When planning your kitchen renovation, the best place to start is with the layout. Our kitchen serves many purposes; it’s a place to cook, but in many homes it’s also a storage area, a casual hangout area for the family, and an entertaining space for friends.
With so many boxes to tick, it’s important you choose the right layout to make your kitchen as functional as possible. So, what are your options and which is best for you?
Considering your kitchen design
Before we dive into the different kitchen layouts, take time to assess the space available to you, and what you want from your new kitchen.
Size and shape
The dimensions of your kitchen will go at least part way to deciding your layout. For example, if your kitchen is particularly narrow or small, you’ll need to think more carefully about how to maximise your wall and floor space.
For an open plan space you may want to create a layout that naturally separates the kitchen from the living area, while unusual features like sloping ceilings or pillars will provide their own challenges.
You should also bear in mind the location of your kitchen windows and how work units can be arranged to let as much natural light in as possible.
The flow of the room is another important consideration, particularly if you intend for your kitchen to be a social area. Not only do you want clear access between all your cupboards and appliances, you’ll also need to ensure children and guests can easily move around the kitchen without getting in the way.
Think about how you can position commonly used components at the edges of the kitchen so people can reach them without properly entering, and how you can use units or decor to differentiate between zones.
Choosing your layout
Once you’ve got a handle on what you want from your kitchen layout, let’s take a look at the typical layouts and which would work best for your space.
All decided on a kitchen layout? Time to pick your kitchen style…