L-Shaped Kitchens

Reclaim your unused corner space with the right L-shaped kitchen design.

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

The L-shaped kitchen is often the ultimate solution for maximizing odd corner spaces in a corner-style layout. The L-shaped kitchen can be seen in large and small kitchen designs with two adjoining walls that are lined with countertops, cabinets and appliances.

L-Shaped Kitchen Designs

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Flexible Design

The versatile L-shaped kitchen consists of countertops on two adjoining walls that are perpendicular, forming an L. The "legs" of the L can be as long as you want, though keeping them less than 12 to 15 feet will allow you to efficiently use the space. Design by Alicia Friedmann

Small-Space Kitchens

An L-shape layout is often a smart choice for a smaller kitchen. In this retro-inspired kitchen, shorter "legs" mean less distance between the sink, stove and refrigerator, allowing the space to be used more efficiently.

Functional Kitchen Island

If your L-shaped kitchen is large enough to accommodate one, an island is a great addition for entertaining and extra counter space. This kitchen's spacious island with a sink allows the cook to face guests while preparing food.

From: Drury Design

Overhead Kitchen Storage

While large windows provide a gorgeous view and fill this kitchen with natural light, they take up space that could be used for storage. An island with shelving and a ceiling-mounted pot rack solve the problem, adding additional storage for dishes and cookware. Design by Greta Goss

Photo By: Designer, Greta Goss

Eat-In Kitchen

L-shaped kitchens are often open enough to accommodate a small table, creating a casual space for family meals. This contemporary kitchen has both a table and an island with extra seating.

Flowing Floor Plan

A doorway connects this L-shaped kitchen to the backyard, opening up the space and making outdoor entertaining easy. Design by Rate My Space user Perri

Room for Two Chefs

Unlike some kitchen layouts, L-shaped kitchens are often large enough to accommodate multiple people. This kitchen's dual professional-style ranges and ample counter space allow two cooks to work at the same time, while the office nook and central island can be used for snacks or studying. Design by Alan Hilsabeck, Jr.

From: Alan Hilsabeck, Jr.

Photo By: Designer, Alan Hilsabeck Jr.

Universal Design in Kitchen

This kitchen's L-shaped layout makes it spacious enough to accommodate a wheelchair. The lowered countertops at the island are also wheelchair accessible. Design by Rate My Space user njhaus

Lightened Up

By minimizing the amount of cabinets on the walls, the designer kept this kitchen light and airy. Base drawers and cabinets still provide plenty of storage space. Design by Kenneth Brown.

Kitchen With Industrial Flair

Professional-grade appliances and an efficient layout make this kitchen worthy of a restaurant. Stone walls and floors balance the stainless steel elements and keep the space from feeling cold. Design by Tina Muller

From: Drury Design

This design also creates an open flooring plan, making it easy to move about the space or create a transitional kitchen where the area easily leads to a sit-down dining space or breakfast nook. This kitchen is suitable for a wide range of kitchen styles, including a family-oriented design or one that is suitable for entertaining guests.

The L-shaped kitchen's open atmosphere allows for a wide range of colors and textures. Choose light cabinetry paired with a mosaic backsplash and stainless steel appliances or white cabinets with dark wood floors and retro appliances for a vintage style L-shaped kitchen.

Large L-shaped kitchens may have room to accommodate a small kitchen island. If this is the case in your kitchen, then consider incorporating an extra sink space if you regularly prepare food, or try pub-style seating on one side of the island for casual dining.

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