5 Types of Kitchen Arrangements

The efficiency of a kitchen can depend more on how it is arranged than the amount of space it has. There has to be a natural work flow between the different work centers.

Each arrangement includes a line that symbolizes the working triangle, which helps to illustrate the movement between each of the primary activity areas.

Below are the 5 types of kitchen arrangement and their respective diagram so you could have an idea of what each will look like. Choose what's best for you depending on the amount of space around your kitchen area.

There are 5 types of kitchen arrangement: L-shaped, U-shaped, Galley type, Island type, and Single-line type.

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L - Shaped Arrangement

This is a very popular kitchen arrangement ideal for family kitchen or for entertaining guests as it can accommodate chairs and table in the same room. The kitchen also benefits from lack of through-traffic when using two adjacent walls.

The sink, range, and refrigerators should be separated by a preparation area.

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U - Shaped Arrangement

Using three full walls of a room, the u-shaped kitchen arrangement can offer the perfect working kitchen. The refrigerator, range, or cooktop, and sink can be spaced out for total efficiency and convenience.

This is great news for those who take their cooking seriously as it provides the best work flows with the shortest distances around the kitchen.

This arrangement also allows for large amounts of worktop and storage space.

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Galley Arrangement

This is the choice of many professional chefs because it offers the most efficient use of space. The two rows allow ease in moving between activity areas and can be easy as turning around. If the corridor is open at both ends, this can cause traffic congestion and this type of arrangement is not ideal.

Make sure there is enough room for opposite drawers to be open at the same time (at least 1.2m). Cleaning and cooking areas must be on the same side to prevent the risk of accidents while moving hot pans between the sink and cook top.

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Island Kitchen Arrangement

A very popular kitchen arrangement, and this is perfect if you plan to entertain. An independent island unit can face a dining or living area, allowing the cook to socialize while preparing.

In terms of the working space of the kitchen, a sink provides the optimal arrangement Otherwise, cooking ranges with a canopy over the island can form a stunning focal point to the kitchen.

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Single-Line Arrangement

This is smart and simple solution for narrow rooms, ideally with one small wall over three meters long without windows or doors. However, this shape of kitchen causes the longest journey distances since you often have to walk from one end of the room to the other.

Therefore, it can be good idea to situate the sink in the middle of the line with adequate space separating it from the range or oven.

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beth811 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thank you for your nice comment, Marcy.

Marcy 7 years ago

The diagrams are very cool. Great descriptions of each type. I personally wish more homes included the gallery arrangement as it is indeed easier to prep foods, but unfortunately this does not seem to be the case.

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beth811 7 years ago from Philippines Author


Thanks! Once in a while we need to change kitchen arrangements to create a new look and ambiance and to suit our needs.

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beth811 7 years ago from Philippines Author


Thanks for the nice comment. Diagrams are really needed in this hub to really visualize what I'm talking about.

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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

nice for kitchen decoration. thanks for sharing with us. We need to change our kitchen placement sometimes. this arrangement didn't make us bored.

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Ambition398 7 years ago

Very nice! I like the diagrams too. Really helps visualize what you're describing.

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