5 Best Kitchen Layouts

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    The Classic L-Shaped Kitchen Layout Design

    L Shaped Kitchen Layout
    L Shaped Kitchen Layout. © About.com

    If you've got two walls available, then the L-shaped kitchen layout is by far the best design you can implement. If you had just one layout to choose, this would be the one.


    • Best Use of Kitchen Triangle:  This layout utilizes the concept of the kitchen triangle, where workflow is organized in a roughly triangular shape between the stove, refrigerator, and sink. While not the only layout to take advantage of the kitchen triangle.
    • Compact:  The L-shaped layout is the most compact and cost-effective scheme available.
    • Open Floor Space:  This layout opens up floor space for the addition of a dining area or an island. The corridor and U-shaped kitchens can't do that.


    • Blind Corners:  Cabinet space in the corner is deep and difficult to access. Therefore, corner cabinet space ends up as a repository for old Tupperware, jars, and other little-used items. One way to combat this problem is to install a lazy susan to help cycle items throughout this cavernous space. It's still not the perfect solution, because a circle doesn't perfectly utilize all available space in a square.
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  • 02 of 05

    Corridor Style Kitchen Layout

    Corridor Style Kitchen Layout
    Corridor Style Kitchen Layout. © About.com; © ML Harris/The Image Bank/Getty Images

    Every kitchen space is different. So how can you rate the best layout without taking into account factors like number of walls available, square footage, the cook's needs, and the need for nearby dining space? You can't. That's why, in our ratings of layouts, we qualify each one based on those factors. Let's begin:

    From the standpoint of kitchen functions, the corridor style layout rocks because all of your needed services are within close reach.

    See Video: Corridor Kitchen Layout Overview

    You'll need to have two parallel walls that are close enough that, once cabinets are in place, you will have about 48" of open space between the cabinets.


    One chief disadvantage of corridor kitchens is that they are only kitchens. Due to the tight spacing, it is impossible to fit a dining area in the kitchen.

    Also, if your heart is set on a kitchen island, give up the idea. You have no space for that, either. But, given the proximity the two parallel counters, there is no need for an island.

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  • 03 of 05

    U-Shaped Kitchen Layout Design

    U Shaped Kitchen Layout
    U Shaped Kitchen Layout. © About.com

    The u-shaped layout needs to have three available walls so that it can be implemented. Alternatively, instead of a third wall, you can run a peninsula out (composed of cabinets and countertop).

    This layout is superior to the corridor-style kitchen because it packs more services into its space. What was a wasted wall in the corridor kitchen is now hosts a fridge, sink, or stove.

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  • 04 of 05

    One-Wall Layout

    Yes, it's as basic as it gets, the one-wall kitchen design. It's perfect for long and narrow spaces. It's simple and, as far as kitchen remodels go, fairly inexpensive.

    While it does not utilize the classic kitchen triangle, its linear design still allows for unimpeded traffic flow. Counter space is at a premium. The one-wall kitchen design is not the best design, though. It can be improved with either the corridor or L-shape kitchen design plans--provided kichen square footage is available.

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  • 05 of 05

    L Plus Kitchen Island