Kitchen efficiency does not depend on the size or shape of the space at your disposal: it is down to good planning. Each of these six types of kitchen layout is based around the principle of the ‘work triangle’ and will result in a practical, hard working kitchen.
- A simple layout that is good for narrow rooms or for a kitchen that forms part of an open floor plan space.
- Ideally requires 3m (10ft) of uninterrupted wall space.
- The longest stretch of worktop should be between oven and sink.
- Requires built-in or built-under appliances.
- A practical, efficient layout that is good for small or narrow spaces. Worktops are arranged on both sides of the room, facing each other.
- Ideally requires at least 1.2m (4ft) of space between facing units.
- A versatile layout for kitchens that are integrated with living or eating areas. Cupboards are usually arranged along two adjacent walls.
- Hob, refrigerator and sink should be separated by lengths of worktop to provide enough preparation space.
- Carousel units can be used in the corner to exploit all available space.
- An adaptable layout that suits both large and small spaces. Appliances and units are fitted on three full walls.
- Maximizes preparation area and storage space.
- For long, thin spaces or large kitchens, arrange the layout so that the work triangle is at the bottom of the U to keep distances manageable.
- A generous, open layout that is suitable only for larger spaces. A central island within an L-Shaped or U-Shaped layout creates a separate working area around which people can gather.
- The hospitable and inclusive layout allows the cook to remain in touch with guests. Good for open floor plan kitchen/eating areas.
- Islands can be used to house a hob or sink. Plumbing and electrical connections will need to be routed under the floor.
- Simpler islands provide storage and extra preparation space.
- A variant on the L-Shaped or U-shaped layout, the peninsula kitchen includes a worktop that juts out.
- The peninsula can serve as a breakfast bar or counter on one side and help to screen kitchen activity from view. It can also accommodate one of the three main activity zones.