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Kitchen Design - Step 1: Common Kitchen Layouts

While your existing room layout might determine the layout or shape of your kitchen, you may find that you are able to play around with the layout at the design stage.  A good kitchen designer will be able to advise you on this and will be able to explain the pros and cons of various layouts for your kitchen.  Of course if you are building a new home or adding a kitchen extension, you will have more flexibility at the kitchen design stage and the larger the space to work with the more options you will have.  The most common kitchen design layouts are One Wall Kitchens, Galley Kitchens, L-Shaped Kitchens, U-Shaped Kitchens, G-Shaped Kitchens, Kitchen With Island Unit and Kitchen With Peninsula.

Below is an illustration and description on all.

L Shaped Kitchen Layout L-Shaped Kitchen Layout

The L Shaped Kitchen is a common layout found in a lot of kitchens in Ireland.  Typically with this kitchen layout, the kitchen sink will be positioned under the window with the cooker placed on the adjacent wall.  The fridge freezer can be placed on either wall but will usually be placed on the longest one as shown on this illustration.

Galley Kitchen 

Galley Kitchen Layout

A Galley Kitchen layout is usually favoured when the room is a little narrow and there is not enough room to return units around the corner.  This usually means that the sink and cooker are placed on opposite walls to each other.  Sometimes a galley kitchen can be the only option but it is not ideal.  My problem with galley kitchens is that you have to turn to go from the sink to the cooker and vice versa which is not ideal if there is high traffic volume through the kitchen from a door at one end as shown in the illustration.  This can be dangerous when bringing a hot pot from the cooker over to the sink area.

One Wall Kitchen Layout 
One Wall Kitchen Layout 

With a One Wall Kitchen you will find all the main areas such as the kitchen sink, cooker and fridge freezer all on the same wall.  This kitchen design layout is usually only used when there is simply no room for more units.  The disadvantage with this layout is that most of the space is taken up with the main appliances which can result in a lack of worktop space.  Just remember that the most of the worktop space is needed near the cooker for food preperation.

 U Shaped Kitchen Layout

U Shaped Kitchen Layout

The U Shaped Kitchen Layout is again a very common and popular kitchen layout.  The obvious advantage of it over the L Shaped Kitchen Layout is the fact that there is typically more worktop space available.  You can also place the three main kitchen areas, the sink, the cooker and the fridge freezer, on different walls as shown in the illustration.  This of course doesn't have to be the case but this kitchen layout does offer more flexibility.

Kitchen With Island Unit 

Kitchen With Island Unit

An Island unit in a kitchen can offer great advantages.  First of all it can provide more storage and food preperation worktop space.  Secondly, it can be a place to position a hob or even the sink, freeing up worktop space in the main kitchen.  Thirdly, it can be a place to sit and eat or have your morning coffee at.  If you put an island unit in a kitchen you will notice it is the place where everyone in the house gathers.  Just make sure there is a minimum of 900mm between the main kitchen units and the Island unit although in my experience up to 1200mm is ideal.
Kitchen With Peninsula Units Kitchen With Peninsula

If an Island unit won't fit in your kitchen, the a peninsula area may the an ideal solution.  They don't take up as much room as an Island but you still get all the benefits as mentioned above.  A Peninsula area is also the perfect way of seperating a kitchen and dining area but still providing a link between the two.
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