Transitioning Away From Apartment Style

4 Kitchen Shapes And What Each Adds To Your Home

by June Holland

Do you want to radically remodel your kitchen? With the kitchen one of the central areas of modern homes and a feature future buyers are keenly interested in, the way it's remodeled has a big effect on its success.

Often the most important part of a major kitchen remodel is to decide if you should change the shape of the room. You have many choices when it comes to kitchen shape, and each one adds something unique to the space. To help you find the right new shape, consider how each of these four common shapes can add beauty and/or functionality in their own way.

Galley. This two-sided corridor shape makes the most use of a tight space. With both upper and lower cabinet potential and a straight design, it squeezes out maximum storage and work surfaces in the most efficient way. It can also smooth out an awkward kitchen space by making it more 'normal' in functionality and appearance. 

U Shape. One of the most common shapes is a 'U'. This shape helps reduce the wasted space in a large kitchen by bringing in the work surfaces and creating 'work triangles'. You can also use this shape to give structure to an open kitchen that lacks borders. Modify the 'U' to a 'G' for even more structure and surface area — possibly even enough to create two work triangles for busy kitchens. 

L Shape. The other most common design is a shorter variation of the 'U': the 'L'. With fewer surfaces and cabinets, this maximizes the possibilities in smaller kitchens. An 'L' also makes for an efficient kitchen, as it is one of the easiest ways to plan a small and useful work triangle. Leave one or more sides open above the counter if your kitchen feels small or closed-in. 

One Wall. Open floor plans and small homes may have very limited kitchen space, resulting in the 'one wall' layout. The rear wall, though, often allows you to use the entire vertical space for cabinetry. Many homeowners make up for the limitations by adding a kitchen island parallel to the wall for more storage and countertops. The open design is also perfect for a rolling island that can be moved as needed. 

There is no 'one size fits all' layout approach to kitchen remodeling. Each shape and layout brings something positive to the table. Learn more about kitchen remodeling by reaching out to a local service.