The most common kitchen layouts are the Galley, the U, the Island and the G, as illustrated below. Each layout suits particular kitchen spaces depending on space available, the style of the house or the preferences of the cook. Each has its advantages and disadvantages but all can provide that important working triangle between cooktop, sink and fridge.
Although galley kitchens work best in small spaces, they can also be good for medium-sized kitchens, such as the one pictured below. The galley layout is favoured by professional chefs where it is usually in an enclosed space without a dining area. In the home, an island opening onto the dining area is often incorporated to open up the kitchen.
The L-shaped kitchen plan is a classic layout and very popular, for good reason. It’s a very flexible design that can be adapted to kitchens of many sizes. It’s also ergonomically sound and a great layout to work in.
The U-shaped kitchen is probably the most practical of kitchen layouts and provides additional storage or appliance space compared with a galley kitchen or L-shaped kitchen. Try to ensure you have at least two metres of moving-around space between the opposite banks of units.
The G-shaped kitchen layout is essentially a an expanded version of the U-shaped layout. The fourth run of cabinets and benchtop is a peninsula that doesn’t quite enclose the kitchen, which typically provides a servery and breakfast bar. If you don’t have the clearance room for an island it’s a great alternative to an island kitchen.