Types of kitchens
There are countless ways to lay out a kitchen design, today we will go through the pros and cons of the four most common that covers 90% of all customers.
The one wall kitchen excels in homes where the living space and kitchen are not separated by walls or dividers, meaning it features in mostly in small homes or open circulation homes. It is very convenient from a practical point of view keeping all the appliances, storage spaces and subsequent tools within reach. Furthermore from an interior design point of view, it keeps the room symmetrical and does not segregate space with lateral legs (benches) which dissect the space. Recently it has been widely popular in the ‘tiny house’ movement in America where the key to design is making the space flexible and adaptable. These one wall kitchen can be easily stored away completely behind doors and allow the space in front to be used for something else completely.
The downside is the lack of space, unless you have a very long run of wall to use, the accumulation of the sink, range hood and fridge take up a lot of room meaning that finding space for food preparation is difficult. Due to the size of the design, the storage space and options are limited too. Finally, as this design unlike a U shaped or island bar kitchen which provides sitting space, an one wall design limits how much social attention the kitchen draws and limits the ability for the kitchen to be a social focal point of the house.
Like the one wall kitchen, the U shaped layout is most suited for households with one primary cook. This type of kitchen is mostly found in small apartments and unit layouts. It’s especially efficient maximising the amount of storage and appliance space by using all the walls available, essentially having the most storage area to ground surface area out of all the designs. For most clients, it’s unavoidable due to how their apartment or unit has been planned out, however if you are looking to build this particular configuration there are some problems to consider.
Firstly, it has very limited circulation, as the standard bench is 700mm wide; having a bench on both sides in a typical unit layout leaves around 1-1.4 metres of circulation space in between the benches for walking. This limits the ability to have one member of the household clean and prepare whilst the other cooks due to circulation issues Furthermore when one member is trying to enter the space and the other is trying to leave, the narrow corridor in the middle makes it extremely difficult and uncomfortable. Also, with a sink usually placed at the very end of the U; under what is usually a window, it makes it impossible to place a dishwasher next to the sink or a bin. Finally, U shaped kitchens have no seating options or room for a dining table, limiting the kitchen as a flexible and social space.
The G shaped kitchen is the bigger brother of the U shaped kitchen. It is for home owners with a very small dedicated kitchen floor plan and want to pack everything they could ever need into their kitchen without having to sacrifice a bar bench and seating options. It is typically found in small houses in which there isn’t enough room for an island bench arrangement. A fourth leg is added to the end of the U shaped kitchen to form a right or obtuse angle. This last leg is usually a peninsula or bar stool type bench.
The problem with this type of layout is that it limits the circulation of the kitchen even more than that of the U-Shaped circulation. Having the patron walk around peninsula to enter the U-portion of the kitchen makes the space highly restrictive and very uncomfortable to work in. this can be alleviated by having a wider U portion, in which some small houses have the space for. However in comparison to the U, it lacks symmetry but obtains seating space and potential for family time in return.
For entertaining and hanging out, the L shaped kitchen is the way to go. This open circulation large luxury style kitchen layout is mostly for large houses. It works especially well in houses with a second storey kitchen which overlooks a scenic view, or a large kitchen space near the back of the house which also serves as an entertaining area. It has by far the best circulation out of all kitchen layouts with people able to come and go. The island bench allows all 4 sides to be used independently from the L shaped wall mounted layout meaning that it facilitates multiple chefs.
A few things to consider is whether to have the cooktop on the island or the wall, having the cooktop on the island means difficulties with rangehood options, whilst your back will be facing guests if you decide to put the cooktop on the L shaped portion. Furthermore, planning is key in L shaped islands as the distance between points of focus is very long compared to other arrangments, meaning a lot of moving when cooking, it is preferable to pair up compatible components such as the sink and the bin, cooktop and the food
hope we have informed you a little today on the standard configurations in the kitchen industry today, if you want one of these built into your home or just any kitchen question in general from the best in the industry; call us on 95256555. Or visit us at Shop 3/52, President Ave, Caringbah. We are open 6 days a week and offer free in home quote and measures