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How to Plan Your New Kitchen

Thursday January 6th, 2022

There are numerous aspects to consider when planning your new dream kitchen. A good way to start is to address the critical questions of features, workflow and the layout you want.

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Questions to ask

  • What are the needs that aren’t being met from your kitchen?
  • Does your kitchen need to cope with the demands of a family?
  • Do you need extra drawers to make getting your pots and pans easier?
  • Are you going to put a dishwasher in?
  • Or do you need a pantry cupboard for extra storage? 

Workflow

Once you’ve measured your space, you need to consider the workflow and layout.

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The workflow of a kitchen is usually called the working triangle and is the path taken to the most common areas, the fridge, the stove and the sink. The smaller your working triangle means less time spent in the kitchen.

Layouts

There are 4 common kitchen layouts.

1. L-Shaped Kitchen

One of the most common layouts is the L-shaped kitchen, ideal for homes incorporating a small table for dining in the kitchen space.

Pros

  • Ideal for open floor plans
  • Efficient for smaller spaces
  • Work triangle makes moving easier
  • Perfect for corner space or small kitchen area

Cons

  • Not suited for multiple cooks

2. Straight Line Kitchen

Straight Line Kitchen layout

This layout is best when the space available for your new kitchen is limited. There is no working triangle because the workflow is based on a straight line.

Pros

  • Ideal for open floor plans
  • Efficient for smaller spaces
  • Good for smaller house

Cons

  • Not suited for multiple cooks
  • Not much storage available

3. U-Shaped Kitchen

U-Shaped Kitchen layout

If you have a large room and want the most efficient working triangle, then the U-shaped kitchen is ideal. It is also perfect for the demands of a family, offering maximum storage space with many wall cabinets and select corner units.

Pros

  • Can easily move around
  • More place for people to operate
  • Offers more storage area

Cons

  • Corner cabinet at the bottom can be difficult to access
  • Tiny floor area

4. Galley Kitchen

Galley Kitchen layout

This layout is featured in many homes, as it provides two opposing working and storage areas. Add a couple of bar stools to the island unit and this becomes a great kitchen for entertaining and ideal for open plan living.

Pros

  • Everything is within reach
  • Plenty of workspace
  • Still good for small space

Cons

  • Can be narrow
  • Can be difficult for multiple cooks
  • Limited storage space

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