Designing Beauty with Function

When it comes to creating a new kitchen design, let your lifestyle and your home’s current configuration influence the shape of your new cabinetry. Are you an aspiring cook? Do you like to entertain? Is counter space a premium? These are just some of the considerations that will determine which kitchen design layout is right for you.

Work Zones and Kitchen Design

The kitchen work triangle in kitchen design is very important for the design of your kitchen workspace.   The work triangle has been the golden standard of kitchen design for many years now. The concept behind it is that the three most used things in the kitchen, the sink, the refrigerator, and the stovetop, should be laid out in a triangle shape 

Before deciding on a kitchen layout, consider how you want these work zones to function together in your new space. In addition to work zones, you will also want to consider how you will use your new kitchen. 

The triangle connects 3 main work areas within the kitchen – the range, the sink and the refrigerator. A general rule is that the distance between these three areas should be between 4 feet and 9 feet, no more and no less, with the sum of the three sides lying between 13 feet and 26 feet.

Common Kitchen Design Layouts

Here are some of the most popular kitchen layouts to consider when planning your kitchen design


A single wall kitchen layout is great for small spaces.
With layout positions for all of the appliances on a single wall, this kitchen design would typically be found in a studio apartment or other very small space.


A galley kitchen design is open on both ends.
Open on both ends, the galley kitchen design requires a minimum corridor width of 48″ so the cook can easily maneuver during meal preparation. Kitchen appliances are typically laid out near one another, which can be convenient, but due to the corridor shape of the kitchen, all of the household traffic will pass though the space.


An L-shaped kitchen layout makes use of only two walls, providing open sensibility.
This kitchen layout offers flexibility for both large and small homes. It makes use of only two kitchen walls, providing an open sensibility. The L-shape minimizes traffic through the kitchen and, typically, features larger expanses of countertops, allowing ease of preparation at mealtime.


A U-shaped kitchen layout offers generous counter space and efficient work areas.
A popular choice because of its efficiency, the U-shaped kitchen offers generous counter space and work areas that are close together. It can, however, make the cook feel apart from a group when entertaining, as most tasks will be done while facing one of the three walls. To open the space up more, you could add a half wall or use only two walls with a peninsula island making up the third side.


Enhance an L-shaped kitchen design with an island.
With the addition of an island, an L-shaped kitchen design offers the added flexibility of providing a space where the cook can interact with others while prepping food, cooking, serving or cleaning up.


Featuring a modified U shape, the G-shaped kitchen layout is very efficient.
Featuring a modified “U” shape, the G-shaped kitchen design is very efficient. However, unless one or more of the walls are designed as half or “pony” walls, this kitchen shape can feel confining for today’s cook.