Step 3: Choose the Ideal Layout

Once you have measured and drawn out your floor plan, you can start to layout your ideal floor plan for your new kitchen. Your first step in doing this is to understand the work triangle. Your basic work triangle is an imaginary line drawn between your kitchens three primary work areas: food storage (refrigerator), food preparation (stove), and clean-up (sink). Try to keep your work triangle to a size
of 26″ or less, which is the sum of the three legs of the work triangle.

L-shaped Kitchen



The L-shaped kitchen is one of the most popular styles because it is very flexible. Its work triangle is uninterrupted by traffic and there is ample room for appliances. It is ideal for adding a dining area or an island.


U-Shaped Kitchen Design Guide Layout



A U-shaped kitchen surrounds you on all three sides, with storage, countertops, and appliances. This kitchen is a very popular layout because of the compact work triangle it creates. It often contains generous counter space and helps provide an efficient work flow.





The G-shaped kitchen is similar to the U-shaped kitchen in that you still have the same amount of countertop space and storage options that surround the cook on three sides. What the G-shape layout adds is a peninsula or partial fourth wall of additional cabinets.





The galley kitchen is ideal for small kitchens and is incredibly efficient. People walking through the kitchen can get in the cooks way, however, as well as, counters and storage being limited.





The single wall kitchen is ideal for apartments. It provides an open and airy layout with all three work areas being located on one wall.