Small kitchen layouts – 20 ideas to maximize your small space (2022)

The best small kitchen layouts are crucial to getting the most out of a room with less space than you’d like.Planning a small kitchen layout can be tricky, as finding the best layout can make or break a compact kitchen.

Our kitchen ideas guide to small kitchen layout ideas covers all the bases to help you reach the full potential of your kitchen.

While you might think options can be limited for small kitchen ideas, these smaller spaces often turn out to be far more ergonomically efficient.

No traipsing miles to gather ingredients, or circumnavigating a monolithic island unit to reach the sink. When space is tight, everything is meticulously placed for convenience and is exactly where you need it.

Best small kitchen layouts

When thinking about how to plan a small kitchen layout, it's best to make a list of your ‘must-haves’, particularly in terms of appliances, as they can swallow up a lot of storage space.

Take time to think about how you cook, who else needs access to the kitchen, even if it’s just the fridge, and where the dining table is in relation to the dishwasher.

Do seek advice from a professional kitchen designer. They are trained in spatial design and the latest space-saving innovations, and can often suggest ways to get more in to kitchen layouts without overcrowding.

1. Maximize natural light to make a galley feel bigger

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While it’s a highly sensible layout choice for a long, thin space, double galley kitchens have a reputation for feeling dark and pokey. To help make them feel bigger, be sure to maximize the room’s potential for natural light.

If it’s architecturally possible, maximizing window space at one end of the galley will do wonders for the sense of space in the room. In this small but breathtaking space by designer Beth Webb (opens in new tab), the kitchen of a South Carolina hunting lodge is made to feel light and breezy through the use of floor-to-ceiling windows, helped by the positioning of another window on the perpendicular wall.

2. Open shelving and glass cabinets help create depth

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While closed cabinetry is perfect for keeping kitchens feeling neat and tidy, too much of it on the top half of the elevations is likely to make a small kitchen feel smaller – you’re effectively extending the solid wall outwards into the room.

To combat this, keep solid cabinetry to the lower half of the kitchen, and break up the higher levels with open kitchen shelving ideas and glass-fronted cupboards. In this apartment kitchen by London designers Ward & Co. (opens in new tab), open cabinetry is used exclusively above the worktops, allowing for a greater sense of depth in those areas.

3. Make the most of space with a double galley

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The only layout more spatially efficient than a single galley, is a double galley.

'Double galley kitchens are practical because they efficiently utilise both sides of a narrow space, offering more storage for small kitchens,’ explains Pluck (opens in new tab)’s co-founder George Glasier.

George also explains how this small kitchen layout can make a small kitchen look bigger: ‘As the cabinetry doesn’t meet at the room’s corners, they eliminate the awkward-to-reach corner cupboard debate. Visually they provide symmetry and therefore balance to the space, which can help make a small kitchen appear bigger.'

4. Try a moveable option

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When space is tight, an island unit can become more of an obstacle than asset.

In this 3.6m wide kitchen, interior designer Robert Rhodes (opens in new tab) felt a permanent island, even a narrow one, would have made the space on either side feel small and compromised. Instead, a freestanding vintage table provides extra prep space when needed and can be moved out of the way when entertaining.

‘Going for a freestanding piece can prove much more flexible and also offers a more relaxed, laidback look than fitted units,’ says Robert.

5. Undulate worktops and cabinetry to make the most of space

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If you’re keen to eek out every bit of floor space you can, remember that worktops and cabinetry do not have to be at the same depth the whole way around the kitchen.

In this kitchen owned and designed by Waterworks (opens in new tab)Co-Founder Barbara Sallick, the worktop to the left hand side includes a small inlet opposite the island, between deeper areas that facilitate corner cupboards and a tall glass cabinet. This makes the most of walking space where those few inches of storage space aren’t necessary.

6. Get creative with awkward nooks

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If you’ve inherited a kitchen where architectural features are an obstacle to making the most of the space, it’s time to get creative.

In this apartment kitchen owned by furniture expert Christine Retlev, a window with a low bottom edge makes it difficult to extend the worktop all the way to the end wall. Instead, Retlev installed a lower countertop, and turned the awkward nook into a seating area, perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee alongside views of Manhattan.

7. Add an island

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Kitchen islands can have so many uses, whether it's for storage, extra worktop surface or for sitting.

