We’ve talked about the styles of kitchens a bit already. When you’re renovating, it only makes sense to consider how to make things look better or to change the appearance to suit your tastes. However, let’s take a moment to look at something else today.
Today we dip into the layout. Now, this might sound like an aesthetic element – and to an extent, it is – but it’s also a practical one. There is more than one way to place a kitchen and its elements.
Let’s start with the simplest of the layouts for your kitchen renovations Perth: the one-wall.
Some older designers might call this the Pullman. Its layout is likely going to end up in a studio or loft because it’s meant to save space. Cabinets and appliances are fixed to one wall, thus the name. A more modern take if you have extra space includes an island, making it closer to a galley layout.
The galley is efficient, it’s lean, and it’s meant mainly for one-cook kitchen scenarios.
The key element here is two walls that are opposite each other, though you can achieve this effect with two parallel countertops. The galley layout uses every bit of space available and lacks corner cabinets to configure. However, you can choose to add those if you like.
Another option is the L-shape, which makes the most of any corners you might have in your space.
The L-shape is great for small designs but excels in the medium-sized spaces. It consists of two countertops on two adjoining, perpendicular walls to form the L. The “legs” can be as long as space allows, though avoid making them too long. The excess length makes it appear less efficient in space use.
The L-shape also has the benefit of cutting down on traffic. The kitchen won’t become a major point of movement because the physical logistics limit it. It also allows you to add a dining space or work areas.
Another angle you can take is the horseshoe. This is a really popular design, utilizing three walls of cabinets and appliances.
Traditionally, each of those “walls” was for cabinets or appliances. However, it’s possible these days to have the L-shape as a base and add an island to form the third “wall.” This has a great workflow around the design and is useful if you expect to have more than one cook around.
You also have the option of adding a place to eat right next to where the food is prepared. However, the design takes up a lot of space. A small area won’t be a good choice for a U-shape.