How to create a practical layout for your kitchen

When you begin to plan your new kitchen, it can be easy to overlook functionality and think solely on style. However, this can come at a greater cost later on as you will find that the kitchen cannot provide enough for your personal needs. With this in mind, it helps to create a practical layout for your kitchen to kick things off.

Determining the best kitchen layout for you

It can be difficult to determine which kitchen layout is best suited for your lifestyle. However, you can begin by assessing its shape and side. This is because doing so can help you establish how many units can fit into the layout. Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, but the most common are galley, L-shaped, U-shaped or island.

Small Kitchens

For a smaller kitchen, a galley style layout with units that are long and narrow down each side may be ideal. This will allow you to get as much storage and surface space possible for better kitchen utilisation. To add balance, consider placing your fridge on one side and your oven and sink on the other.

Large open plan

If you are working with a large, open plan living space, then you may want to consider an L-shape layout. This will allow you to have two units on two walls that face into the room. With an L-shape kitchen, you can add an island for more storage and function. This will also create a social space that ties together living and dining.

However, some homeowners choose U-shaped layouts as they have three walls, offering more space to fit everything in.

What to consider when planning your kitchen layout

There are a few things to consider when planning your layout and assessing the space you have to work with. It’s important to think about what your kitchen should provide; would you like to create a social space or is it purely a room for cooking? This will help you decide how you use your space and whether you intend to make it open plan or keep it contained.


Once you have determined a layout, you can then think about style. Would you like a traditional, shaker style kitchen or would you prefer a contemporary style? Once you have chosen, you can speak with a designer to establish how to bring your ideas to life.

Book a design consultation with EBKB

At EBKB, we offer a no-obligation, free design consultation. Here, you can discuss anything you need, while we put together a plan of action that works with both your desires and the capabilities of your kitchen. Get in touch to find out more about our services.


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