Much more than just a place to cook, kitchens today are multi-functional. They are an internal space where people gather, talk, eat and relax with family and friends, the kitchen is the hub of the home.
Most kitchens are integrated into an open-plan living area, making their design of even greater significance than before.
An often-noted consideration to make when deciding on the layout of your kitchen is the concept of the ‘work triangle’. That is, the fridge and pantry (storage), the oven and cooktop (preparation) and the sink dishwasher(clean up), should be placed on three separate walls (or two walls and an island), forming a triangle when a line is drawn between them. The smaller the kitchen work triangle, the smaller the walking space between them. Of course, some kitchens will not be able to accommodate this type of layout.
This is a popular option for a smaller house or apartment living. It runs along one wall and positions appliances underneath counters to maximise bench space, while more shelving or cabinets can be added overhead. If there's enough room, a tall pantry at one end is a handy addition.
The U-shaped kitchen is both functional and efficient, allowing for ease of movement for the cook. The layout also maximises bench and storage space. Making the most of the classic 'work triangle', the kitchen has workspaces positioned along three adjoining walls.
The L-shaped kitchen runs along two adjoining walls creating plenty of storage and workspace. It also works well for the busy family where there is more than one person cooking at the same time. The fridge and sink are generally positioned on one wall with the oven/cooktop on the other. An island bar can also be added for addtional storage and seating.
The galley kitchen is space efficient and ideal for narrow spaces. All the cupboards and appliances are positioned along two opposite walls. For the doors and drawers to be opened with ease, a minimum of 1.2m should be allowed between the cabinets.