By incorporating breakfast bar ideas into the design of your kitchen, you're making the space go further with the addition of a handy spot to eat and drink. And it takes up less room than a clunky kitchen table.

8. Think how a single galley might work

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A single galley layout, with the entire kitchen on one elevation, is inspired by the confines of a ship’s galley, where every inch counts.

This striking cobalt kitchen belonging to artist and interior designer Luke Edward Hall (opens in new tab) is in an open-plan room that also accommodates dining and relaxing. Fortunately, the ceiling is high, so Luke could maximize his small kitchen storage options with wall cabinets, without overpowering the room.

‘You can see the kitchen from the sofa,’ says Luke. ‘Although I like to have fresh produce and ceramics on display, it is nice for us to be able to put things away.’

9. Consider U-shape solutions

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If you have to cram a lot of units into a very small space, a U-shape layout is often the best bet. The downside of two corners is compensated by extra cupboard space on the end wall.

‘The key to compact U-shaped kitchens is using every inch to your advantage. Use Le Mans units inside corner cupboards. They’ll bring the contents out to you,’ says Hayley Robson, creative director, Day True (opens in new tab).

‘Take the kitchen cabinets as close to the ceiling as possible. Not only does this look extremely elegant but it also maximises storage more than you would think.’

10. Choose to hide it away

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Combining kitchen, living and dining in one room is a common scenario in small apartments.

For this luxury space in Knightsbridge, interior designer Kia Stanford (opens in new tab)has conceived a hidden kitchen that conceals the more practical side of cooking when the owners are relaxing. ‘The trick is to select materials and finishes more typically associated with living room furniture,’ says Kia.

Here, tall pocket doors shut away the small appliances and boiling water tap. Don’t be fooled by first appearances, this hidden kitchen is fully equipped for cooking up a storm.

11. Add a narrow island

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The width of floor space around an island is arguably more important than the width of the island itself. Aim for at least 90-100cm clear walkway around an island’s full perimeter.

‘It is essential not to make an island’s dimensions too big, as it may restrict movement around the kitchen,’ explains Ben Burbidge, managing director, Burbidge & Son. (opens in new tab)

An island unit should be at least one cabinet deep (60cm) to provide useful storage underneath, a little wider will be useful for spreading out when prepping on the surface.

12. Use clear walls

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Leaving walls free from cabinetry can make a huge impact to the sense of space in a small kitchen. This only works if you have sufficient storage space elsewhere, such as a walk-in pantry.

Open shelving is less burdensome than solid wall cabinets, but even they create a degree of visual ‘noise’, so if it’s simplicity you are seeking, better to go without.

Here, Plain English (opens in new tab) has packed storage into both sides of the peninsula, leaving the walls blissfully empty, bar a simple cooker hood.

13. Try a breakfast bar

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Perfect for casual meals, a quick coffee or chatting to friends while you cook – all without losing prep space – breakfast bars are hugely practical.

‘Don’t assume it isn’t possible to squeeze a breakfast bar into a small kitchen. What a table-style design lacks in storage, it more than makes up for in creating a feeling of lightness and space,’ says Fabiana Scavolini, CEO of Scavolini (opens in new tab).

‘This style of breakfast bar is less obtrusive than a standard peninsula with base units and it opens up the space by showing more of the floor.’

Don't forget to think about lighting ideas for small kitchens (opens in new tab), too, so your breakfast bar can stand out in all its glory.

14. Hide everything behind sliding doors

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For small apartments, open-plan living and teeny-weeny floor plans, consider the option to conceal a one-wall, narrow kitchen from view with sliding doors. A single bank of floor-to-ceiling units (kitted out with storage, cooking, sink, the lot) can magically disappear when not in use thanks to fully retractable doors. The result is an uninterrupted wall finish, which, depending on your door choice, will add an extra dash of color and texture to a small space.

‘The most prevalent demand on modern properties is space,’ explains Graeme Smith, head of retail and commercial design at Life Kitchens (opens in new tab). ‘Ever shrinking footprints mean that rooms are now multifunctional; combining living, dining and cooking into one space is fast becoming the norm. Life’s Hidden Kitchen provides everything needed with areas for preparation, cooking and storage. Essentials such as a fridge-freezer, oven and dishwasher are all included in this slim profile kitchen and with sliding, bifold doors, you can seamlessly hide it all away, leaving behind a statement, paneled wall feature.’

