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Types Of Kitchen Design Layout And Ideas

When planning your kitchen you need to start with certain basic points in mind. The first and foremost point is about layouts. How would you like it to be? For that you need to ask yourself the following questions as detailed in this article

Common Layouts

The layout of your kitchen—where you place your appliances, your countertops, and your storage—will determine how cook-friendly your kitchen is. Ask yourself:


    * Will I have to walk far to get water to top off a pot on the stove?
    * Will I have enough space to slice, dice, chop, and otherwise prepare meals?
    * Will I have room to store the olive oil near the stove or will I have to go across the room to get it?
    * Will two or more cooks be able to work comfortably in the space without constantly bumping into each other?
    * Will I be able to easily rinse dishes and load them into the dishwasher?
    * Do I prefer a range or a separate cooktop and oven?
    * Do I need a prep sink and a cleanup sink?
    * Do I need an eating area in the kitchen?

Even before you ask yourself those questions you need to understand the 3 basic areas of a kitchen that make a crucial difference in how the kitchen layout will eventually be set out.

Understanding Basic Kitchen Layout

Understanding the basic principles of kitchen layout will help take much of the mystery out of the design process. One of the most basic layout principles is the work triangle. The work triangle is an imaginary line drawn from each of the three primary work stations in the kitchen - the food storage, preparation/cooking, and clean-up stations. By drawing these lines, you can assess the distance required to move to and from each area and thus determine how well the traffic will flow. To help avoid traffic flow problems, work triangles should have a perimeter that measures less than 26 feet.

The three primary kitchen work stations which create the work triangle are:

1. The food storage station - Your refrigerator and pantry are the major items here. Cabinetry like lazy susan or swing-out pantry units add function and convenience. Options like wine racks, spice racks, and roll-out trays help to organize your groceries.

2. The preparation/cooking station - Your range, oven, microwave, and smaller appliances are found in this area. Counter space is important in this section. Conserve space by moving appliances off the counter with appliance garage cabinets and space-saving ideas like towel rods and pot lid racks.

3. The clean-up station - Everyone's least favorite activity is one of the kitchen's most important - clean-up. This area is home to the sink, waste disposal, and dishwasher. Cabinetry for this station is designed to organize with the trash bin cabinet and roll-out tray baskets for storage convenience.

Kitchen design layout is how the kitchen will be designed. The shape, size and structure of the kitchen will depend on the layout.

Small Kitchen Design

The basic kitchen layouts are classified into 5 types :
L, U, G, singe walled and Galley layout.

L type design:

This design offers maximum functionality and flexibility in limited space and is thus suitable for compact kitchens.

U type design:

The U type design is supposedly the handiest layout as it has continuous storage and counter tops that envelope the cook comfortably on three sides.

Single walled design:

As the name implies, the design has all the three major zones fitted along a single wall making it the most ideal design for a small kitchen. Here the work triangle is more of a straight line. It would be appropriate to fit the sink in between the stove and refrigerator for maximum flexibility.

Galley “Corridor” design:

The Galley corridor design has the 3 zones distributed along two walls that are parallel to each other. The design is best suited for single cook use.

These are the four layouts that can be used for when you design a small kitchen; the fifth layout, G, which is an extended version of U, is not suitable for small kitchens.

Once the basic pattern is decided, the next focus is on the three major factors mentioned above that govern the way your kitchen functions.


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