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Kitchens plans: 5 key layouts

Has the time come to change your kitchen plan? What a great project! But what layout is best suited to your space and best meets your needs among all the possibilities? Here are 5 major kitchen layouts and their features, to help you make an informed choice.

A kitchen’s layout is above all influenced by your home’s architecture and the available space. Certain changes can still be made, but they will first require a careful review of the space, your lifestyle, expectations and needs.

A kitchen in the shape of an L, a U, an I? An island? Let’s have a look at the different possible layouts.

1. The L: All-time classic

4. The I: Simplicity

2. The U: Ultra-efficient

5. The double I: Lab

3. The G: Cocoon

1. The L: The all-time classic

The L-shaped kitchen is built against two walls, forming a right angle. Since it can adapt to all kinds of spaces – small, square, rectangular – it’s no surprise it’s the most popular configuration. This type of kitchen allows for short and efficient distances between the different areas, from the stove to the fridge, to the sink. To increase your work surface area, you can add a small island with an integrated dinner table.

2. The U: Ultra-efficient

Shaped like a U, this kitchen is laid out against three walls, thus providing great freedom of movement and a lot of efficiency: Everything is within reach. It’s the perfect plan to optimize available space in small or medium-sized square rooms. As a bonus, this type of configuration offers nice storage options. A piece of advice? In the corners, forget about cabinets with shelves and opt for a pivoting storage system.

3. The G: The cocoon

The G-shaped kitchen is a bit like the U, but with a 4th section called a return. This “return” is often a meal corner or a simple additional work surface facilitating food preparation. This plan is perfect for bigger rectangular spaces and allows for opening the kitchen onto a living space (living room/dining room). It perfectly delineates the function of the spaces while remaining a concept.

4. The I: Simplicity

This kitchen is laid out against a single wall. It’s the perfect plan for tight spaces and small apartments. The advantage? You know exactly where things are at first glance. The proof that you can benefit from simplicity and efficiency all at once.

5. The double I: The lab

The lab-style kitchen is set up along two parallel walls. Limiting the comings and goings, this plan allows for the installation of a bigger workspace, with more room for storage and appliances than the I-shaped kitchen. This configuration is suited to rooms with wider hallways of about 8 feet.

The island: Inviting and practical!

Adding an island has many benefits, including bringing people together. According to the use you want to make of it, the island allows you to increase work surface and integrate certain appliances like a stovetop and microwave. The island could also just as well accommodate a sink and dishwasher.

Everything is always a question of space and choices. Need help? The kitchen designer is an expert in the matter.