As part of our latest blog series, we will explore the differences and advantages of the five most popular kitchen design layouts which include L-shaped, U-shaped, corner, galley and open concept. This month, we will feature the L-shaped kitchen and show you how this design plan may be the perfect layout for your home.
If you’re looking to maximize your small to medium-sized kitchen space while keeping an open design, an L-shaped kitchen may be your best choice. Homeowners who love to entertain have been embracing the L-shaped design because it allows the host to cook and still entertain their guests in the same space and stay part of the action.
The L-shaped kitchen is a favorite among cooking aficionados since it embraces the highly sought after “work triangle” design. The work triangle relates to in-kitchen spacing and the relationship between the refrigerator, stove and sink. These key kitchen elements are the core of the work triangle, and their specific placement within the kitchen creates an efficient, functional space that is perfect for cooking, cleaning, gathering and conversing.
Although most kitchen layouts incorporate some version of the L-shaped design, the classic footprint includes the use of one or two adjacent walls. Depending on preference and lifestyle, some homeowners choose to use one wall as the base of the “L” (featuring cabinets and one permanent fixture such as a stove or sink and the other portion of the “L” for an open counter space), while others opt for using two walls and feature cabinets on both the upper and lower parts of both walls of the “L.” Generally, you can expect an L-shaped kitchen to incorporate the stove and sink on one part of the “L,” and the refrigerator and storage on the other part. For the most part, the sink will be placed on an external wall (as plumbing will be more easily accessible). Incorporating a kitchen island is a popular trend when designing an L-shaped kitchen. This is because it not only offers additional counter and storage space, but it is a great gathering and entertaining space for family and guests.
The L-shaped design plan is becoming a desirable choice for homeowners who are looking to open up their space and allow traffic flow from the kitchen to other rooms in their homes. Although you may sacrifice some extra storage space with an open design plan, you’ll gain the spaciousness you’ve been looking for.
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