5 common kitchen layouts: which is best for you? / by Claire Grotz

One Wall Kitchen
Pros: This one is great for small spaces or an open-concept layout. All the appliances are placed along one wall, saving space for a dining area or island.
Cons: Unless an island is included in the layout, counter space is limited because of the square footage the appliances take up.

Galley Kitchen
Pros: This is functionally the most efficient kitchen layout, and is most common in restaurants. Prep work or plating food can happen on one side of the kitchen, while the cooking happens on the other.
Cons: In a residential setting it is often nice to have dining or socializing space in the kitchen, which is not feasible with this layout.

U-Shape Kitchen
Pros: It’s efficient for one cook, and the open end allows for some connection to a dining area.
Cons: The compact layout can be difficult for more than one cook to work at a time, and most often there isn’t room to add an island.

G-Shaped Kitchen
Pros: The peninsula works well when there isn’t enough room for circulation around an island. Bar seating can be added at one end, and the space can be open to the dining area for socializing.
Cons:  Generally it is desirable for the peninsula to be open to the dining area, which means upper cabinet space is limited because they are placed only on 3 of the walls.

L-Shaped Kitchen
Pros: This is a popular layout for open-concept spaces for people who like to entertain because multiple cooks can work at the same time, and an island can be added (provided there is enough space) for seating in the kitchen area.
Cons: Without space for an island, socializing while cooking can be less comfortable.