5 Common Kitchen Layouts


Here is an introduction to the top 5 most common kitchen layouts, some PRO’s & CON’s of each style and how best to combine them to make your kitchen space whatever the size work best for you.


One-wall kitchens are common with all parts of the kitchen in one place it’s the simplest option. Many include compact appliances or only the essentials to keep things simple.  

PRO – The most efficient kitchen layout that gives you the most free floor space possible.

CON – No space at all for socializing, leave the cook cut off.

TIP – The gallery kitchen is very common for small spaces, a simple single line of units and all your appliances in one place. The double line version is a corridor and can be great for kitchens that lead straight in to other rooms.

L Shaped

Loft styled living has lead to a rise in L-shaped kitchens, more counter space and cabinets allowing you to space out the appliances.

PRO – Allows for a completely open feel, no chef isolation.

CON – You facing away from the room and might require moving radiators or appliances around to fit everything in one corner.

TIP – This kitchen type allows for space to add an island, perhaps a portable one to make the kitchen efficient without taking away its wide-open appeal.

U Shaped

Similar to the Corridor but with an extra wall, turning the rectangle in to a U shape. Generally the fridge is one wall the sink & dishwasher the other and finally the oven and stove.

PRO – You get the efficiency of a gallery kitchen with additional space.

CON – You don’t get space for kitchen tables & chairs, you would need a separate space.

TIP – This is another layout you could add an island to if you have a large space, no less than 3 ½ feet between the island and countertop.


An island kitchen can be any kitchen layout but with a working island. A nice design is to have the sink or hob on the island with bar stools opposite.  

PRO – This type of kitchen offers everything you need allowing for more flexibility of use.

CON – This kitchen has few draw backs, except having to walk around the island to get to the rest of the kitchen.
TIP – Design your space and then consider if you could add an island.


Also known as a G shaped kitchen, this layout adds an additional leg of counter space and cabinets to the traditional U shape. Good for those who don’t like islands!

PRO – Very suitable for 2 cooks who work together and lots of appliances.

CON – Entry to the kitchen space might be limited

TIP – Make sure the added peninsula is the correct size, allowing enough space in and out but also enough counter space to seat guests.

So which layout fits your kitchen space? Do several work but still wondering which one will function best for you, come down to the showroom with your room dimensions for a consult from our design team.

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