15. Add reflective surfaces

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Glossy door fronts, transparent glass shelving and metallic appliances will all take advantage of natural daylight and help make a small kitchen layout feel roomier by bouncing any available light around the space.

‘One of my best tips for a small kitchen is to utilize mirrors within your space – they can make a small space seem much larger than it actually is,’ says Zara O’Hare, internal interior design consultant at Land of Rugs (opens in new tab). ‘Any natural light flowing through the space can be bounced back through different areas, making it seem lighter and more airy. I would place mirrors opposite areas where natural light comes through into the space, so windows and doors are your main opportunity.’

These bevelled, antique mirror glass subway tiles will help open up a small kitchen layout.

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As well as mirror finishes and glossy surfaces, clever kitchen lighting ideas can be key to the success of small kitchen layout ideas. Slick, unobtrusive strip lighting hidden under a wall cabinet or embedded into a plinth will not intrude into valuable inches and create the illusion of more room in a compact kitchen. It will also help bounce natural daylight around your space.

‘Strategic placing of lights, reflective surfaces and a light color scheme will make your kitchen seem bigger than it is,’ says Giovanni Scippo, director at 3D Lines (opens in new tab). ‘You should be using what we call task lights, which are placed above where you do most of the work – the sink and counter. Another small but effective trick is to line your shelves and cabinets with strip lights – they’re easily concealed and very functional.’

‘In a small kitchen, wall cabinets are usually necessary to give sufficient storage space, but unfortunately can make the room seem darker,’ adds Alice Pasteau, retail support manager, Schmidt UK (opens in new tab). ‘Made-to-measure LED profiles can be built into your units, giving diffuse, neutral lighting over your countertop.’

17. Keep counters clutter-free in a small kitchen layout

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Clever small kitchen layout ideas should ensure countertop paraphernalia can be kept to a minimum. Small appliances, and sugar, tea and coffee canisters can all eat up valuable surface area for food preparation and make a kitchen feel messy and cramped. One way is to add extra shelving or wall cabinets for stashing away all of those items that are generally on show. Another popular idea is a dedicated breakfast cupboard, which sits on top of the counter, with space to hide away cereal, bread, coffee, preserves, bowls, mugs and small plates, plus kettles, toasters and juicers (with power points inside so they don’t have to be moved when used.

‘When designing a kitchen, it is important to understand how a client lives and uses the space,’ says Tim Higham owner of bespoke kitchen brand Higham Furniture (opens in new tab). ‘At first, our recommendation for this fairly traditional kitchen in an Edwardian period property was to have wall cabinets either side of the chimney, freeing up the counter space next to the range.

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‘However, when the client said that any empty worktop in their home would get cluttered, we agreed that the dressers would work best as they allowed for appliances and other items to be hidden out of sight.’

The proportions of the room led to a narrow small kitchen island, which is highly functional though, and includes a sink, dishwasher and bins plus sink and overhang for stools.

18. Create unexpected storage in a small layout

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Think outside the box when it comes to layout in a limited footprint. Small kitchen layouts should include great storage solutions plus implement top tactics for organizing a small kitchen. Try built-in benches, unused plinths that can be transformed into slim, toe-kick drawers and skinny larder cabinets with adjustable racking systems that utilize a narrow, redundant gap.

Using a modern mix of petroleum blue, walnut and brass, this small kitchen started life enclosed on all sides by walls, separating it from the rest of the house. Now, it is open plan to the living room, with a kitchen island that features a removable dining table and clever storage columns with a chic bar area.

‘By opening up the kitchen, I was able to capture unused space in the hallway and create additional storage through the insertion of the kitchen island,’ explains interior designer Ahmad AbouZanat of Project AZ (opens in new tab). ‘The bar area is an entirely new area of storage they didn’t have before.’

19. Use flooring to alter proportions

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Create the illusion of more space with your choice of kitchen flooring. Hardwood floor planks can draw the eye down the room to make it seem longer or across it so it feels wider depending on which way they are laid. This clever design trick is particularly useful when a small kitchen leads into a living area; laying the same floor throughout will create a seamless, unbroken mood and add a sense of depth.

‘With space coming at a premium for some rooms, interiors are required to work harder and in turn become more flexible,‘ says Greg Elliot, head of technical at Havwoods (opens in new tab). ‘The floor then becomes one of the largest fixtures and so designers are putting extra focus on how it impacts the space. Vertically placed planks or wide, long planks work particularly well in galley kitchens as they will increase the sense of space in the room.’

