Kitchen Trends: Common Kitchen Configurations
|Galley with Island|
|L-Shape with Peninsula|
|Modified L-Shaped with Island|
|L-Shaped with Island|
|U-Shaped with Island|
|Modified U-Shaped with Island|
U-Shaped with Island: This layout builds on the typical U-shape by adding an island space to serve all three legs of the kitchen. The island addition is ideal for kitchens with multiple cooks since it helps to create working zones for multiple users. The island also helps to keep guests out of the working area of the kitchen while still allowing the cook or cooks to be connected with guests. Adequate clearance around the island is key in this layout with a minimum of 3’-6” required and a recommended 4’-0” to 5’-0” for multiple cooks. The possibilities are nearly endless with this arrangement.
Although there are seven basic kitchen configurations, there are endless variations of each of these. A skilled designer can help you determine which configuration will work best for you by recognizing the limits imposed by existing walls and structure, by taking into consideration the owner’s budget, and by transforming your personal needs and desires into a uniquely suited design solution.