A Guide to the 6 most popular kitchen designs

Everyone has an idea of a dream kitchen etched in the back of their minds. For some, we wish we had more space, for others, better flow and improved finishes. Whatever your design preference, take heart and consider the most popular kitchen layouts before you make your final decision. 

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Each kitchen is different but there are only a set number of configurations that offer the best function and flow. Here are some of the pros and cons of each popular kitchen layout.

The Island Kitchen

Island kitchens are great if you have a large space and enjoy the social environment that comes with food preparation. If you’re looking for a space in which to entertain, then you should consider an island kitchen. With an island kitchen, you can create a great open plan environment that can become a social hub when entertaining. The island should be the feature in the room – a place from which everything flows.

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The U-Shaped Kitchen

This kitchen layout is often great for bigger families where there is more than one cook in the kitchen at a time. A u-shape allows for counter space and also offers flexibility. On the down-side, a U-shape kitchen may feel closed off from the rest of the house. You should also carefully consider the spaces between the work areas in this kitchen layout.

U Shaped Easylife Kitchen

The L-Shaped Kitchen

This is a very popular residential style kitchen as it can easily incorporate a dining room table. Carefully consider where you place your cabinets and appliances. Place tall units (pantry, fridge, wall oven) along one arm of the L, and the main bench (with cooktop and sinks) on the other. This will provide maximum bench and storage space, and plenty of circulation room for at least two people to work within the kitchen area.

L Shaped Modern Kitchen

A Straight-line Kitchen

This layout is often more appropriate in smaller compact spaces such as an apartment or loft-style residence. This layout is ideal for square-shaped combined dining/kitchen spaces where constraints such as corridors, doors or windows may limit the amount of wall space for cabinetry. It is, however, a great design to open up to a living or dining room area, so would work well in an open-plan home.

Classic Easylife Kitchen

The Galley Kitchen

More common in older homes, a galley kitchen generally features a narrow passage situated between two parallel walls. This efficient, “lean” layout is ideal for smaller spaces and one-cook kitchens. This kitchen design has the potential to utilise and transform a passageway into a highly functional space.

The Peninsula Kitchen

A peninsula is basically a connected island, converting an L-shaped kitchen layout into a horseshoe or U-shape. In many kitchens that have this layout, the peninsula serves as a room divider that separates the kitchen from a dining or living room area. This kitchen is great for smaller spaces where an island is not possible.

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