The space in the kitchen
can be best utilized by laying out the three primary
working areas in an efficient and skilful manner.
These three areas include the food storage area; the
counter to chop, dice or do other food preparations
and cooking area. Practical and functional kitchens
are the ones with right kitchen layouts to make it
easy to move and perform with minimal efforts in this
Here are some tips that you can use:
Single line kitchen
- If you have narrow space with a long wall with no windows
and doors, you can choose to place all the primary activity
areas in a straight line. However, it makes you walk a lot and
placing the sink in between food preparation area and cooking
area may reduce walking a bit.
Galley kitchen - One of the most
efficient kitchen shape, galley shaped kitchen allows two rows
for preparation and thus, most convenient for professional
chefs. However, corridor should be closed at one end to avoid
much traffic in the area and make sure that sliding drawers or
cabinet doors placed on opposite sides have enough space to
open conveniently at the same time. Place the cooking area and
sink in the same line so it is easier to move hot pans to
cleaning area after you have done with them.
- You can use two adjacent walls on a corner for this kitchen
shape. There is minimum traffic here and so it is ideal for
families. You may separate sink, cooking range and
refrigerator by placing countertops between them. It takes
less space too and can be easily combined with a dining room.
U-shaped kitchen - Ideal for gourmet
meal preparation and culinary experts, it allows maximum
storage space and worktop as it uses three full walls for
Island kitchen - Very popular in
contemporary kitchen designs, an independent island unit
allows the cook to socialize with guests or family members in
the living or dining area while working. You can either have a
sink on the island or the cooktop with canopy above as a focal
point of your kitchen arrangement.