Which Kitchen Layout Is Right for You?
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Choosing a kitchen layout requires care and thought since it’s a major part of a remodeling project. Unlike kitchen faucets or flooring, homeowners can rarely afford to change this feature every few years and must live with the layout they choose. Make the right choice from the start by considering the relative merits and disadvantages of each of the most popular styles.
For small kitchens or to make the best use of any space, a galley kitchen is a good choice. Yet, some homeowners find the shape of two long counters facing each other a little confining. Galley kitchens work best when they’re kept modern and streamlined so they don’t feel crowded. Building one in the middle of an open floor plan will add both structure and function to the space.
L or U-Shaped Kitchen
Most kitchens fall into one of the two popular letter inspired layouts. L-shaped kitchens are open and align countertops and appliances in a corner between two perpendicular lines. U-shaped kitchens go a step further by adding a third line in the form of an island kitchen or additional countertop. Many U-shaped kitchens have one of the sides open, serving as a breakfast nook or bar area. These kitchen designs are modern and inviting, but they can feel lacking in structure in a large room with an open layout.
Center Island or Peninsula
If the kitchen calls for more surface space than a basic L, another option is to try an island or peninsula of countertop in the center. This encloses the kitchen area even more than a U-shaped layout. Many homeowners choose this kind of layout for open floor plans to give the space structure and delineate the cooking zones from dining and living areas. It’s also a surprisingly functional way to organize space, especially if plenty of room is left between the centerpiece and the sides of the kitchen. However, it does require more space than an L-shape or galley kitchen layout.
How Many Faucets?
No matter the layout, there are ways to work extra kitchen faucets into the design. Pot fillers, drinking water faucets, and other specialty designs help extend the kitchen’s functionality while also adding style. Make sure the kitchen faucet matches the specific needs of the family using it. A pre-rinse faucet is ideal for cleaning up dirty dishes, while widespread and bridge designs are stylish without sacrificing function.