Six Basic Ways to Set Up a Kitchen
The layout of your kitchen—where you place your appliances, your countertops, and your storage—will determine how cook-friendly your kitchen is. Ask yourself:
- Will I have to walk far to get water to top off a pot on the stove?
- Will I have enough space to slice, dice, chop, and otherwise prepare meals?
- Will I have room to store the olive oil near the stove or will I have to go across the room to get it?
- Will two or more cooks be able to work comfortably in the space without constantly bumping into each other?
- Will I be able to easily rinse dishes and load them into the dishwasher?
- Do I prefer a range or a separate cooktop and oven?
- Do I need a prep sink and a cleanup sink?
- Do I need an eating area in the kitchen?
Of course, if you’re remodeling, the structure of your existing home will limit your layout options. You’ll have considerably more flexibility the larger your space and if you’re building a new home or adding on.
Common kitchen plans include the one-wall kitchen, the corridor or galley kitchen, the L or double L kitchen, the U-shaped kitchen and the G-shaped kitchen.