitchens.
The U-shaped or ‘horseshoe’ kitchen
Small U-shaped kitchens are ideal for a single cook, though larger ones have more scope. This design is essentially a widened-out galley layout that is open to the living space on one end. It’s possible to create seating space by turning one ‘leg’ of the ‘U’ into a ‘peninsular’ bench by removing the wall and cabinetry.
The L-shaped kitchen
L-shaped kitchens have become more popular as the use of separate dining rooms has declined. These kitchens are often large enough to allow several people to prepare and cook food and to include a dining or entertaining area. Obviously the larger the length of the ‘legs’ the more space is available but it is a very open design that generally provides good roominess.
The G-shaped kitchen
The G-shaped kitchen layout is where a fourth ‘leg’ is added to the U-shaped kitchen. This acts as a ‘peninsular’ extending part of the way across the open area, adding extra seating space for guests or space for a second cook to get working.
In the case of the U, G and L-shaped kitchens, the addition of an island can help with seating and creating extra work space, extra storage space or room for another appliance. Some islands are movable but the space still needs to be big enough to accommodate them.
Aussie Cut specialises in the manufacture of high quality, precision, flat pack kitchens for homes in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. We are happy to advise on your kitchen layout and to help with kitchen ideas for your home. Call us on (07) 3889 9577 for more information.