It’s time to remodel your kitchen, and you want it to feel just right for you. Where do you start? Ideally, your kitchen should look good, be easy to work in, and welcome your family and friends. Deciding on the layout of a kitchen is the perfect place to start your remodel. You only have so much space, and you want to make the most of it!
Here we explain the basics, complete with inspiring photos so you can make the most of your 10×12 space. In this article, we explore what makes a kitchen functional for cooking, sharing food, and enjoying good company. Here you will find eight different layout ideas so you can determine which layout best fits your needs.
Kitchen Layout Basics
Here are some objectives for kitchen layouts. The first and most important objective is creating a functional work triangle. It should not be intercepted by foot traffic. The work triangle includes the refrigerator, sink, and stove, with the sink ideally in the middle.
Another key objective is creating space for people to sit, share conversation and food. This space should not conflict with foot traffic and should suit the needs of your friends and family. The third objective is making sure there is ample counter space for preparing food. The last objective is to consider storage that works for you!
There are five basic kitchen layouts. Here we will explain all of them using eight stunning examples and discuss what advantages each has. We also explain out-of-the-box layouts that step outside of the basic layout guidelines so you can understand all your options and chose the one that suits your needs.
1. The L-Shape Layout
The L-shape kitchen has the work triangle in the center of the ‘L,’ and there is plenty of space for cabinets around the work triangle. There might be some counter space for preparing food in your kitchen. If there is not, consider a movable island like the one in this picture which provides more counter space and shelving! Offer a guest some wine at your kitchen island. There is plenty of space for you to maneuver in the work triangle so your guest can relax and chat.
2. The Kitchen Island
Before jumping into the next kitchen layout, let’s cover the ins and outs of a kitchen island. A kitchen island can completely change a kitchen layout. It can provide an entire extension to the workspace. While yes, it can be an easy place to prep meals or a nice place for a friend to sit with a glass of wine and chat, it can also be used for so much more.
Many people chose to put their sink and dishwasher on their kitchen island. Some chose to put their stove on their island. Whatever the case, it is vital to make sure your kitchen island is placed properly. You do not want it to intercept your work triangle. You need all your doors and appliances to open smoothly without the island getting in the way.
3. The One-wall Layout
A one-wall or in-line kitchen layout is another essential kitchen layout. This is the most consolidated kitchen layout with the work triangle in one line against a wall. Cabinets surround the work triangle, and there is counter space on either side of it. This layout may not have all the counter space or cabinet space you were hoping for. An island, like the one in the picture, may solve these problems. With a few bar chairs, an island could also provide ample seating.
4. Disjoined L-Shape Layout
This disjointed L-shape kitchen is not a typical kitchen layout, but it proves that breaking the rules may be beneficial in some cases. This kitchen has a door that would otherwise be blocked if the layout was unbroken. The door provides a footpath that interrupts the work triangle, but the sacrifice might be worth it. This kitchen still looks fabulous! What we love about this kitchen is the table right in the center. There is plenty of space away from the work triangle for people to gather.
5.The Peninsula Layout
The peninsula kitchen is another essential kitchen layout. A peninsula kitchen is an L-shaped kitchen with an attached island. The work triangle generally falls within the ‘L.’ The cabinets sit above the work triangle. The peninsula provides prep space and might have stools tucked under the counter on the outer side of the peninsula. You might place a table for eating meals with friends and family just outside the kitchen like the one seen in the picture.
6. The Galley Layout
Another basic kitchen layout is the galley. A galley kitchen has the work triangle on either side of the kitchen. This kitchen, shown in the picture, can be described as an L-shaped galley. Traditional galley kitchens have tables at either end of the kitchen, but this galley utilizes an island for its stove and seating.
7. The Horseshoe Layout
A horseshoe kitchen is one in which the work triangle falls between three walls of the kitchen. This layout provides plenty of cabinets and counter space but not a lot of seating options. There might be seating at an island, but you would generally set the table away in a dining room, for example.
8. Spacious L-Shape Kitchen Layout
To make for more room in your 10×12 kitchen, consider skipping the table and simply sitting at a movable island. A movable island also makes it much easier to move about the kitchen.
Your kitchen layout will depend on your wants and needs. Consider functionality when designing your kitchen, such as how your family and friends gather and what feels right! There are five essential kitchen layouts, but don’t let them box you in! Get creative!
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