Choosing Your Kitchen Layout

Whether you’re looking to install your new ex-display or used kitchen or, wanting to change things up in your current kitchen, this blog post will help you with organising the layout of your kitchen. We will talk about the individual appliances in the kitchen and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of placing them in certain areas around the kitchen. When the kitchen is laid out properly, it makes prepping, cooking and cleaning flow much better, saving you more time!

Layout Types

Kitchen layout drawn+

There are many different configurations that your kitchen can be formatted in, some include, one wall kitchens, galley-shaped, g-shaped, l-shaped and u-shaped. Of course, this depends on the space you have and the shape of the room. No matter what formation you decide to go with, we recommend your kitchen incorporates the work triangle.

The work triangle is one of the most common design elements that is used in kitchens. It is a way of linking the refrigerator, sink and cooking area in the shape of a triangle. The reason for the triangle is because those three areas are the most commonly used areas in the kitchen, creating an easy and accessible flow around the kitchen. The fridge should be at the outer most point of the triangle, so it is the easiest point of access. This means yourself, family and guests can access it easily without obstructing the flow.

 

Where to Place Your Appliances

Blum's dynamic space model for kitchen layouts

Some kitchen designers don’t like to encompass the work triangle, this is perfectly fine and may work better to suit your preferences depending on how you like to operate around the kitchen! For example, Mark Wilkinson design their kitchens to be split up into zones, therefore allowing you to move your way around each zone (linear). This is called the ‘Blum’s Dynamic Space’ format. Watch this video to understand more about Blum’s format.

 

Which Layout Should you Choose?

Kitchen designer choosing the layout of the kitchen

But before you decide whether you want to encompass the work triangle, Blum’s Dynamic Space, or another formatting design, lets first choose what shape kitchen you want. We will briefly go through the pros and cons of each shape and tell you which shape we recommend for the size you have available.

Starting with the most popular L shape, this plan allows you to have two points of the work triangle on one wall and works great if you are trying to create an open space. This shape also works great with an island The u shape or c shape is a great layout for busy chefs! Everything is close by and within easy reach and the three points of the work triangle and by on separate sides. One wall kitchens are quite popular in modern luxury kitchens due to the clean design and open feel it gives to the kitchen. The galley shape is great if you are short on space and because everything is parallel it also very efficient. And lastly, G shape kitchens are great if you want a breakfast bar area and also want unlimited cooking space!

Remember for all the shapes talked about above an island can also be installed to give you more storage and work space.

 

Important Layout Designs to Consider

kitchen layed out with push out drawers and a dishwasher next to a sink

Things that you should consider when formatting your kitchen include, space on both sides of the hob will give you lots of space to put hot pans, placing the oven at eye level means less bending down and having counter space beside the oven will give you space for hot trays. You should also keep cooking utensils, pots and pans close to the hob which means there are easily accessible when needed, storing glasses, plates and cutlery close to the dishwasher will make unloading the dishwasher easier. If possible try and install push out draws, this makes it easier to store and take out things than cupboards. Finally, try to leave filler space between the last cabinet that is against the wall, allowing you to open it fully without trouble.

 

Things You Should Try to Avoid

Kitchen with the oven door hanging off

Things that you shouldn’t do when choosing the layout of your kitchen include, placing the oven, dishwasher or drawers in a corner as they will block adjacent cabinets. Placing the oven next to a wall could cause damage due to the heat. Putting your sink next to a wall will disrupt your workflow and reduce your countertop space.

 

If you would like any more information or help laying out your kitchen, check some of our happy customer’s kitchen transformations here.