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Why L-Shaped Kitchens Are Perennial Favorites
The L-shaped kitchen plan is one of the most popular and most classic layouts, for good reason. It is a highly flexible design that can be adapted to many sizes and styles of kitchens. Plus, it is one of the most ergonomically correct kitchen designs.
While the average kitchen size has increased over the last few decades, most kitchens do not have the capacity to handle the multiple islands, peninsulas, and acres of countertop space so often featured in lifestyle magazines and remodeling reality shows. By contrast, an L layout can fit perfectly into 10-by-10-foot kitchen, which is considered the benchmark of kitchen cost estimation for cabinets and counters.
An L-shaped kitchen also provides a lot design flexibility. Cooks love this basic layout, as it reduces the walking time between kitchen stations. It makes it very easy to create an ergonomically efficient kitchen triangle, with the fridge, stove, and sink in a triangular arrangement.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Basic L-Shaped Plan
True to its name, the L-shaped kitchen has two "legs" of base cabinets covered with a countertop. Typically, one leg is longer than the other leg, and the longer leg provides the majority of the counter space. The shorter leg, as shown here, might have a short, 24-inch run of counter and an appliance or two, such as a wall oven and a refrigerator.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Apartment-Sized L-Shaped Kitchen
In small spaces, such as in apartments and condos, galley (corridor), or one-wall, kitchen designs tend to be the most common. But often it is possible to work an L-shaped kitchen into these small spaces. As shown, the drainboard sink (a sink with an attached apron of similar material) is tightly fitted into the corner of the "L." This frees up precious extra space on the short leg of the "L" for a small section of countertop.
Instead of the open shelving on the right side, a small space might need a refrigerator at the end of the shorter leg of the "L."Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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L-Shaped Kitchen With Large Dining Area
This L-shaped kitchen plan comes from Nadia Geller, a Los Angeles-based designer who has partnered up with Autodesk to produce free small kitchen plans for Autodesk's Homestyler, a free online room planner. Geller calls this "Kitchen Contemporary," a very simple L-shaped kitchen plan with an island.
This plan nicely demonstrates how well an L-shaped layout can work with an open kitchen plan that includes a casual dining area, even a large dining area. This scheme is particularly space-efficient and convenient because there is no physical barrier between the kitchen work space and the dining table, and both areas can share some of the floor space.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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L-Shaped With Small Dining Area
Another plan from Nadia Geller, this layout features a medium-size island in the middle of the kitchen's "L" and incorporates a small dining table that seats four. Including some transitional floor space, the entire layout occupies just over 16 feet of width.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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L-Shaped Kitchen for Open Floor Plans
This 3-D representation from Nadia Geller Design demonstrates how a small L-shaped kitchen can integrate with a living area. Partition walls can be added to provide separation between the dining and living spaces.