Planning the Perfect Kitchen Layout: Part One

When embarking on a new kitchen, the most important step is to ensure the layout makes the most efficient and stylish use of your space. Though every home and its owner are different, a fresh layout will complement any design and transform the room into an entirely different and unique setting. In ‘Part One’ of our two-part series, we look at popular layouts and offer some invaluable tips on how to get the most out of your kitchen design:

Dazzling Design
The structure of your kitchen layout should be influenced by your everyday habits and routine; how your kitchen is used, how much storage you need, how easily accessible storage needs to be etc. Similarly, you need to consider what the main purpose of your kitchen will be – is cooking your main priority or would you like an open plan space for entertaining guests? Invest time discussing ideas with your kitchen designer so they can work out what layout best suits your requirements.

The shape of your kitchen will certainly impact your design to some degree, but an experienced designer can easily make the most of an unusually-shaped room by adding bespoke features, or unique elements. For example, an alcove can be adapted into a breakfast, diner-style booth for the wow factor, or turned into an open-door pantry. Using a bespoke kitchen manufacturer, such as Stoneham, allows for optimum flexibility so your designer can plan the kitchen around your exact requirements.

Visit Stoneham’s state-of-the-art showroom and/or website for inspiration and meet with one of our designers to really bring your ideas to life. Make sure to spend a good length of time talking to us about your wants and needs.

Stunning Styles
It’s important to think about the shape of your kitchen and what you can achieve in it. The most common layouts include U-shaped kitchens, L-shaped and galley kitchens. U-shaped have three walls and offer more storage options, and if they are large enough can facilitate a central kitchen island. They’re user-friendly and offer plenty of prep space for cooking. However, the three walls do harbour the potential of making the room feel isolated from the rest of the house, with the additional risk of too much storage reducing floor space. These kitchens are definitely more suited to cooking-enthusiasts, rather than social butterflies.

If you’re a keen party host, then L-shaped kitchens are a good fit. They use an open plan concept making them feel spacious and are ideal for socialising and entertaining guests; their multiple entrances and exits means that traffic can flow freely. The ‘L’ shape of two walls naturally opens the space, which is perfect if you have a smaller kitchen. Just be wary that this shape isn’t multiple-cook friendly, as work surfaces for prep can be limited.

Galley kitchens have walls either side and are ideal if you have limited space. By making the most of wall space, they can provide plenty of storage and are shining examples of the optimum ‘working triangle’, with a galley shape perfectly poised for optimum kitchen appliance placement. Functionality is one of its biggest advantages, as its linear shape makes everything accessible within a few steps.

As highlighted earlier, if you are considering a specific layout, it’s crucial to consider your lifestyle and requirements and decide what your priorities are. You may need to reconfigure the room to create the ideal space, but by working closely with a designer, you’ll be able to optimise your space for the perfect kitchen layout.

Join us next week for Planning the Perfect Kitchen Layout: Part Two. In the meantime, keep up with our latest news and views on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.