What Kitchen Floor Plan Is Right For You?

Kitchen Remodeling Company Can Help With Your Floor Plan

A kitchen remodeling company can help you renovate your kitchen to create the experience you want at home. However, one of the most crucial elements of success for a great kitchen is the planning stage, which involves figuring out the floor plan that will work best for you.

There are many types of floor plans to consider, but most homeowners will work with five primary configurations.

L-Shape

The most common floor plan, and one many people have grown up with, is the L-shape. As the name suggests, it lays out a “work triangle” at 90-degree angles to each other, with the sink on one side of the “L” and the range on the other. This creates an organized system for using counter space between the two fixtures and moving between them as and when needed.

L-shape floor plans are space efficient, as they only require two countertops in the kitchen.

Island Floor plan

In recent years, the inclusion of the island countertop in the middle of the kitchen has created more design possibilities. However, it’s also important to note that the island counter floor plan requires a minimum amount of space. This can become a significant issue if there’s a lot of traffic through the kitchen at food preparation times or if there’s more than one person involved in food preparation.

Ironically, the basic L-shape floor plan often works quite well with the addition of an island counter, so in some cases, the island counter is considered merely a premium version of the traditional L-shape. However, the addition of an extra counter is significant and dramatically alters the flow of a work triangle in a kitchen.

Galley

This is often a popular and practical choice for smaller kitchen spaces. The galley floor plan—as you might gather from the name—assumes space is at a premium and puts counters on either side, with a corridor for traffic between. This is a common floor plan for ships, where having a large, spacious kitchen isn’t practical within ship design constraints.

For smaller homes, galley floor plans often work best in smaller kitchens with a single primary cook. However, when planned correctly, this design is incredibly efficient and convenient, as food preparation gets two sizable countertop surfaces in front and behind.

U-Shape

The U-shape floor plan is another common and smart use of space. Depending on the home size, the U-shape may either take advantage of a smaller space by adding additional countertop space to the L-shape floor plan or, for larger kitchens, provide even more food prep zones.

This arrangement makes it possible to create a new workflow between refrigerator, sink, and range.

P-Shape

An interesting usage of space, the “P-shape,” can also be thought of as an “incomplete” U-shape as one end will be shorter than the other, creating a “peninsula.” It is peninsular in the sense that the other counter is almost like an island counter, still open on one end while being connected on the other to the rest of the L or U-shape floor plan.

This can be the perfect solution for kitchens of certain sizes and layouts in a home.

If you want to work with an experienced kitchen remodeling company on your project, contact us today.