20. Be clever with color

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Sticking to a pale small kitchen paint colors is a foolproof way to make the most of the light in a small kitchen. Of course, if you want drama and bold color, an all-over paint shade can instead be applied to striking effect. Try painting cabinets, walls and ceiling in the same top-to-toe color to blur the lines of a small kitchen layout and create the illusion of a bigger area.

If that’s a step too far for your design tastebuds, introduce contrasting colors in a simple way: use darker colors such as navy or forest green on the floor cabinets and paint wall cabinets and walls in a pale shade to blend in with the ceiling.

What is the best layout for a small kitchen?

The best kitchen layouts are usually dictated by the immovable architectural elements, like windows, doors, chimney breasts and structural beams.

Try to avoid layouts that involve corners, such as L and U-shapes, but if a corner is inevitable, do make use of internal storage mechanisms like Le Mans and carousel systems.

Drawers are considered superior to cupboards in terms of full access to all contents. Also think about how cabinets and appliances open. A dishwasher door that clashes with a fridge door opposite will endlessly annoy.

How do you declutter a small kitchen?

One way to declutter a small kitchen is through the use of cabinetry. A plain slab door with push-touch or recessed handles will look sleeker than a framed door with protruding hardware.

Likewise, a breakfast cupboard with bi-folding or tambour doors can be used to hide away countertop appliances, including the coffee machine and toaster. A boiling water tap takes the kettle out of the equation and can be combined with your regular hot and cold supply in one neat unit.

Larders always sound like a luxury exclusive to large kitchens, but they utilise the room’s height, so offer impressive volumes of storage. Hang a small set of steps on the inside of the larder door for easy access to the top shelves.

What appliances are best for small kitchens?

Multifunctional appliances are best for small kitchens, like a combi-microwave or combi-steam oven, which are essentially two cooking methods in one.

You can also get single ovens that can be split to cook at different temperatures; like a double oven but in a smaller footprint. Built-in, compact appliances are 45cm-high, instead of 60cm, and can be stacked neatly. Induction hobs with built-in extraction can also save space overhead but do check how much cupboard space you’ll lose below for the motor unit.

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Slimline dishwashers are 45cm-wide, which can make all the difference if you’re counting every cm. Under-mounted drawer-style refrigeration comes with impressive capacities.

Do think very carefully about the appliances you need, or you could end up with nowhere to store crockery. Could a wine fridge fit in the dining room for example?

FAQs

Which is the best layout design for a kitchen that has a small area? ›

Consider U-shape solutions

If you have to cram a lot of units into a very small space, a U-shape layout is often the best bet. The downside of two corners is compensated by extra cupboard space on the end wall. 'The key to compact U-shaped kitchens is using every inch to your advantage.

What kitchen layout is popular in small kitchen? ›

Galley Kitchen Layout

Also known as corridor kitchens, the galley layout is a lean and efficient option for small kitchens and snug spaces.

What are the 6 types of kitchen layouts? ›

The 6 Most Popular Kitchen Layout Types
  • The One Wall Kitchen. Usually found in smaller kitchens, this simple layout is space efficient without giving up on functionality. ...
  • The Galley Kitchen. ...
  • The L-Shaped Kitchen. ...
  • The U-Shaped Kitchen. ...
  • The Island Kitchen. ...
  • The Peninsula Kitchen.

How do you start a small kitchen? ›

To improve the space, you can open the walls between the kitchen and any supporting rooms, such as a dining room, a breakfast nook, or a family room. By opening the wall and allowing the sightlines to expand beyond the kitchen, you create the perception of more space without the cost of creating more square footage.

What is a small kitchen called? ›

A kitchenette is a small cooking area, which usually has a refrigerator and a microwave, but may have other appliances. In some motel and hotel rooms, small apartments, college dormitories, or office buildings, a kitchenette consists of a small refrigerator, a microwave oven, and sometimes a sink.

What is a small kitchen size? ›

70 square feet: In 2009, the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association defined a small kitchen as being smaller than 70 square feet and a big kitchen as being larger than this. 100 square feet: Given that the 10′ x 10′ kitchen is a standard benchmark for estimating kitchen remodel costs.

