There are a number of recognised types of kitchen layout (as seen below) and your kitchen retailer will help you to decide on the design which will best suit your needs and space.
Please select a kitchen layout from the list below for more information.
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The simplest of layouts is the single galley for narrow rooms. Suitable for one or two people to use at once, single galleys are best planned with the sink in the middle of the line and built-in or built-under appliances to make the most of valuable space. There should be adequate “setting down” space beside or above the oven, plus an area of worktop between the hob and sink.
A double galley, with two facing lines of cupboards, is slightly more versatile with the possibility of the sink opposite the hob, providing the room is not a through-room. There should be at least 1.2m between the two lines of units.
An L-shaped kitchen has cupboards along two adjacent walls and benefits from a lack of through-traffic. The hob, fridge and sink should ideally be separated by areas of worktop, to provide adequate preparation space. A corner cupboard gives the opportunity for a generous amount of accessible storage, either in a carousel or a magic corner.
U-shaped kitchens are an extremely effective design solution, utilising three full walls of a kitchen. The cooker, sink and fridge can all be surrounded by a large amount of worktop and there is usually sufficient space for a good selection of appliances and cupboards. A peninsular unit that juts out into the centre of the room from one end of the L- or U-shape is a particularly effective way of creating additional storage and food preparation space. Often used to separate cooking and dining areas or to create a breakfast bar arrangement, it is worth making cupboards accessible from either side for crockery and cutlery.
A peninsular unit that juts out into the centre of the room is a particularly effective way of creating additional storage and food preparation space.
The remaining standard design is the island layout, which is only suitable for larger rooms. Careful planning is needed to prevent wasted journeys around the island, but it can be used for either storage, a hob or a sink. A stunning cooker canopy can make a focal point of this area of the kitchen.