Kitchen Layout


Kitchen Layouts

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.

kitchen layout plan image, L-shape kitchen
The L shaped kitchen can incorporate an island if the kitchen is big enough.
kitchen layout image, galley kitchen
The galley kitchen is simple, can incorporate an island but can attract traffic.
kitchen layout plan image, U-shaped kitchen
The U-shaped kitchen gives a good work triangle and avoids traffic. Island can be added.
kitchen layout plan image, G-shaped kitchen
The G-shape Kitchen provides a good work area, no traffic and a handy servery.










Galley Kitchen

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.


galley kitchen image, white cabinets, timber benchtop, green splashbacks



galley kitchen layout image with island


L-Shaped 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.



L-shape kitchen, grey cabinets, white benchtop


U-Shaped Kitchen

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.


U-shape kitchen, white cabinets and laminate benchtop


G-Shape Kitchen

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.


G-shape kitchen with stone benchtop, oven and rangehood


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