What Is The Best Layout For A Kitchen

With your kitchen being an area of high activity in your home, it is important to find out how to design a kitchen, even if you are using a kitchen architect or designer.

Understanding the process involved can provide your designer with a detailed brief or help you in designing your dream kitchen.


This part of the house is more than just where you keep all the appliances and food and cook. Do you require the additional counter space or utility room to conceal your washer?

Will your loved ones eat in the kitchen and if so how do you want them to enjoy the area? You might begin to design the kitchen of your dreams by taking into consideration the aesthetic features such as the details on the countertops and sink, materials and color schemes.

However, first, you should consider the layout of the kitchen.

There are lots of layouts and choices when it comes to designing a kitchen. To construct the best kitchen, you need to consider the role this area plays in your house.

  • Will you use the kitchen on only special events or daily for cooking?
  • What is the amount of storage space do you require (under-counter or overhead cabinets)?
  • Are appeal and design more essential or is the ability to cook for quests and ease of cleaning essential?

Here are kitchen layouts that will work well in all types of domestic kitchens:

  1. A gallery is usually the best choice of the professional chef as they help in making the kitchen a working space instead of a socializing area. These kitchens do not need as much floor area as U-shaped and L-shaped; however, do not have trough-traffic aisle area.
  2. Where you would like to create a space divider in an open plan or you have two walls, an L-shaped kitchen is the best option.
  3. Single line or straight kitchens feature everything made available along a single wall. They are for the most part installed in spots where there is limited space.
  4. In a bigger kitchen, a U-shaped layout is perfect. For this design, you require two walls and sufficient space for three connected walls or a peninsula room divider. U-shaped kitchens are common in bigger open plan home layouts.

Where Should The Sink Be Placed In A Kitchen?

When you are coming up with a kitchen layout, most designers put the sink first and then start designing from there. While this is most likely rooted in from those days when people spent hours scrubbing dishes, it remains the best rule of the thumb.

The refrigerator and oven are important to help you prepare food; however, one way or another, the sink appears to still be an area where most people spend the most time.

Consider putting the sink where there is a view into your room or out a window. Another ideal location for a sink is a kitchen island.

What Is The Kitchen Triangle Rule?

This layout connects the three primary work-spaces in your kitchen; the fridge, the range, and the sink. As a general rule, the distance between the three areas has to be no less than four feet and no bigger than nine feet.

The total of the triangle’s three sides has to be between 12 and 26 ft. If the distance is very small, it will make your kitchen feel blocked and overcrowded. If it is very big, it can make cooking difficult.

Why You Need To Consider the Work Triangle

This is something to consider when redesigning your kitchen. Maintaining a specific amount of room between the primary working spots will make cooking simpler and will help reduce traffic in your workspace.

Work Triangles Basics:

Based on design principles, the typical kitchen work triangle entails:

  • Home traffic should not flow through the kitchen work triangle.
  • No hindrances (islands, cabinets, etc.) should crosscut a work triangle’s leg
  • The sum of the triangle’s three sides should be between 12 ft. and 26 ft.
  • Each of the triangle’s leg should be between four and nine feet

Additionally, there have to be four to nine feet between the fridge and stove, four to six feet between the stove and sink, and four to seven feet between the sink and fridge.

What Is The Best Size Of A Kitchen?

Whether it is small, medium, or large, the kitchen can be made to look stunning and suit your needs, as well.

  1. Small: Carefully and Comfortably Designed.

If the kitchen is small, try stealing some room from an adjacent closet or pantry, or even some feet from the next room. If there is no way of borrowing additional square footage, check if you can visually open up the area.

Install a skylight, enlarge or add a window, break through the ceiling, or even break through an inner wall into the next family or dining room that will help in creating visual expansion.

To make the most of the work area, think about a peninsula with hinged, hooked-down parts or an island. To maximize the storage area, run cabinets up to your ceiling. After that, use pot racks and other overhead hooks that use ceiling space.

Cupboards and attire drawers with smart interior fittings; lazy susans, dividers, and so on, help in keeping clutter away and prevent visual clutter with pale, solid hues that blend into each other.

For a kitchen option, incorporate a slim snack bar, which has overhanging counters that lets the stools be hidden away from view. And enjoy the benefits that small kitchens offer: They are naturally comfortable friendly and step-saving.

  1. Medium: Comfortable and Convenient.

Many households have medium-size kitchens that with a small amount of smart enhancement, will work like large ones.

In both old and new homes, opening your kitchen to an adjacent sitting room will create a “great room” effect that provides the roomy feeling of a big kitchen. Other design techniques will make the medium size kitchen appear even larger and better.

For instance, place the kitchen stove, not in the center. By making the most of every smart, in-drawer solution of storage that is recommended for small kitchens, you can save adequate space for a large-kitchen choice such as desk nook or a second sink.

If an island occupies lots of space, think about a serving counter/snack bar on the family side space and a practical, tiered peninsula with the workspace on your kitchen side. Other dining choices include a table with a built-in banquette or a built-in dining nook with a peninsula table or bench seating on the other.

When you are decorating, make sure you keep patterns simple and colors light to make the most visual roominess. However, if your kitchen opens into an adjacent room, you should repeat a few elements in both rooms for continuation.

  1. Large: Entertaining and Impressive.

Today’s kitchens are spaces for watching television, doing homework, space for cooking individually or as a family, enjoying hobbies, and more are all part of the wish lists of most people, which translates into rooms that are larger than before.

Nowadays, new houses usually have ample sized kitchens. In older houses, space for a large kitchen usually comes from construction. More room lets homeowners indulge in more working surfaces (granite for daily great looks, marble for making pastry, butcher block for cutting, and more).

Big kitchens feature plenty of space for amenities like a side-by-side, full-size refrigerator; more than one sink or wall oven; high-tech fridge drawers situated within cabinets anywhere in your room; strategically placed islands plus a second dishwasher.

Other choices include a computer workstation or built-in desk, an informal dining space, and a comfy breakfast bar or snack bar.

Additionally, a large kitchen lets more freedom in design and decoration. This can include sharply contrasting patterns and colors, dramatic decorative effects, and wall colors and dark cabinets, to suit your needs.