When you’re remodeling your kitchen, the first thing you’ll want to consider is the layout. While technically you can use whatever layout you want when putting together your kitchen, there are a few types of layouts that are very popular because they provide a good workflow while you are cooking. There’s no one best layout – the perfect layout for you depends on the existing shape of your kitchen and what you want to do with it. Here are some of the most used layouts we’ve seen in kitchen remodeling in St. Louis.
Island – Island kitchens are very popular among renovating homeowners because they can give a small kitchen more counter space. Island kitchens are the most ambiguous of the kitchen layouts described here, because they can be used in many different ways. Island kitchens typically are rectangular, with two long walls on either side of the island. Islands add extra storage, cooking space, and space to eat, so if there’s enough room to put one in your kitchen, it’s a great choice.
One-wall – One-wall kitchens are exactly what they sound like – they are kitchens where all the features are placed on one wall. These kitchens are very effective for smaller spaces, but they can also work in larger homes if you have one long wall that you want to transform into a statement piece. One-wall kitchens typically are very open and blend into another room in the house, such as the living or dining room, so they work well for spaces with high ceilings and few walls.
L-Shape – An L-shape kitchen is highly functional for small to medium kitchens, because it provides tons of space for cabinets, appliances, and countertops, as well as enough space for multiple people to comfortably be in the kitchen. An L-shaped kitchen is exactly what it sounds – all the kitchen features are on two walls which are perpendicular to each other to form an L. The benefit to this design is that it opens up the room, creating more space for a small eating area.
Horseshoe – A horseshoe kitchen consists of either three walls in a U shape or two perpendicular walls and an island forming the last wall. Horseshoe kitchens are very popular and are good for large spaces because they maximize your work area. Horseshoe kitchens also are an easy way to separate your kitchen from other areas of the house, making it more private for the serious cook.
Galley – A galley kitchen features two long walls with kitchen appliances, cabinets, and workspace, almost like a hallway. Galley kitchens are popular in older designs as well as small studio or one-bedroom apartment units. They can be a little cramped if you have more than one person working in the kitchen, but they do use space very efficiently, making them ideal for renovating smaller units. Galley kitchens also work well for connecting two other big rooms, so they are a good way to transform a hallway space in your home.
With many different layout options to choose from, you can transform your existing kitchen space during your remodel to make it work for you. If you find that your current space is inefficient, you don’t need to continue using it – you can take out or add walls to make it work for your needs. You also don’t have to stick to just the layouts mentioned here. Talk to your architect or construction team to find out what is possible with your kitchen renovation. Once you have the layout designed, you can start work on adding other exciting features.