If you are planning to hack your kitchen and give it a complete makeover, then there are a few layouts that you must keep in mind. You can have the fanciest of appliances and the choicest of materials and finishes, but what really makes it efficient is the kitchen layout.

In order to be able to enjoy a flawless cooking experience, you need to have everything in the right place. Therefore, before you go into the nitty-gritty of things, here are popular layouts that you must explore and decide which one is best for you.

What are the 6 types of kitchen layouts?

#1. U-shaped

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Ideal for multiple cooks cooking at the same time

Does your kitchen enjoy the luxury of some extra footage? Then a U-shaped kitchen might work out really well for you. Ideally, in a U-shaped kitchen, the worktop, overhead cabinets and base cabinets run along three adjacent walls. If planned well, this layout ensures minimum movement around the kitchen to get things done.


  • Offers ample work and storage space
  • Everything is placed at an almost equal distance
  • Great for multiple cooks
  • You can add an island if space permits


  • Small spaces cannot accommodate this layout
  • Can turn out to be expensive
  • Sometimes corners of base cabinets might be difficult to use

#2. L-shaped

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Provides versatile spaces for placing the kitchen zones

The most popular kitchen layout amongst everything else, L-shaped kitchens can be worked out in any space. It has worktops running along two adjoining walls that are perpendicular to each other. If space allows, you can incorporate an island in the centre that doubles up as an extra worktop or seating area. A basic, sample L-shaped kitchen layout measures 10X10 without any add-ons.


  • Ideal layout for open plan homes
  • The golden triangle (most efficient way to set up a kitchen design) works out best in this layout
  • Great for corner kitchen spaces


  • Not suitable for small kitchen spaces since navigation can be tedious
  • More space means more maintenance

#3. G-shaped

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Perfect for social butterflies

A variation of the U-shaped layout, G-shaped kitchens have an extra counter called a peninsula that can be utilised as a breakfast counter or for storage. If you add a second sink or a cooktop, you can easily have two work triangles for higher efficiency.


  • The peninsula created extra counter space
  • An ideal addition to a narrow kitchen
  • It can be used as a divider to define spaces


  • Foot traffic can be disrupted
  • Due to the placement of the peninsula, it can be difficult to access corner storage at times
  • Small kitchens cannot benefit from this layout

#4. Island

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Can be converted into a mini dining area

The most creative kitchen layout from list—island kitchens. An island is a space where you can be most creative in terms of the size, countertop material, lights and so on. This can be your unique designer spot in the kitchen. Also, it is an obvious addition to a workspace. You can also have the hob or other appliances on your island.


  • Creates extra storage and prep space
  • Gives an option to add seating in the kitchen
  • A great opportunity to create a focal point in the kitchen


  • Can disrupt the golden triangle
  • If not utilised well, it can actually end being dead space
  • Installing an island will add to your kitchen renovation cost

#5. Parallel or galley

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A cost-effective layout

The most efficient kitchen layout for narrow spaces, a galley kitchen has counters running on opposite walls with a single lane for traffic. You can place the cooktop on one side and the refrigerator and sink on the other to create a golden triangle. You can have this layout in open-plan homes with both ends of the kitchen open.


  • Provides maximum scope for efficiency
  • Offers plenty of storage area with numerous cabinets
  • A great layout if you have a door or a window on one end


  • Can get crowded in the lane in the middle is too narrow
  • Leaves no scope for adding corner units

#6. One wall or open kitchen

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If you do not involve in extensive cooking every day

Looking for that perfect kitchen layout for compact homes? One wall kitchens are your best bet. As the name suggests, you need exactly one wall to make a kitchen at home. The work triangle here forms a linear line with the sink between the cooktop and the refrigerator. So this layout works perfectly for small kitchens.


  • Best layout for homes that are too cramped
  • Ideal for people who do not like closed kitchens
  • Allows free movement in front of the counter
  • Most cost-effective layout


  • Can involve a bit of movement that can disrupt the efficiency
  • Very open and needs proper ventilation
  • Needs an island or a dining table right in front of it

What’s the Best Kitchen Layout for You?

So, after you get an understanding of all the layouts, you will probably wonder which one is the best for you. So we are going to break it down for you.

  • If you have ample space in your kitchen and you are going to hack it completely, we recommend that you get an L-shaped or a U-shaped layout.
  • If you are low on space, then you must consider a G-shaped or a peninsula kitchen.
  • Similarly, if you have an open-plan setting, then galley kitchens and one wall kitchens are your best bet.

If you are now ready to decide your layout, then check out How to Zero in on the Perfect Kitchen for Your Home.

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