How do you style a small kitchen? ›

51 Small Kitchen Design Ideas That Make the Most of a Tiny Space
  1. Add a prep area.
  2. Remove upper cabinets.
  3. Get custom hardware. ...
  4. Or opt for invisible hardware. ...
  5. Get super-organized inside your cabinets.
  6. Streamline dish duty. ...
  7. Splurge on fun glassware.
  8. Add a kitchen island.
21 May 2021

What is the perfect kitchen layout? ›

The U-Shape

Arguably the most versatile layout for any size of kitchen, a U-shaped floor plan surrounds the user on three sides, so it allows for longer countertops and extra storage cabinetry. “If you have enough space, I love a U-shaped kitchen with an island in the center,” says interior designer Tina Rich.

What are the 5 basic kitchen layouts? ›

There are five basic kitchen layouts: L-Shape, G-Shape, U-Shape, One-Wall and Galley. The size and shape of the room will typically determine your layout. Although variations and deviations do exist, most kitchen layouts are based on one of the following shapes.

What is the most popular kitchen layout today? ›

The L-shaped kitchen is one of the most popular layouts because it's super functional and can be adapted for almost any sized space.

Why is kitchen layout important? ›

Planning your layout is extremely important if you want to get the most from your new kitchen. It will help ensure you are able to keep your space neat and tidy, it will boost your workflow, it can allow you to introduce areas for relaxing or socialising and it will ultimately impact the overall ambience of your space.

What is the most common type of kitchen? ›

An L-shaped kitchen is the most common layout found in Indian homes. With ample counter space for many hands working in a cooking session, this layout is sure to derive the most productivity from it. This layout has clear work zones.

How can I make my kitchen look nice? ›

10 Cheap Ways To Make Your Kitchen Look Expensive
  1. Update hardware. ...
  2. Use lighter colors. ...
  3. Replace cabinet doors. ...
  4. Change lighting. ...
  5. Use artwork. ...
  6. Paint your appliances stainless steel. ...
  7. Add window treatments. ...
  8. Style your breakfast nook.
26 Nov 2014

Where should I put my fridge in a small kitchen? ›

How to Lay Out a Small Kitchen - YouTube

What color cabinets look best in a small kitchen? ›

White is your best friend in a small kitchen. It reflects light, enhancing the sense of space and making the walls recede. When you include white on cabinetry, countertops, walls, and the ceiling, you create a seamless space without edges or boundaries.

Where do you put cutlery without drawers? ›

Hang utensils on a kitchen peg board, magnetic strips, or utensil hanging racks. Make use of vertical cabinet space by storing utensils in organizers under hanging mugs, in desktop drawers, cutlery caddies, or repurposed dishwasher baskets. Use kitchen utensil holders on the counter or on floating shelves.

How should pots and pans be stored in a small kitchen? ›

How to Store Pots and Pans in a Tiny Kitchen
  • Install a Ceiling Pot Rack. ...
  • Stack or Nest What You Can. ...
  • Set Up a Wall-Mounted Pegboard. ...
  • Invest in Custom Drawers. ...
  • Display Them on Your Stove or Refrigerator. ...
  • Mount a Towel Rod. ...
  • Use a Rolling Bar Cart. ...
  • Find Hook Space Wherever You Can.
6 Jun 2022

How do you arrange appliances in a small kitchen? ›

Three rules of thumb are to put frequently used appliances on the countertop or the lowest shelf of an upper cabinet for easy reach; rarely used appliances should go to the top of the cabinets; and never-used items should be sold or donated.

What are the 4 basic kitchen plan layouts? ›

Basic Kitchen Layouts

There are four main kitchen layouts: “Galley,” “L,” “U,” and “G” (Peninsula). Each accommodates a work triangle in its own way.

How many types of kitchen layouts are there? ›

There are six basic types of kitchen layouts: Island, Parallel, Straight, L-Shape, U-Shape, Open, and Galley.

What is 2nd kitchen called? ›

A work-in pantry, or “prep kitchen,” is a second, usually smaller kitchen that's hidden away around the corner from or behind the main kitchen. This second kitchen is sometimes called a “butler's pantry.” The main kitchen has cupboards, counters, a sink and all or most of the major kitchen appliances.

