Q: What are the most common kitchen plan designs?
A: The basic kitchen plan, in other words, the classic kitchen design comes in one of the following designs—the u-shape, the L-shape, the island and the peninsula designs. In addition to designs, other basic kitchen plans deal with how you treat your space, be it walking space, workspace, cooking space and more.
The U-Shape Design
The efficient u-shape plan is versatile and usually puts one’s workstation on each of three walls. The pros of this are great storage and counter space on three sides that maximize efficiency. Keep in mind, however, that if you entertain a lot or need to accommodate multiple cooks in the kitchen, the u-shape probably isn’t the best design for your kitchen.
Another thing to consider is your traffic space, or your area for walking. You will want to start with the basic 8×8 foot space–anything less won’t provide the minimum 4 feet work space that is recommended for the center of the room. In a large kitchen for maximum efficiency, you may consider delegating one workstation in a freestanding island.
The L-Shape Design
The L-shape plan allows two workstations on one wall and the third on an adjacent wall. This layout is much more efficient concerning space than the U-shape plan especially if the main workstations are located close to the bend of the L. The L-shaped plan is not well suited for small kitchen spaces and you need to allow enough open counter space between the two workstations that share the same wall. This is at least four feet.
Arranging the Workstations
Another “space” to consider includes the arrangement of your workstations. The work needs to flow from the refrigerator to the sink and then to the stove cooktop and serving area. An ideal eating nook is the area opposite the bend of the L.
The Island Design
The island plan is a popular design because it features a freestanding workstation usually including the sink or stovetop. This is a wonderful plan for large kitchens where the work triangle exceeds the twenty-six foot rule dictates for maximum efficiency. Island plans are not well suited in kitchens where two work stations must be on opposite walls.
The island is a convenient location for specialty countertops such as butcher block for chopping veggies or marble for rolling out those delectable desserts. Another idea is a rolling island which can roll outside to your patio or deck when entertaining guest.
The Peninsula Design
When one end of the island is anchored to a wall or line of cabinets, this is called a peninsula plan. The peninsula kitchen packs all the versatility of island but does not require as much space. Like islands, the peninsula plan gives the cook a workstation and a view into another room rather than just toward a wall. After meal preparation, a peninsula can double as a serving buffet or bar.
Regardless of the plan you choose for your kitchen, ACo can ensure that the shape, look and feel fit your specific needs. Contact us today for a consultation or to discuss options for your new kitchen!