5 Popular Kitchen Layouts

Single Line Layout Kitchen
Single Line Layout Kitchen | Source

Are you planning a kitchen remodel? Have you considered whether your current kitchen layout is working for you or not? A remodel is the perfect opportunity to reconfigure your kitchen if there is a layout that would better suit your space and needs. From a granite and marble countertop provider in Charlotte, here are some kitchen layout options detailed out to think through.

  • Single Line Layout – All the kitchen components, including the cabinets, countertop, sink, stove, and other appliances are lined against one wall. For small kitchen this can be the best option for saving as much space as possible. This layout is excellent for apartment kitchens. If you choose this layout, make sure you place the stove and the sink close together, preferably towards the middle of the single line, so that you can access them with ease, without having to run constantly from one end of the kitchen to the other.

Galley Kitchen
Galley Kitchen | Source
  • Galley Kitchen Layout – The kitchen appliances and countertops are placed in two parallel rows. Similar to the single line layout but most likely doubling your storage and counter space. This layout enables you to place the sink, stove and fridge in a convenient work triangle, allowing you to move more easily between work spaces. It also tends to work best in small, medium and rectangular sized spaces, as you need to have enough room between the two rows for traffic flow and if the kitchen is too big for this layout you will find yourself wasting time walking back and forth from one side of the kitchen to the other.

L-Shaped Kitchen
L-Shaped Kitchen | Source
  • L-Shaped Layout – The cabinets, countertops and appliances are placed on two adjacent walls. This layout creates a work triangle that allows you to prepare and cook food effectively even when handling a large volume of work and it generally allows for an eating area in the kitchen. Having an eating area, you will be able to interact with your guests even if your back is to them some while working. The L-Shaped layout is best used in small and medium sized kitchens, too big a kitchen will leave unused space.

U-Shaped Kitchen
U-Shaped Kitchen | Source
  • U-Shaped Layout – The different kitchen components are lined along three adjoining walls, offering you plenty of working space. A layout that can be used for kitchens of all sizes and it allows multiple cooks to collaborate without bumping into each other. If your spouse or children like to give you a hand in the kitchen, this layout is perfect for you.

G-Shaped Kitchen
G-Shaped Kitchen
  • G-Shaped Layout – A variant of the U-Shaped Layout, it just has another line to it, further increasing your number of cabinets and countertops to maximize your efficiency. The extra wall enlarges your working space, or if there isn’t a wall or upper cabinets and it’s open to the adjoining room then it could be used as a breakfast bar and allows you to socialize while working away in the kitchen.

In the end remember that your kitchen layout choice should depend not only on visual aspects but also on the way you want to use your kitchen, how much space you have available, as well as on the degree of socializing you want in it. Once you’ve made your decision on layout then you can move on to the styling and other little details like the color of the cabinets and hardware and what color appliances will work best with your design.

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WiccanSage 2 years ago

Nice work here. I have grown to not like galley kitchens after living in an apartment with a galley kitchen for a couple of years. Maybe it's just because it was such an awkward layout and so narrow but it made me realize just how important the kitchen layout is to feel comfortable and keep things running smoothly when cooking big meals. Now I have an L-shaped; I would love a G-shaped or a U-shaped with an island in the middle.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks WiccanSage! Agreed - your layout makes a huge impact on being comfortable in the kitchen. The setup of the work triangle in a galley kitchen makes a huge difference, my previous home had a galley kitchen and it wasn't too bad with the placement of the sink/stove/fridge but wasn't my favorite layout. I have an U shaped kitchen now which I love and there is just enough space to put a small island which we will probably end up doing. If you have enough room with your L Shaped you could add a small island as well.


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caseymel 2 years ago from Indiana

We are house hunting and the kitchen has to be just right since we are planning on staying in this house until the kids go to college. Great article! I love the open concepts with lots of cabinets and counter space!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I like the G-layout myself but don't look forward to contractors and all the construction. No pain, no gain. Nice hub.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Caseymel - Open concept kitchens are still growing in popularity, they make entertaining guests so much easier! All the best on your house hunt - hope you find your dream house and kitchen :)


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

FlourishAnyway - The G Shape would probably be a dream kitchen layout for most! If my kitchen were just a bit bigger I could add the 'G' to my 'U' shape for a breafast bar but can't really complain since I do have a pretty decent size kitchen nook. I assume by your comment you might undergo a kitchen reno - hope that goes smooth and fast! You should a do a Hub on before and after :)

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