Kitchen Layouts and Floor Plan Ideas

Here are some of the most common kitchen layouts or floor plans, but our designer will work with whatever space you have to create a custom kitchen too.

Island Kitchens
U-Shaped Kitchens
L-Shaped Kitchens
One-Wall Kitchens
Galley Kitchens

Island Kitchens

The inclusion of an island in your kitchen has been a popular choice for quite some time. When utilised correctly, islands can be highly functional and visually impressive, acting as a striking centrepiece. They offer additional work surfaces, seating, and storage, making them understandably popular. However, it's important not to overcrowd your kitchen with an island if the space does not support it. Consider the flow of foot traffic and strategically position your main appliances such as the fridge, cooker, and sink around the island. Leave approximately 1.2 meters of clearance all around the island to ensure smooth movement for two people. Additionally, create a small triangle from the worktop to the fridge and cooker, ensuring that no one needs to pass through this area while someone is cooking. Islands can incorporate sinks and cookers, making it easier to maintain the functionality of the "triangle," but it's generally recommended to have at least 15 square meters of space to accommodate an island.

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U-Shaped Kitchens

The U-shaped layout is considered the most ideal for a wide range of homes and shapes and is also the most common, especially in older homes where space may be limited, making islands impractical. A U-shaped kitchen consists of cabinets and appliances along three walls. This layout is particularly suitable for larger households where multiple people may be cooking simultaneously. Its flexibility allows it to work in both narrow and wide spaces. In larger kitchens, the central space can be allocated for a dining table. The main advantage of this traditional design is ample storage, although it may involve higher costs for cabinets.

L-Shaped Kitchens

L-shaped kitchens have become less popular in recent times, primarily because they don't blend well with open-plan layouts. However, they do offer some advantages, especially in limited spaces, as they minimise traffic issues caused by people crossing paths. L-shapes also allow you to have a centre table in the space. The layout also makes grouping appliances easy with sinks and dishwashers on one wall and cooking and fridge on the other.

One-Wall Kitchens

One-wall kitchens are predominantly found in flats or apartments, particularly studio flats where there is no dedicated kitchen space, and everything is part of an open-plan layout. They are ideal for saving space or working within confined areas. In some cases, larger square kitchens can adopt this style and seamlessly blend with a more traditional dining area. The downside is that everything needs to be integrated into the cabinets to maintain a tidy appearance.

Galley Kitchens

Galley kitchens are often found in older apartments or terraced houses, characterised by two walls with exits at both ends. While not a popular choice unless dictated by the property's layout, galley kitchens effectively maximise space. However, they may not be suitable for busy households due to the number of people using the one main footpath.


Layout Pros And Cons

There are pros and cons to all these layouts but by talking with our kitchen designer we will know if what you already have in mind will work, or we will find out by discussing your needs and measuring up your kitchen on site. Don’t worry, we won’t let you fall into one of the many kitchen layout mistakes that DIYers often make.

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Are these the only layouts you can work on?

No, these are just some of the most common based on the majority of housing styles. All houses are unique and our designer can create a custom design that maximises your space whilst still retaining functionality

Which is the best kitchen layout or floor-plan?

There isn’t one. The best layout is the one that suits your aims, lifestyle, space and budget. Every kitchen is as unique as our clients themselves and we will custom design a layout if one of the above doesn’t suit

What if we have already planned our own layout?

Thats great! We will make sure it still functions to its maximum whilst helping you avoid some kitchen layout mistakes (there are many), but that’s the beauty of working with a professional designer on your layout or floor-plan

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