Preparing a meal for your friends and family should be an enjoyable task and a properly arranged and designed kitchen space is very essential for this. When we talk about remodeling a kitchen, it is often in relation to updating the cabinets, sinks and countertops. However, designing a kitchen to make it user friendly is much more than this. It is vital that you get into the true mood and essence of the space and plan the layout according to your choice and the space available for renovation. Right from deciding on the color and the design schemes to the proper fixation of electrical and plumbing systems, it is vital that you keep everything in mind. Normally, we prefer to seek professional help to make the proper arrangements, but such procedures are usually time consuming and require a lot of money. For your help, we have provided certain plans, which will definitely help you know how to layout a kitchen.
Basic Kitchen Layout Plans
- If the space allotted for your kitchen is long and narrow, you can go for the basic “one-walled” kitchen design. Remodeling of such a space is quite inexpensive and proper workspace can be arranged by using basic kitchen equipments and apparatus.
- A slight variation of the “one-walled” design is the “L-shaped” kitchen design. This pattern is very popular among the masses and allows ample working space, without any trafficking and crowding problems.
- A highly functional and highly evolved kitchen layout plan is the “double L shaped’ kitchen pattern. This layout not only allows for dual working areas but also ensures comfortable and easy working within the space. The larger “L” has ample of open counter space, as the cook top from this area is shifted to the smaller “L” workstation, unlike the single “L” work space. Also, sinks are installed in each of the workstations, making work easier and faster.
- Another functional kitchen layout plan is the “corridor” pattern, with the installation of counters on both the sides. Although this design is great for the setting up of cabinets and counters, crowding may be a major problem that may occur between the two workstations. This pattern, however, is highly affordable and is widely preferred by the masses.
- The “U shaped” pattern is another kitchen layout pattern, which is very similar with the corridor pattern, except that there is a closed end between the two workstations, for the installation of a sink or a range.
- After deciding on the particular pattern or layout, start fixing the counters and cabinets. There are three basic counter layout patterns, namely the perimeter pattern, the peninsula pattern and finally the island pattern.
- You can proceed to the arrangement of the “kitchen triangle” i.e. the arrangement of the sink, oven or stove and the refrigerator. This triangle should not be more than 9 feet or less than 4 feet for a proper and comfortable working space.
- Correctly estimate the total area allotted for the kitchen space and make a blue print of the area on a piece of grid paper. This will help you plan the arrangements properly and in a systematic manner.