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Kitchen Layout Options
Four basic layouts dictate the design of most kitchens: the galley, the corridor, the U-shape, and the L-shape. Every kitchen needs space for each of the functions that take place within it: storing food, tableware, cookware, and utensils; preparing food and cooking; cleaning up; and eating, if space allows for it.
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The Galley Kitchen
This layout positions all of the appliances on a single wall and would also work well in a studio apartment or other very small space.
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The Corridor Kitchen
Open on both ends, the corridor kitchen requires a minimum corridor width of 48" so that the cook can easily maneuver during meal preparation. Typically, appliances are near one another which is convenient, but due to the shape of the kitchen, all of the household traffic could pass though the space
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The U-Shaped Kitchen
Popular with many cooks because of its efficiency, the U-shaped kitchen offers generous counter space and provides an efficient workflow by creating a compact work triangle. It can however, make the cook feel apart from a group when entertaining, as most movement will be facing one of the three walls.
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The L-Shaped Kitchen
The L-shaped kitchen offers flexibility for both large and small homes. This shape utilizes only two kitchen walls, providing an open atmosphere. The L-shape minimizes traffic through the kitchen and, typically, features larger expanses of countertops, allowing ease of preparation at mealtime.