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Kitchen Layouts



Typical Kitchen Layouts

For the last few decades, most kitchen designs have been based on three standard layouts: the U-shaped kitchen, the L-shaped kitchen and the galley kitchen.

These layouts all make use of the classic work triangle concept that positions the three major kitchen components (refrigerator, stove and sink) in a triangular configuration.

These traditional layouts suited older house styles and the lifestyles of people when:

    • Most women stayed home during the day
    • Women worked alone in the kitchen
    • Most meals were cooked from scratch
    • Meals were taken in a separate dining room
    • Entertaining did not involve the kitchen
    • Frequent shopping meant less food storage

In recent times society and the lives of people have changed considerably so that:

    • Most women work outside the home
    • Cooking is shared between partners
    • Many meals are taken in the kitchen
    • Far less meals are cooked from scratch
    • Entertaining often involves the kitchen area
    • Weekly food shopping calls for more storage

Designers now think in terms of multiple work centers or work stations within the kitchen in order to allow more than one person to work efficiently without getting in anyone else's way.

Work centers are a little less formal concept than a classic work triangle since you can create a work station wherever decent benchtop space is provided next to a major appliance or sink.

Adding an island is the the most common way to achieve multiple work centers in a kitchen. An island suits many modern house styles where there is enough space and can provide several small work stations along its perimeter. It is also a great place to present a buffet when entertaining.

The provision of an extra sink in the kitchen is a great way to create an extra work station and greater versatility for two or more people working in the kitchen.


    More layout tips

  • kitchen-layout-tipsAlways keep in mind that the kitchen should make life easy for you.
  • Keep the sink, hob and food preparation areas within easy reach of each other.
  • Ensure that you have clear work surface on either side of sink and hob.
  • Avoid placing appliances in the corners, which can create inaccessible spaces.


  • kitchen-layout-adviceAvoid placing drawers in the corners.
  • Keep oven and hob separated from the fridge to prevent damage caused by temperature clashes.
  • Avoid placing your hob in front of a window especially if it is gas.
  • Locate your dishwasher close to the sink.
  • Locate cutlery drawers close to the dishwasher.
  • Store cooking pots and trays near to oven and hob.


  • kitchen-layout-and-designAllow for plenty of power points around the kitchen.
  • An eye-level oven is safer for young children and better for your back.
  • Allow at least 1200 mm between lines of cabinets.
  • Allow 1000 mm for access into the kitchen (900 mm minimum).
  • Allow 300 mm for breakfast bar overhang.
  • Don’t forget to plan in a range hood to extract cooking fumes to outside.




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