Common Kitchen Layouts
If you’re building your dream home, or just making dramatic changes to the home you have, it’s important to get things right the first time—especially in the kitchen. Most people place heavy importance on the look and craftsmanship of their kitchens, and for good reason: a beautiful, modern kitchen is what future homeowners desire most, and will pay the most to acquire.
But in all the talk of granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, kitchen layout can become secondary. This is, by far, the most overlooked aspect of kitchen renovation. After all, what’s the point of having a brand new kitchen if it doesn’t function the way you need it to?
Don’t worry—Niron Depot has you covered with a guide to the most common kitchen layouts, and how they might be right for your home.
The Golden Triangle of Kitchens
The golden triangle of kitchen layouts places the oven, refridgerator, and sink at three points of a triangle, separated by useful counter space. This concept allows for kitchen users to move efficiently between kitchen appliances, while having enough counter space to accomplish a variety of tasks. For example, it’s most efficient to dice onions for a pan on a counter space adjacent to the stove where the pan is heating. Similarly, it makes the most sense for someone who is plastic-wrapping a pie that’s about to sit in the fridge to do that task on a counter adjacent to that fridge.
While not all kitchens can utilize the golden triangle, it is certainly the foundation for most kitchen layouts and universal kitchen productivity.
An L-shaped kitchen is a great option for those who need ample workspace, as well as easy access and openness to nearby areas of the home. Utilizing two adjoining walls with a fridge and oven on each each of the “L”, this style of kitchen offers useful counter space near the sink and stove for an optimal cooking experience, and provides the user an efficient golden triangle layout.
For added counter space for cooking and entertaining, an island with a kitchen sink upholds the values of the golden triangle, introduces valuable cabinet storage, and keeps your kitchen space open to other areas of the home.
For those with enclosed kitchen areas with three walls, a U-shaped kitchen is a versatile layout that maximizes productivity without taking up too much space. This layout works for both large and small kitchens, and provides a more equilateral golden triangle with ample corner counter workspaces between appliances. However, microwaves and large kitchen appliances, like juicers and mixers, can take up a great deal of counter space, so mounting your microwave above your oven and leaving cabinet space open for your larger kitchen gadgets will keep your kitchen running smoothly with this particular layout.
A G-shaped kitchen is similar to a U-shaped kitchen, but with an additional fourth wall, or peninsula, adding a wealth of deep corner cabinet space. Many G-shaped kitchens cover all four walls of an enclosed room, leaving just enough room for a doorway. This can be a nice layout for large, enclosed spaces, but is often too cramped for smaller spaces. If four walls of countertops is what you desire, adding a window-like opening to another room about your counter will make your kitchen feel more open and airy.
Single Wall Kitchen
A single wall kitchen is, by definition, more of a kitchenette, with the three major appliances stacked side-by side with barely any counter space in between. This style of kitchen completely ignores the golden triangle, and only works for small in-law apartments, basement bar additions, or unapologetically minimalist cooks. If you have a wealth of pots, pans, and kitchen gadgets, this is not the layout for you.
Double Wall (Galley) Kitchen
A double wall, or galley kitchen is the most seaworthy of kitchen layouts due to its ability to cram a lot of storage and countertops into a small space. This layout has a compact, useful golden triangle, and is best installed with ceiling-high cabinets to for the best use of space. Unfortunately, this layout can be very cramped, especially if you can only enter the galley from one side. This is a one-cook kind of kitchen, at most.
Build the best layout with Niron Depot!
No matter the layout or the budget, choose Niron Depot in Aurora for your cabinets, countertops, floors, and kitchen design needs. Our five-step design program will help you choose a layout that’s right for you, and will give you the ability to customize and tailor your kitchen installation to unique room shapes of any kind. Not sure which layout is right for your space? Our expert staff members have the experience and kitchen savvy to help you choose the best kitchen layout for your needs. Contact us, and lay out the path to a new kitchen today!