How do I plan a small kitchen layout? ›

The golden rule for small kitchens is to use as much height as possible without crowding out the space. Tall cabinets housing a pantry, refrigerator and wall oven are efficient but only if that doesn't gobble up all usable counter space. This is where wall cabinets and open shelving can help.

What is the smallest kitchen cabinet? ›

The narrowest kitchen cabinet is nine inches, which you can often use as a pull-out spice rack. It is a great way to utilize small spaces that could not be filled with a normal-sized cabinet. These narrow cabinets can also be used to store long utensils, that wouldn't otherwise fit in drawers, or cookie baking sheets.

What is a normal kitchen size? ›

Overall, average kitchens in the U.S. are about 161 square feet in single-story homes and 174 square feet in multi-story homes. In homes under 1,500 square feet, the average kitchen is 103 square feet. In homes over 4,000 square feet, the average kitchen is 238 square feet.

How can I organize my kitchen? ›

  1. Streamline Your Plastic Bags. Plastic bags can turn into clutter pretty quickly. ...
  2. Clean Out Your Fridge and Add Clear Bins. ...
  3. Rock a Rolling Cart. ...
  4. Keep Your Coffee Supplies Organized. ...
  5. Declutter Your Utensil Drawer. ...
  6. Opt for Open Shelving. ...
  7. Find Creative Solutions. ...
  8. Pare Down the Pantry.
6 Apr 2022

Where do you put kitchen items? ›

For example, knives, mixing bowls, chopping boards, spices, and other prep utensils should be stored where you do most of your prep work, in the preparation zone. Cooking utensils, pots, pans, and bakeware should be stored as close to or near the stove or oven, in the cooking zone.

What are kitchen tips? ›

5 Kitchen Tips You'll Never Forget
  • Cover the pot when bringing water to a boil. ...
  • After chopping food, use the dull end of a knife to scrape the contents from the work surface. ...
  • Heat stainless steel cookware correctly to keep food from sticking. ...
  • Use the correct measuring tool for the ingredient.

What is the smallest kitchen layout? ›

Of all the small kitchen layouts available, a single galley is, well, the smallest! In fact it pays not to go too big, or rather long, with a single galley.

What is the best way to organize your kitchen cabinets? ›

10 Tips for Organizing Kitchen Cabinets
  1. Place heavier items on the bottom of cabinet shelves. ...
  2. Keep like items together. ...
  3. Maximize the capacity of your cabinets. ...
  4. Use round storage organizers. ...
  5. Maximize vertical space. ...
  6. Use containers. ...
  7. Implement cabinet dividers. ...
  8. Insert drawer organizers.
18 Oct 2021

What are different styles of kitchens? ›

Different Types of Kitchen Styles
  • Farmhouse Kitchen Styles. Farmhouse living denotes a simpler, quieter time. ...
  • Contemporary/Modern Kitchen Styles. ...
  • Traditional Kitchen Styles. ...
  • French Kitchen Styles. ...
  • Coastal Kitchen Styles. ...
  • Country Kitchen Styles. ...
  • Bohemian Kitchen Styles. ...
  • Industrial Kitchen Styles.
6 Sept 2020

What is kitchen layout meaning? ›

The kitchen layout is the shape that is made by the arrangement of the countertop, major appliances and storage areas. The layout and floor plan create the kitchen's primary work triangle, which is the path that you make when moving from the refrigerator to the sink, to the range when preparing a meal.

What are the 5 work center of the kitchen? ›

Kitchen Planning: Work Centers
  • Kitchen size.
  • Arrangement.
  • Work triangle.
  • Sink center.
  • Cook and serve center.
  • Refrigerator center.
  • Mixing center.

Where should the sink be placed in a kitchen? ›

Place the kitchen sink along the north or north east direction. Don't place it on the same or parallel direction as that of the cooking platform. As per Vastu Shastra, fire and water oppose each other and can have negative consequences if both elements are placed together.

Why kitchen is the heart of the home? ›

It's the Centre of the Home

It's where your day begins, where you eat, where you hang out; it is the social hub of the whole family. In fact, it is the go-to place for almost everything and the most used room in the house, so is it really surprising that we consider it the heart of the home?

What type of kitchen is most popular and compact? ›

The L-Shaped Kitchen

This kitchen shape is one of the most flexible and most popular, providing a compact triangle.

What are the six most popular kitchen layout? ›

The six most common modular kitchen layouts are the L-Shaped, Straight Line, U-Shaped, Parallel or Galley, Island and Peninsula – each of these has it's own advantages and makes use of the work triangle differently.

