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Fluid and Efficient, L-Shaped Kitchens Are a Favorite Design
The L-shaped kitchen plan is one of the most popular and classic layouts--and 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.
Flexible Enough for All Kitchen Sizes
Though 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.
Correct Ergonomics Built Into It
In short: the L-shaped kitchen works for most homes, and it provides a great amount of design flexibility.
Cooks love the L-shaped layout, as it reduces the walking time between kitchen stations. The L-shaped kitchen practically comes with the ergonomically efficient kitchen triangle (fridge, stove, and sink in a triangular array) practically built into it.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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L-Shaped Plan, At Its Most Basic
True to its name, the L-shaped kitchen has two "legs" of counter-topped base cabinets.
Usually, one leg is longer than the other leg, as it is the one that provides the majority of the counter space. The shorter leg, as shown, might have a short, 24" run of counter and an appliance or two--in this case, a wall oven and refrigerator.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Apartment-Sized L-Shaped Kitchen
For small spaces such as apartments and condos, galley (corridor) or one-wall kitchen designs tend to work best.
But it is possible to work an L-shaped kitchen into these small spaces. As shown, the drainboard sink (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, it would be smarter to replace them with a smaller scale apartment sized refrigerator.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Small Kitchen Plans: L-Shaped Kitchen Plan
This L-shaped small kitchen plan comes from Nadia Geller, a Los Angeles-based designer who has appeared in many venues, including "Trading Spaces" and "Home Made Simple." Nadia 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 island, Kohler Cape Dory sink basin and Karbon faucet, Dacor 36" fridge, and Dacor double wall oven.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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L-Shaped Traditional Small Kitchen Plan (2D)
Shown here is the layout for a very homey, comfortable small kitchen plan from Nadia Geller:
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- Cherry Paprika cabinets from Merillat
- Dacor Millenia rangetop
- Kohler single basin sink.
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L-Shaped Traditional Small Kitchen Plan (3D)
This is a 3D representation of Nadia Geller's previous "L-Kitchen Traditional."