Welcome back! In our last blog post, we answered the question of “What is the best-sized kitchen?” If you missed it, you should read What Size Should My Kitchen Be? This is a pertinent question that our kitchen remodel company answers a lot, because size does matter. A small kitchen for a foodie may be torturous and a modern family unit may have more needs for their kitchen than just a place to prepare food, eat, and entertain. With this in mind it may be best to answer two questions: “What is the purpose of your kitchen?” and “What is the best-designed kitchen?” Because if the layout of a kitchen is poor, it doesn’t matter how big it is, it may still be a frustrating space to use. Today, we are going to discuss five classic kitchen designs that may fit your needs.

One-Wall Kitchen

The one-wall kitchen layout is exactly what the name suggests: most of the kitchen elements are against one wall. Interestingly enough, this kind of layout is perfect for small and large kitchens.

Pros:

  • Easy traffic flow
  • Provides maximum openness
  • Easiest to design and execute

Cons:

  • Limited counter space
  • Does not utilize the kitchen triangle
  • Difficult to include a seating area

Corridor/Galley-Style

This style of kitchen also serves as a passageway and so is often utilized in smaller-size homes, i.e. condos and apartments because it must provide both purposes. Like the one-wall kitchen, many elements are on one-side of the wall, however it does provide more counter-space than most one-wall kitchen designs.

Pros:

  • Uses the kitchen triangle for best functionality
  • Most area for counters and cabinets

Cons:

  • Not the best layout for two cooks or those traveling through the kitchen
  • The wall at the end of the space can often be wasted
  • Limited space means limited seating

L-Shaped

The L-Shape is the most popular kitchen layout and is often the design that cabinet manufacturers will use when pricing out cabinets. An L-Shaped kitchen will usually have two facing walls that are both utilized for kitchen space, and then two that are open.

Pros:

  • Utilizes the benefits of the kitchen triangle best
  • Can easily serve a kitchen island
  • A seating area is an easy addition

Cons:

  • Kitchen triangle may be quite large, making it less easy to use
  • Some cabinets may be difficult to reach

Double-L

A Double-L is the perfect layout for two workstations, making it a great kitchen design for two cooks. A Double-L easily accommodates all the features that can be included in a kitchen. The Double-L is a sophisticated kitchen style that is growing in popularity, especially with foodies and amateur cooks!

Pros:

  • Provides a lot of counter-space
  • Accommodates a large island
  • Provides space for two sinks, a cooler, and even a second dishwasher

Cons:  

  • This design requires a lot of floor space

U-Shaped

A U-Shape kitchen is a variation of the corridor kitchen shape, but bigger and it utilizes the one wall usually wasted in the Corridor-Style, allowing for more countertops and other kitchen services.

Pros:

  • Utilizes the kitchen triangle so it creates effective workflow
  • Allows extra space for cabinets

Cons:

  • It can be difficult to add an island to this kitchen design
  • A seating area is hard to include in this style.

Choosing the perfect kitchen design for you is all about the amount of available space that you have to dedicate to your kitchen, as well as the uses that the space must serve. It can be overwhelming to choose the right one for you and difficult to know how to evolve your kitchen into that design. That’s where our kitchen remodeling company comes in! The kitchen remodelers at Ward Stone Group Kitchen & Bath are a kitchen remodeling company that can take your project from dream to reality. Come into one of our showrooms in Howell, Oxford, or Okemos and see the possibilities for your space.