Where do you put things in kitchen cupboards? ›

Where to Put Things in Kitchen Cabinets - YouTube

What is a U-shaped kitchen? ›

A U-shaped kitchen contains an arrangement of different kitchen units positioned on three adjacent walls that makes it appear to form the shape of the letter u. Known for its versatility, U-shaped kitchens can be enhanced by adding up a kitchen table or an island.

How do I plan a small kitchen layout? ›

The golden rule for small kitchens is to use as much height as possible without crowding out the space. Tall cabinets housing a pantry, refrigerator and wall oven are efficient but only if that doesn't gobble up all usable counter space. This is where wall cabinets and open shelving can help.

What color to paint a small kitchen to make it look bigger? ›

Go with Light Colors

Light colors are more reflective than dark colors and they will make your kitchen appear bigger as well as more open and airy. Light blues, greens, or pale yellows are other great colors to make your space look larger than life.

Where should I put my fridge in a small kitchen? ›

How to Lay Out a Small Kitchen - YouTube

How should pots and pans be stored in a small kitchen? ›

How to Store Pots and Pans in a Tiny Kitchen
  • Install a Ceiling Pot Rack. ...
  • Stack or Nest What You Can. ...
  • Set Up a Wall-Mounted Pegboard. ...
  • Invest in Custom Drawers. ...
  • Display Them on Your Stove or Refrigerator. ...
  • Mount a Towel Rod. ...
  • Use a Rolling Bar Cart. ...
  • Find Hook Space Wherever You Can.
6 Jun 2022

What are the 5 basic kitchen layouts? ›

There are five basic kitchen layouts: L-Shape, G-Shape, U-Shape, One-Wall and Galley. The size and shape of the room will typically determine your layout. Although variations and deviations do exist, most kitchen layouts are based on one of the following shapes.

What is the perfect kitchen layout? ›

The U-Shape

Arguably the most versatile layout for any size of kitchen, a U-shaped floor plan surrounds the user on three sides, so it allows for longer countertops and extra storage cabinetry. “If you have enough space, I love a U-shaped kitchen with an island in the center,” says interior designer Tina Rich.

What are the 4 basic kitchen plan layouts? ›

Basic Kitchen Layouts

There are four main kitchen layouts: “Galley,” “L,” “U,” and “G” (Peninsula). Each accommodates a work triangle in its own way.

What cabinet colors are in for 2022? ›

Green – Natural and organic; green is said to be the “BIG” color for 2022. Designers are excited about combining warm shades of green, with natural wood elements, such as oak and walnut. Matte Gray – Darker shades of gray will also be a hit.

How can I make my kitchen look expensive? ›

10 Cheap Ways To Make Your Kitchen Look Expensive
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  2. Use lighter colors. ...
  3. Replace cabinet doors. ...
  4. Change lighting. ...
  5. Use artwork. ...
  6. Paint your appliances stainless steel. ...
  7. Add window treatments. ...
  8. Style your breakfast nook.
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Where should a stove be placed in a kitchen? ›

Generally, the sink, main refrigerator, and stove need to be near each other, allowing easy access for food preparation. Allow minimum 4 and maximum 9 feet between each point to easily maneuver. The dishwasher is best located near the sink so you have less distance to travel with dirty dishes.

Which direction should my fridge be? ›

Fridge Direction as per Vastu Shastra

The fire element of the kitchen helps balance out energies. Refrigerators should never be kept facing north-east. The refrigerator should be placed in the kitchen's south-east, west, or north direction. The south-west should be avoided because it can cause troubles.

How much space should be between refrigerator and sink? ›

Think about your work areas.

The sink, main refrigerator, and stove should be in close proximity to each other. You require a minimum of 4 feet between each point to easily maneuver, and equally not more than 9 feet.

Where should I put everything in my kitchen? ›

Store items as close to their related zone as possible.

Cooking utensils, pots, pans, and bakeware should be stored as close to or near the stove or oven, in the cooking zone.

Where should plates and cups go in a kitchen? ›

Plates, glasses and other dinnerware are most often stored near the dishwasher. Spices should be stored near a prep area, but not too close to the stove or oven as heat can destroy their flavor. Put bowls, appliances and other cooking tools where they are easy to access.

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