The layout of your kitchen will help you decide where different aspects of the kitchen will be located because of certain restrictions. For example, the sink will be placed closest to the water outlet. Since most of us live in apartments where we do not have the freedom to start from scratch and build any layout we want, it is likely that the general shape of the kitchen will be decided for us by the builders. Nevertheless, as much as possible, try to keep the ‘Golden Triangle‘ in mind while planning the kitchen.
The six most common modular kitchen layouts are the L-Shaped, Straight Line, U-Shaped, Parallel or Galley, Island, and Peninsula – each of these has its own advantages and makes use of the work triangle differently.
This is one of the most commonly found kitchen layouts. The L-shaped Modular Kitchen layout is ideal for smaller homes as it makes maximum use of the available floor space. It gives you maximum storage and lets you easily incorporate a small dining table within your kitchen.
Unlike other layouts, this type of kitchen does not employ a work triangle as such – the workflow is based on a straight line. This layout is ideal for studio and loft apartments – it keeps your kitchen space to a minimum while still maintaining optimum efficiency.
If your home has a large kitchen space, you might be able to fit a U-shaped kitchen layout in it. This layout has the most efficient work triangle and provides the most storage space as well (with plenty of upper, lower cabinets and tall units as well). You will also be able to have plenty of counter space, making it ideal for more than one person to use the kitchen at a time.
When it comes to cooking, the parallel kitchen is quite possibly the most efficient layout. With two, long working areas that face each other, it can be split into ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ workspaces. It provides lots of counter space, storage and allows plenty of room for movement as well. The parallel kitchen is suitable for most types of homes and is easily adaptable to your needs.
For many people, getting an island kitchen is the dream! It’s a beautiful, contemporary option if you have the space for it. It combines either a straight line or an L-shaped kitchen model with an unconnected island space. The island can be used as an extra counter area or breakfast nook, bar counter, or your favorite baking nook. It can also be equipped with a sink or stovetop. With two opposing working areas and storage spaces, this kitchen layout is ideal for open-plan living and for entertaining. Because of their multiple uses, these kitchens become the heart of the home, where the entire family gathers to cook, eat and converse.
Similar to an island kitchen, a peninsula kitchen layout has a free-standing workspace that provides a secondary counter, work, or entertainment area. Unlike an island, this peninsula is connected to the main workspace; making it accessible from three, rather than four sides. Often considered the ideal layout for homes with small kitchen areas, the peninsula provides all the advantages of an island worktop while utilizing less floor space.
Now that you know the basics of the different kitchen layouts, take a look at your floor plan and see which will suit it and your needs the best. If you need any help with your kitchen design, the experts at HomeLane are always available to take over the reins and create the best kitchen possible for you.
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