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26th February2017

The Best and Worst Things about these Popular Kitchen Layouts

Planning out your kitchen but not sure what layout to go for? Here are the top three most popular layouts, and their best and worst aspects.

If you’re planning out your new kitchen, one of the first things you’ll need to decide on is your chosen layout. While some rooms dictate a particular layout, in most cases, a few different options are possible, depending on what you’d like most out of your kitchen. Here are three of the most popular kitchen layouts you might want to consider, along with their best and worst bits.


This kitchen layout is a traditional favourite, and you’ll likely find it in older homes like houses of character and townhouses, but it also features in smaller residents and apartments.



  • Lots of storage and counter space for its relative size
  • Easily accessible appliances
  • A closed kitchen design will keep the space separate from living and dining areas


  • Closeness of appliances can make it feel cramped
  • Corner cabinets (unless intelligently designed) can be hard to access
  • There’s no space for an island, unless the area is very large


Comprising of two sections of cabinetry placed along two walls forming an ‘L’ shape, this popular layout can also feature a kitchen island.

Photo: My Ideal Home


  • Open design is ideal for entertaining and socialising
  • Makes space for a kitchen island
  • With an island, it has ample storage and counter space


  • Without an island, workspace and storage can be limited
  • The kitchen ‘work triangle’ is more spread out in this layout
  • Often requires more finishing material than other layouts, which can be pricey


With a galley layout, two sections of cabinetry are placed parallel to each other, with a pass-through in between.


Photo: My Scandinavian Home


  • Maximises space for best efficiency
  • Easily accessible appliances and cabinetry
  • Versatility in working with different spaces


  • Tend to be smaller, so have limited storage and counter space
  • Upper cabinetry can be limited
  • Not much room to expand down the line

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