How to Plan Your Kitchen’s Layout

U, I, C, G or L — figuring out what layout to use for your kitchen is almost like learning to speak a new language. Luckily, Houzz’s kitchen layout guides can help you find the right translation for your kitchen remodel, or even help you learn how to make your current layout work just a little bit better.

Check out these seven guides to see which layout might suit your house and the way you like to cook.

contemporary kitchen by Steven Miller Design Studio, Inc.

by Steven Miller Design Studio, Inc.

L-Shaped Kitchens

One of today’s more popular kitchen layouts, the L shape with a central island is great for today’s multipurpose kitchens. Although this layout works best with plenty of space, its variations makes it an easy fit for almost any style.

eclectic kitchen by Jason Arnold Interiors | Nashville, Tennessee

by Jason Arnold Interiors | Nashville, Tennessee

I-Shaped Kitchens

So simple that it’s often forgotten, the single galley kitchen (also known as the I-shaped kitchen) is a great solution for small spaces. For open lofts and small apartments, this layout is often the only available solution. Others love this single-wall setup for its simplicity and affordability.

traditional kitchen by Moroso Construction

by Moroso Construction

U-Shaped Kitchens

Best for busy cooks, the U-shaped kitchen keeps everything within easy reach. Also called the C-shaped kitchen, this layout includes a peninsula. Many times these kitchens also have the refrigerator on a wall outside the U, keeping it inside the work triangle but out of any potential counter space.

contemporary kitchen by modern house architects

by modern house architects

Galley Kitchens

Most galley kitchens stick to a simple and efficient pattern — the sink, prep and range stand in a single line, with the prep area equidistant from both cooking and cleaning spaces. However, today’s galley can be more flexible for modern lifestyles. Adding a kitchen table, taking out walls and adding seating can all make this style work for today’s homes.

contemporary kitchen by Soorikian Architecture

by Soorikian Architecture

Island or Peninsula?

While some want an island right off the bat, sometimes a peninsula is a better choice — and sometimes you need both. Learn what setup makes the most sense for your kitchen.

traditional kitchen by AHMANN LLC


Appliance Layout

The kitchen work triangle is often touted as the ultimate design consideration for kitchen layouts. But while it’s important to reference the work triangle in a kitchen remodel, it isn’t the solution to every layout problem. Instead, focus on what works best for you and making sure the route between your work centers — cooking, prep and cleaning — is direct.

traditional kitchen by Marlene Wangenheim AKBD, CAPS, Allied Member ASID

by Marlene Wangenheim AKBD, CAPS, Allied Member ASID

Universal Design Kitchen Layouts

The guiding principle of universal design is simple — a space should be comfortable and easy to use for everyone, regardless of age or ability. This is particularly true in a high-traffic area like the kitchen. Taking simple things like counter height and door sizes and types into account can make a dramatic difference in who will be able to access and use your kitchen.

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