How To - Kitchen Layouts That Actually Work

 

Have you ever wondered how to design the best kitchen layout? It’s normal to wonder. After all, some kitchens are badly designed. Thankfully, there are tools that can help you put an end to this madness by making it easier for you to design the perfect kitchen layout!

Tip 1: Three different home layouts to try. Tip 2: How to add storage space in any room tool. Tip 3: How to maximize a small kitchen area tool.

One of the most important decisions you can make in choosing a kitchen layout is selecting the style that works for you. A kitchen layout that is ideal for one family may be completely wrong for another. This article will look at several different types of layouts and suggest ways to add storage space and seating in areas where it is most often lacking.

TIP 1: Three different home layouts to try

Types of Kitchen Layouts There are three different layouts that you can use for your kitchen: U-shaped, L-shaped and galley. Each one is unique with its own pros and cons, so consider which layout best suits your needs before you get started on the remodel.

U-Shaped

The U-shaped kitchen features a long counter with an island in the middle. One side of the counter has stools or bar seating while the other side has a sink and stovetop. The island is great for food preparation, but it can be difficult to maneuver when guests are over. If you have limited space, this layout is a great way to maximize your available square footage.

L-Shaped

This layout features two countertops on either side of a center island or stovetop. This kitchen setup is ideal if you prefer to cook at eye level as it keeps you facing forward rather than bending down over your pots and pans. Larger items like refrigerators can be placed along one wall for easy access

Galley Kitchen Layout

The galley kitchen has two countertops that run parallel to each other, with a single cabinet perpendicular to them on one side and an island on the other side. This is one of the more efficient layouts because it maximizes space by allowing for separation between the cooking area and food preparation area.

 

TIP 2: How to add storage space in any room

The most important factor in kitchen organization is the layout of your kitchen. Are you able to reach everything easily? Is there enough space for food preparation and cooking? Can you accommodate large pots and pans?

Trying to organize your kitchen when you have a bad layout can be frustrating, but if you start with a floor plan that works, you'll be much more likely to achieve your goals. Here are some tips for laying out a new kitchen or redesigning an existing one: Look at the flow of the room. Measure the length of your counters and work surfaces, and make sure everything will be within reach when you're standing at the sink or stove. Make sure there's plenty of room between the fridge, oven, dishwasher and other appliances — it's impossible to add storage space once those items are in place. Create separate areas for different tasks. If you're planning on entertaining guests, consider putting a bar counter near your sink where they can serve themselves drinks as you cook. Consider adding a breakfast bar between the dining area and kitchen.

Protect against clutter. Build sturdy cabinets that aren't too deep — anything deeper than 24 inches (61 cm) is difficult to organize effectively. Do you have room for cabinets built into your walls? How about drawers? Or if you're short on cabinet storage space, can you add some with under-cabinet drawers or lazy Susans? What about wall hooks for hanging pots and pans? You'll also want to consider how much countertop space is available. If your cooktop takes up a large portion of your surface area (and/or taking up valuable wall space), can you find an alternate placement for this appliance? Are there places where you could add more countertop surfaces using portable islands or carts?

 

TIP 3: How to add seating while keeping things neat and organized

Whether you're building or remodeling, or just moving into a new place, deciding where to put your kitchen table and chairs can be a challenge. Some people prefer to place their table in the center of the room, some like it off to the side, and some are all about that breakfast bar. It's important to choose something that suits your space and your lifestyle. When planning your kitchen layout, there are three things to keep in mind: The size of your kitchen table. While round tables are very popular in small spaces, rectangular or square tables are most ideal for larger kitchens. They allow you to seat more people without taking up a lot of floor space. The shape of your kitchen table. A circular table is great for small kitchens because it maximizes counter space on all sides. A rectangular table is better suited for larger kitchens because it gives you room to spread out without blocking traffic flow throughout the room.

 

By using the right kitchen layout, you can optimize your cooking experience and eat healthier meals.


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