Design Your Own Kitchen Layout

Design Your Own Kitchen Layout

Common Kitchen Layouts One-Wall Kitchen Galley U-Shape U-Shape & Island G-Shape L-Shape L-Shape & Island Deciding on a layout for a kitchen is probably the most important part of kitchen design. It’s the layout of the kitchen—and not its color or its style—that determines how easy it is to cook, eat and socialize in the kitchen. At the most basic level, the layout addresses the placement of the appliances, the sink(s), the cabinets, the counters, the windows and doors, and furniture such as a kitchen table and chairs. If you’re building a new home or adding on, you have the luxury of choosing the layout that works best for you and your family. If you’re remodeling, the structure of the existing home will limit the options. The most common kitchen layouts include the one-wall kitchen, the galley kitchen, the U-shaped kitchen, the G-shaped kitchen, and the L-shaped kitchen—some of which can also incorporate an island. Read on to find out the pros and cons of each option, as well as some tips for coping with the layout you already have.
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Design Your Own Kitchen Layout

Deciding on a layout for a kitchen is probably the most important part of kitchen design. It’s the layout of the kitchen—and not its color or its style—that determines how easy it is to cook, eat and socialize in the kitchen. At the most basic level, the layout addresses the placement of the appliances, the sink(s), the cabinets, the counters, the windows and doors, and furniture such as a kitchen table and chairs. If you’re building a new home or adding on, you have the luxury of choosing the layout that works best for you and your family. If you’re remodeling, the structure of the existing home will limit the options.
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Design Your Own Kitchen Layout

With an L-shaped layout, you’ll eliminate traffic: The kitchen will not become a thoroughfare because it’s just not logistically possible. Plus, you can easily add a dining space and multiple work zones to this layout. However, avoid this layout if your kitchen is large and can support other configurations, such as adding an island, or if multiple cooks will be using the space. Download a sample floorplan.
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Design Your Own Kitchen Layout

Home Plan Your SpaceWork Triangle & Kitchen LayoutsKitchen Layouts Kitchen Layouts Overview Work Triangle Kitchen Layouts Getting Started With Kitchen Layouts In larger kitchens, an island (or two) can break up the space in attractive ways, help direct traffic, provide convenient storage, and present the chef with useful countertop work space that borders (but does not block) the work triangle. For good traffic flow, islands should have at least 3 or 4 feet of aisle on each side. A small peninsula may be a good alternative to an island in kitchens where space is limited. Never put an island in a kitchen where two points of the work triangle are on opposite walls; it will get in the way. As you move items around in the plan, always remember your work triangle. Basic Kitchen Layouts There are four main kitchen layouts: “Galley,” “L,” “U,” and “G” (Peninsula). Each accommodates a work triangle in its own way. Galley L-Shaped U-Shaped G-Shaped (Peninsula) Efficient, but counter space is limited and foot traffic can be disruptive. Popular. No foot traffic crosses through work triangle. Lots of counter space. Surrounds the cook with appliances and counter space. Ideal for an island if the “U” is big enough. Cozy. Lots of counter space. Links the kitchen to the dining area with a common counter surface. Build Your Own Now that you’ve seen some of the options available, you can design your own kitchen with our helpful Start Your Floor Plan tool. Start Your Floor Plan Now
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Design Your Own Kitchen Layout

Now it’s time to do some designing. To design your own kitchen, start with some graph paper and your initial sketch of the space you have available. Start with the basic kitchen layout that seems best from your research and the notes and lists you have made so far. Don’t worry, you need not make a layout choice yet. I encourage to experiment with a few of the layouts before making your choice.
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Design Your Own Kitchen Layout

