The kitchen is the life line of any home. Why wouldn’t it be? The food for your hungry stomach is cooked there. Yeah! It’s the biggest reason why the kitchen is the life line of your home… 🙂 I am not a regular cook. For me standing in the kitchen and cooking is like having a continuous itching in feet before I leave the place…:-/
I just wonder sometimes, how a home maker manages to cook 3 times a day (minimum), every day. Doesn’t she get bored? Well, that’s why a variety of designer kitchens are available in the market, designers are putting a lot of effort allure woman in the kitchen. To make their life interesting and easy. So that they can enjoy while cooking.
Designer kitchens mean happy mood…Happy mood means, happy food… And happy food means…. feeling good… 🙂 🙂
But no matter what the color scheme says, what the theme is, if the layout of the kitchen is not good then definitely it will lose its charm after some time. Here I am going to discuss few kitchen layout that, their cons and pros.
After reading today’s post you will know the different types of kitchen layout. Which one will suit your space and what are the cons and pros of each of them.
There are major five different type of kitchen layout
- Linear/One wall kitchen
- L-Shaped kitchen
- U-shaped kitchen
- Corridor kitchen
- Island kitchen/ Broken U kitchen
1-Linear/One wall kitchen layout
As the name suggests, in this type of layout all the three basic elements of the kitchen (cooking range, the sink, the refrigerator) are stacked to one wall. This type of kitchen is suitable for smaller places. The lack of space while cooking, creating a less social environment for the person who is cooking, the cluttered counter makes this layout least preferable.
The lack of space while cooking can create a cluttered space. The plus point of this type of kitchen is that it required lesser space to install.
Note- Keep hob/cooking range between the sink and refrigeration for smooth circulation.
As you can see from the image, L-Shaped kitchen layout has two sides of the counter attached to walls. This type of kitchen is suitable for studio apartments, 1 BHK apartments. The kitchen doesn’t provide a lot of working space for preparation of food. Minimum 4’0″ clearance for the circulation.
The kitchen doesn’t provide a lot of working space for preparation of food. Minimum 4’0″ clearance for the circulation.
The second image shows the work triangle. As the length of the kitchen increases, working triangle perimeter will increase will won’t create and uncomfortable working conditions for the worker.It is preferable to keep the cooking range/hob in between the sink and refrigerator for smooth circulation.
It is preferable to keep the cooking range/hob in between the sink and refrigerator for smooth circulation.
U Shaped kitchen
U shaped kitchen layout is the most efficient kitchen layout. It provides a lot of floor space to carry various activities. It is the perfect layout for your home.
Very good work triangle and more than two people can work together and can have delightful ambiance for cooking.
Corridor/Gallery Kitchen layout
This type of kitchen has counter attached to both sides of the wall. It has a passage in between.The kitchen looks opens and has airy ambiance. But because it also acts as circulation space for rest of the house. It can create a problem during peak hours of cooking.
Island or Broken U kitchen
This type of kitchen has is generally open. And if you will want to close the doors then it will become a U-shaped kitchen. It looks beautiful and well organized. One of my favorite. But the disadvantage of this kitchen is, during the time of cooking the smell of the food and fumes will spread in the house. So not suitable for Indian homes.
Work Triangle -Connects the three main areas of the kitchen that are cooking range/hob, sink and refrigerators (preparation zone in case of Indian houses) and form a triangle. The perimeter of the triangles should range between 13′ to 23′ for better functioning of the kitchen.