Your kitchen layout is the look or shape that is created when your large appliances, storage, and countertop are arranged in your kitchen. You have several different layouts to choose from. Your choice can depend on your personal style, kitchen size, and amount of use that your kitchen will get. Before changing your current look, determine what is working and what is not working with your space. Is there something that always seems to get in the way, or something that is too far away when you are cooking? Do you find that your kitchen feels full when a small number of people are in it? Here are some layout styles to consider.


This type of layout is one of the more popular ones and can work in kitchens that are various sizes. For this type of kitchen, you will want to find two walls that run perpendicular to each other (creating the “L”). An L-shaped kitchen can accommodate two cooks at the same time with minimal chance of being in each other’s way.


An Island kitchen allows for use of major appliances, storage, or a sink area to be in the middle of the kitchen. You can also go the route of more counter space. When you are designing your island kitchen, you need to make sure that all the surrounding appliances will be able to fully open and be operational. Additionally, you will need to determine water and electrical needs as well.


A U-shaped kitchen allows for counter/workspace on both sides and in front of the cook. Normally, there is enough space in the middle for all the appliances to be used easily and for additional people to be in the kitchen without being in the way. With the amount of counter space this creates, there is ample storage ability on the counter and in the cabinetry below.


If your space might be smaller, you might consider a galley layout. This creates a workspace on either side but allows for a complete walkthrough in the middle. Again, you need to make sure that all the appliances are free and clear of each other and can open fully to be utilized optimally. You could have a wall on either side or only have one wall and the other side be treated similar to an island look. You need to review the space you want to put this in and consider your storage needs as well.