Kitchen Layouts Overview Work Triangle Kitchen Layouts Getting Started With Kitchen Layouts In larger kitchens, an island (or two) can break up the space in attractive ways, help direct traffic, provide convenient storage, and present the chef with useful countertop work space that borders (but does not block) the work triangle. For good traffic flow, islands should have at least 3 or 4 feet of aisle on each side. A small peninsula may be a good alternative to an island in kitchens where space is limited. Never put an island in a kitchen where two points of the work triangle are on opposite walls; it will get in the way. As you move items around in the plan, always remember your work triangle. Basic Kitchen Layouts There are four main kitchen layouts: “Galley,” “L,” “U,” and “G” (Peninsula). Each accommodates a work triangle in its own way. Galley L-Shaped U-Shaped G-Shaped (Peninsula) Efficient, but counter space is limited and foot traffic can be disruptive. Popular. No foot traffic crosses through work triangle. Lots of counter space. Surrounds the cook with appliances and counter space. Ideal for an island if the “U” is big enough. Cozy. Lots of counter space. Links the kitchen to the dining area with a common counter surface. Build Your Own Now that you’ve seen some of the options available, you can design your own kitchen with our helpful Start Your Floor Plan tool. Start Your Floor Plan Now
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Design Your Own Kitchen Layout

Overview Work Triangle Kitchen Layouts Getting Started With Kitchen Layouts In larger kitchens, an island (or two) can break up the space in attractive ways, help direct traffic, provide convenient storage, and present the chef with useful countertop work space that borders (but does not block) the work triangle. For good traffic flow, islands should have at least 3 or 4 feet of aisle on each side. A small peninsula may be a good alternative to an island in kitchens where space is limited. Never put an island in a kitchen where two points of the work triangle are on opposite walls; it will get in the way. As you move items around in the plan, always remember your work triangle. Basic Kitchen Layouts There are four main kitchen layouts: “Galley,” “L,” “U,” and “G” (Peninsula). Each accommodates a work triangle in its own way. Galley L-Shaped U-Shaped G-Shaped (Peninsula) Efficient, but counter space is limited and foot traffic can be disruptive. Popular. No foot traffic crosses through work triangle. Lots of counter space. Surrounds the cook with appliances and counter space. Ideal for an island if the “U” is big enough. Cozy. Lots of counter space. Links the kitchen to the dining area with a common counter surface. Build Your Own Now that you’ve seen some of the options available, you can design your own kitchen with our helpful Start Your Floor Plan tool. Start Your Floor Plan Now
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Design Your Own Kitchen Layout

What’s cool about RoomSketcher Home Designer, compared to other online kitchen planners, is that you can create amazing room images with it – like the ones in this article. There is an integrated camera tool that you can use to take snapshots of your kitchen design and view any part of your kitchen as if you are actually standing there. This is so helpful when kitchen planning. You can adjust the camera height and aperture to get wide-angle view of your kitchen or zoom in to see details close-ups. Snapshots make it easy to visualize your kitchen design ideas. Save your favorite Snapshots to the Image Gallery to compare different kitchen design options and find the ones that will work best for your kitchen.
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A peninsula is basically a connected island, converting an L-shaped kitchen layout into a horseshoe or U-shape. In many kitchens that have this layout, the peninsula serves as a room divider that separates the kitchen from a dining or living room area, as seen in this design.
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Room Divider A peninsula is basically a connected island, converting an L-shaped kitchen layout into a horseshoe or U-shape. In many kitchens that have this layout, the peninsula serves as a room divider that separates the kitchen from a dining or living room area, as seen in this design.
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Kitchen Planning Tip: You may want to create two kitchen floor plans – one of your existing kitchen and one of your new kitchen design. Having both will help salespeople, suppliers and/or contractors to see more accurately what you need to create your kitchen design. This will save you both time and money when kitchen planning. And best of all, it’s easy to do using Home Designer – just create a new level to make a copy of your kitchen floor plan and start your new kitchen design.
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In this layout, the peninsula converts an L-shaped kitchen into a G-shaped design, adding more space to prepare food and entertain family and guests. The design also serves an aesthetic purpose. The organically shaped butcher block bar works well with the tumbled slate backsplash, giving this kitchen a modern country feel. Design by Judith Balis.