For most of the 20th century, kitchens were organized around what’s known as the work triangle — the geometry determined by the sink, range, and refrigerator.
Since most kitchen work is a dance among the three appliances, a good design will make the distances between them comfortable. If they’re too short, the work area will be cramped; if too far, the cook will become worn out trotting between them. The rule of thumb is that the three legs of the triangle should add up to between 12 and 26 feet.
As its name suggests, this design literally takes up only one stretch of wall space. It is good for small homes because everything is packed into a single space. All materials and appliances are also within easy reach. In addition, cleaning up is made fast and simple since there isn’t much ground to cover.
If you’re the type of person who agrees with the saying, “the more the merrier”, then this is the layout for you. Not only is such an arrangement accommodating enough for multiple people to cook at the same time, but there is also enough room for guests to mingle during parties and celebrations.
3. Galley/Corridor Style
Efficient cooking is a given here since this layout takes its name from the gallery, or kitchen, of a ship or airplane. With two separate counters in parallel on both sides of the kitchen, the process of cooking is facilitated. For instance, raw ingredients can be chopped and marinated on one side while something else is brewing in a pot on the stove.
4. L-Shaped + Island
This artful conception is an extension of the L-Shaped layout. Flexibility is maximized here as the raised bar top makes a great place for casual dining or drinks. Cooking, entertaining, and hanging out — you can do all three in the same place.
All solo cooks gather. The U-shaped layout was made for you. As you get your cooking on, feel free to put on the radio and even sing along because this space offers a certain level of privacy and coziness. It’s almost as though you’re in a mini segregated zone.
6. U-Shaped + Island
Calling out to social butterflies who can’t go a day without pouring your hearts out in cheerful conversation with fellow humans. You’d be surprised at how a simple addition of an island transforms the U-shaped layout into one that is fun and interactive. Now more people can sit around to chat, attempt to tweak the recipe for that chicken awaiting to be set in the oven, or, if they want to, help with cleaning up.
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