The 5 Basic Kitchen Layouts

U Shaped Kitchen

The 5 Basic Kitchen Layouts you see in homes around Minnesota. The customization of these style we specialize in so if you have any questions please contact us.

The L-shaped Kitchen:

L-Shaped Kitchen Layout Example Blueprint. Kitchen Design 101.

In an L-shaped kitchen layout, a natural work triangle is created from continuous counter space and work stations on two adjacent walls.  The benefit of this kitchen floor plan is that it not only provides the cook with an efficient work area, but it typically opens to a nearby room, making it easy for the cook to interact with guests.

The U-shaped Kitchen:

U-Shaped Kitchen Layout Example Blueprint. Kitchen Design 101.

The U-shaped kitchen design is the most versatile layout for kitchens large and small because the layout offers continuous countertops and ample storage, which surround the cook on three sides.  In larger kitchens, this floor plan is spacious enough to be divided into multiple work stations for cooks to easily prepare a meal together without getting in each other’s way.

How to enhance the U-shaped kitchen layout:

To maximize storage and keep countertops clutter free, conceal the microwave in a base or wall cabinet and store large cooking essentials in a corner lazy susan.

The G-shaped Kitchen:

G-Shaped Kitchen Layout Example Blueprint. Kitchen Design 101.

The G-shaped kitchen layout is a version of the U-shaped kitchen layout, with the same amount of counter space and storage options that surround the cook on three sides.  However, the difference with the G-shaped kitchen floor plan is the peninsula or partial fourth wall of additional cabinets.

How to enhance the G-shaped kitchen layout:

Depending on the size of the kitchen, G-shaped kitchens can seem cramped.  To make the room feel more spacious, open up the wall in a nearby room and create a pass-through or breakfast bar for the family.

The Single-Wall (or Straight Kitchen):

Single Wall or Straight Kitchen Layout. Kitchen Design Tips.

The single-wall kitchen floor plan is ideal for smaller homes.  The work triangle in this kitchen layout is less like a triangle and more of a work line with all three kitchen zones along one wall.

How to enhance the Single-wall kitchen:

Add additional storage and maximize the space by stacking cabinetry such as the wall pantry pull-out above the base pantry pull-out.

The Galley Kitchen (or Corridor Kitchen):

Kitchen design tips for the Corridor or Galley Kitchen Layout.

The galley kitchen layout has a workspace large enough for one cook.  In this kitchen floor plan, the work stations face each other on parallel walls, creating a small work triangle.

How to enhance the Galley kitchen:

Similar to the single-wall kitchen floor plan, stack storage solutions to maximize space.  If possible, add a pass-through or remove a wall to open the kitchen, but still allow for base cabinetry and countertop space.