Most Common Kitchen Layouts

One of the most important aspects of any kitchen is the layout. After all, the layout is what determines how easy your kitchen is to navigate and how convenient it is for both cooking and entertaining. Each layout has its own benefits, so it’s important to consider what kind of kitchen experience you’re looking to enjoy when designing your own. Here are the most common kitchen layouts to consider.

L Shape

The L-shaped kitchen is especially popular in modern designs. Put simply, the L-shaped kitchen features all your appliances and other items on two walls that intersect at a 90-degree angle with one wall longer than the other. Given that only two walls comprise this layout, it offers a very open feel to the kitchen. It’s useful if you don’t want to be isolated from the rest of the house. Just keep in mind that working in the kitchen will put your back to everyone else in the house, so you may want to install an island to be able to work and face people at the same time.

U Shape

A U-shaped kitchen contains three walls connected in a square shape. This design makes it easy to take advantage of the triangle design with easy access to the fridge, cooking space and sink while still maintaining plenty of space. The U shape is typically best suited for kitchens that are separated from the rest of the home. If you’re using your kitchen for cooking without worrying about entertaining, this may be the perfect design.

G Shape

An even more isolated option is the G-shaped kitchen. This type of kitchen is typically entirely closed off except for one point of access. The benefit is that you have plenty of counter space for working and cooking. The extra peninsula area isn’t necessarily completely closed off either. It can be as high as a counter, leaving plenty of space to connect with those outside the kitchen. In fact, it’s common to set up stools or chairs at the added peninsula to function as a breakfast nook.


The galley kitchen is like a U-shaped kitchen but without the connecting third wall. Instead, this design implements two perpendicular walls. If there aren’t entrances on both sides, the closed side is typically just a flat wall without any extra space or an entrance to a laundry area in the case of many apartments. While this design can make cooks feel closed off, it’s remarkably efficient, as the most important items are all close together. Adding windows and ensuring that both sides are open is a great way to reduce that feeling of isolation within.

One Wall

A one-wall kitchen is one in which all the appliances and counter space are situated on one wall. This is most commonly seen in smaller properties, and this design comes with some great benefits. Everything is easily accessible on one wall, but that space can often fall short. If you use many appliances, your counter space can get seriously limited very quickly. Adding an island or even a portable cart to the area can significantly increase the available space.

Design Your Kitchen Layout With Kitchen Solvers

If you’re ready to implement one of the most common kitchen layouts in your design, Kitchen Solvers is happy to help. No matter how much or how little help you need, our team is always happy to do everything we can to make your kitchen the cooking space of your dreams. Contact us today to start your design plans!

Also be sure to check out our blogs, Steps to Take When You Plan Your Kitchen Remodel and Design Tips to Help With Your Kitchen Remodel for more information on the right kitchen layout for your kitchen. You can also get additional information from our article, Floor Layout – Tips for Planning a Remodel around your Budget and Available Floor Space.