Your Optimal Kitchen Layout Guide

The role of our kitchen has expanded significantly over the years. We experiment with different cuisines, use it as a temporary workspace, and turn it into a communal space for families and friends. Think ahead about what sort of layout works best for you and your family. An appropriate, well-considered design can make a huge difference to the enjoyment of your home.


List the tasks you normally do in the kitchen. Designate an area which contains everything you need to perform each specific task. Here are some examples:

– Food prep: Counter area, utensils, prep tools (grater, strainer, etc.), seasoning

– Cooking: Stove, oven, microwave, cookware and other appliances

– Eating: Island bench, cutlery and crockery

– Cleaning: Dishwasher, sink, garbage bin, cleaning tools

The idea is to keep you within the work zone when you are doing a task, that way you won’t have to be all over the kitchen just to find that spatula!

Allocate space for future use
Families always end up with more appliances as their lifestyle evolves. Will there still be adequate space if you get a coffee machine? Or a cold press juicer? Maybe you need a shelf dedicated to your Asian spices?

Leave additional room for your guests to mingle
Food preparation and cooking are much more enjoyable if you can chat and share a drink with guests at the same time. Island benches with stools are great for this purpose. With this design, you can also watch your kids do their homework or play while you cook.

Thinking about housing styles, how about Hampton?

If you are not sure where to start, here are five most common kitchen layouts to consider:

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L Shape – Kitchen occupies the corner and integrates with other living areas. This design comes with additional bench space and works well if there is more than one person in the kitchen at the same time.
U-Shape – Compact design that boasts optimal bench and storage space, more suited to a single cook household
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Single Wall – Kitchen runs along one wall, perfect for small homes or apartments
Island Bench – Provides an inclusive environment where people can gather. Most kitchen configurations can include an island bench if there is enough space, but it is most suited to a Wall or L-shaped kitchen.
Galley – Cabinets and appliances on two opposing walls, offers an easy workflow when it comes to cooking, however may limit space for traffic

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Zoe Langenberg

Zoe is passionate about coffee and interior design. You can find her most weekends exploring an art gallery or devouring a good book.


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