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What are the common kitchen renovation layouts?

by Jonny S | 23/06/2022

Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? It can be a good idea to do so if you’re having trouble with the current layout, and if you want to make things roomier and more comfortable for yourself.

However, when it comes to renovating kitchen layouts, there are a lot of options that you can choose from. There are different types of arrangements and designs that you can opt for, depending on what your need and requirement are.

In this post, we’ll discuss some of the most common kitchen renovation layouts as well as how you can choose the ideal one for yourself.

Common Types of Kitchen Layouts

Here is a list of some of the most common types of kitchen renovation layouts:

  • L-shaped kitchen
  • One wall kitchen
  • Galley kitchen
  • U-shaped kitchen
  • L-shaped kitchen with island
  • Peninsular kitchen

Let’s look at each of them in detail.

  • L-Shaped Kitchen

There are some kitchen arrangements that suit well for smaller kitchens whereas there are some that can only with larger areas.

However, an L-shaped kitchen can be a bit of an all-rounder from this aspect. This layout can look great regardless of whether the room is large and spacious, or small and commodious.

In L-shaped kitchens, the cabinets, counter-tops and other units are set up in an ‘L’ shape. This is a great arrangement that you can use to get the most out of small kitchen space since all the units get neatly aligned around the edge.

  • One Wall Kitchen

You can think of one wall kitchens to be the same as L-shaped kitchens…except with the extra stuff coming up on one side. In other words, one wall kitchens are more or less ‘I-shaped’.

In this layout, all the cabinets, hob space, units etc., are lined up against one wall. This sort of arrangement is usually found in small and cozy kitchens that don’t have a lot of space for islands and extensions…such as the ones in apartments and condos.

However, this does not mean that you cannot make this sort of setup in a large kitchen. In larger kitchens, the one wall layout can have its own appeal. All the units and equipment can be neatly fitted against one wall, which can leave all the rest of the space nice and empty for moving around, or for placing any other useful objects.

  • Galley Kitchens

In galley kitchens, the cabinets and other fixtures are lined up with two walls facing one another. The space in between them is where you can move around and do your stuff.

Basically, galley kitchens have a bit of a corridor going down in between the two cabinet-lined walls. For example, you’d have your back to the cooktop when washing the dishes at the sink…and vice versa.

The galley layout is not very suitable for small kitchens. If in small kitchens, two walls were to be lined with cabinets and other types of fixtures, the whole place would get crowded and stuffy.

Rather, this arrangement looks great in larger kitchens where there is a lot of space to move around between the two sides.

  • U-Shaped Kitchens

To get an idea of what U-shaped kitchens look like, simply think of a galley kitchen except with an additional set of units joining the two walls at the end.

In other words, in the U-shaped kitchens, the cabinets and fixtures are installed against three walls in such a way that they create a ‘U’ shape.

In a lot of cases, the small space joining the two cabinet-lined walls consists of a sink unit.

The U-Shaped layout is, as the galley layout, not very suitable for small kitchens. However, it can look excellent in larger spaces.

  • L-Shaped Kitchen with Island

We discussed L-shaped kitchens a little way up.

An L-shaped layout with island is basically the same as a traditional L-shaped kitchen albeit with additional counter space at the centre of the room.

Kitchen islands are essentially free-standing counters that are placed in the middle of the room in order to provide more space to work. They can consist of a sink unit, a cooktop, some cabinets and drawers etc.

If you want to create an L-shaped with island layout, you need to have a sufficient amount of space in your kitchen.

  • Peninsular Kitchen

This layout is essentially the same as an ‘L-shaped kitchen with island’. However, in this arrangement, the additional counter space is an extension of the existing kitchen units rather than a free-standing structure in the middle.

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Model Layout?

There are quite a few factors that you can consider in order to decide which kitchen model layout you should choose when renovating the place. Here are two of the most important ones:

1. Amount of Time Spent in the Kitchen

There are a lot of people who don’t really spend a lot of their time in their kitchens. Rather, they use the kitchen only for the bare necessary jobs such as quickly cooking food, washing the dishes, reheating leftovers and so on.

On the other hand, there are some people who spend most of their time in their kitchen doing stuff like baking, cooking exotic and fancy foods and whatnot.

For the former category of people, a small and limited layout can be a good choice such as the one wall layout or the galley layout.

For the latter category, on the other hand, large and extensive kitchens can be more suitable.

2. Number of People in The House

If there are a lot of children in your home, you can’t really make do with a baring kitchen layout, now can you?

When choosing the arrangement for your kitchen, you should consider the number of people in your home. If there will be a lot of people constantly moving in or around the kitchen, you should go for a big and extensive layout such as a peninsular or an L-shaped with island.


There are a lot of different layouts that you can choose from when renovation your kitchen. We discussed some of the most common ones in the post above.

However, choosing a layout can be a bit tough. For that, you should carefully consider factors such as:

  • Number of people in your home
  • The amount of time you want to spend in your kitchen
  • The number of things and objects you have to store in your kitchen

And so on.

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