Kitchen Layout Options and Ideas

With a large range of design factors to consider, choosing a kitchen layout has never been more fun.

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Photo by: Ralph Oswald

Ralph Oswald

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

There are many options to consider when choosing a kitchen layout—so many, in fact, that the choices can feel overwhelming. By asking yourself a few simple questions, it can actually be quite easy to determine the best kitchen layout for you.

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When you are deciding on your kitchen layout, it is important to consider a few factors, such as how much storage space you will need, how you plan to use the area, and how much is in your budget for the total kitchen remodel cost.

If you are seeking a family-centered kitchen, then you may want to include a kitchen island that allows for casual seating. This would provide space for entertaining friends and family while food is being prepared, or for chatting with the kids while they have an after-school snack. This kitchen style will also have to incorporate a large refrigerator, dishwasher and stove to accommodate family-style dining.

On the other hand, if entertaining is your top priority, then swanky features like a kitchen island cooktop and quick access to a sit-down dining area will give your home a kitchen space where everyone wants to gather.

Storage space is also important to kitchen layout. Determine whether or not you need a kitchen pantry, how deep your cabinets should be, and whether you will need extra cabinet storage under a large kitchen island.

There are, of course, a number of different kitchen layouts, including galley, one-wall, U-shaped and L-shaped designs. Galley and one-wall designs are much more suitable for smaller spaces, while U-shaped designs allow for a large amount of cabinet and storage space. L-shaped kitchen layouts are ideal for maximizing kitchens that have a corner.

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