Which Kitchen Shape Is Right for You?
There used to be the idea that every single kitchen should be built on a triangle grid, with a triangle formed by the sink, fridge, and range. But today kitchens function in zones, set up for how you cook, and for the space you have in your home. If you’re a baker, you might want to have specialty cabinets built around your range, with lots of island space for tasks. If you’re more of a heating-up person, you might want a smaller kitchen with a large fridge. Let’s take a look at each shape so you can find the right one for you!
1. Galley Kitchen
If you have a smaller space, this shape might be perfect for you! It usually ranges all of your appliances and cabinetry on two facing walls, but it’s also a super-efficient space. Everything is within reach, and if you plan your storage correctly, you can whip up meals in a snap. But it is not a space designed for cooking with others, so keep that in mind.
2. L-Shaped Kitchen
This shape is again aligned against two walls, but is great when you have a bit more space. Usually it has a larger footprint, so there’s more room for family members. However, you want to think carefully about the placement of your fridge, range, and sink and how you like to use your kitchen. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to run to the other side of the L every time you need something.
3. U-Shaped Kitchen
This is one of the most popular kitchen shapes because it creates the feeling of “command central” in your kitchen. Everything is within reach of a central hub, which is usually either the range or the sink. All the extra counter space is perfect if you prepare a lot of family meals or if you love to entertain!
4. Kitchen with an Island
This is the dream shape for people with families! It gives you a great space in the center of your kitchen for cooking, baking, homework, informal dinners, or even craft projects! And if you entertain, it’s a great place for a buffet or the serving bar. But you need space for this kitchen - otherwise you won’t have enough room to open the fridge or dishwasher, or to maneuver around efficiently.
5. Peninsula Kitchen
If you took a U-shaped kitchen and combined it with what you love about an island, the peninsula kitchen is the result! It gives you the flex-space that an island offers, but doesn’t take up all the room. So people can still join you while you cook, or you can use it as extra counter space and seating. A win-win!
Which kitchen shape is your perfect match? You can see more gorgeous ideas on my Yes Chef pinboard!