Colour and style aside, the most important aspect of kitchen design when building a new home or renovating is deciding on the layout. Take some time to think about the best way to optimise the space to suit your requirements and where to put appliances, bench tops, sinks, tables, breakfast bars and so on. Skipping this step could be costly further down the track if you have to reconfigure the layout. Here are some of the most common kitchen layouts and pros and cons of each.
This type of layout works best if you have a small apartment or open plan home with a long narrow space. Since the stove, sink and fridge are all on one wall everything is within easy reach. Placing the sink between the fridge and the stove makes it convenient for washing vegetables or cleaning the stove top.
Disadvantages tend to be the lack of bench space taken up by the fridge, sink and oven, so this is where installing compact appliances works best. You can also add extra workspace by using other elements, such as a dining table or island.
For cooking, this is the most functional use of a small space. On one side, it provides more benchtop for food preparation while the stove and fridge are easily accessible directly opposite. You can also take advantage of the vertical space by adding storage cabinets above and below the benchtop.
This layout style does have some cons though. Due to its closed-off nature it doesn’t have room for a dining table, and it can get crowded if there is more than one cook. Opening both sides of a galley kitchen, rather than closing off one end can create more of a flow.
This is a highly efficient layout for small and large houses as it prevents traffic from moving through the kitchen. With three sides at your disposal, it gives you ample space for food prep, cooking and storage, as well as room for multiple cooks. A U-shape design can work well in an open plan kitchen / dining scenario with one side utilised as a breakfast bar or drinks counter.
Cons of U-Shaped kitchens include reduced maneuverability if you make it too small and difficulty in accessing lower corner cabinets.
This is layout is free flowing and can make the most of a corner space. You have the option of adding a dining table or an island for extra prep space. Having two right-angled walls invites a couple of different arrangements of appliances. An efficient setup is to have stove and cooktop on one wall, the sink at the middle and the fridge at the other end. The L-Shape is a popular layout for open plan homes as it invites interactivity.
A disadvantage in adopting this layout into larger homes is that the appliances tend to be too far away from each other.
Whatever layout you decide on, before you make the big decision, have a chat to a WasteMate specialist to see how a wall unit disposal system fits into your design. It’s a worthwhile investment that will save you space, time and effort all while fitting seamlessly into your new kitchen. For more information on how WasteMate fits into your plans, call us on 07 3844 7870.