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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Kitchen Layout Options
Four basic layouts dictate the design of most kitchens: the galley, the corridor, the U-shape, and the L-shape.
Browse the Martha Stewart Living kitchen collection to find the best layout and shape for your kitchen.
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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.
Pictured Kitchen: Easton PureStyle™ in Bark Brown by Martha Stewart Living
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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
Pictured Kitchen: Tipton Textured PureStyle in Orchard / Brook Trout Cabinet Box Color
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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.
Pictured Kitchen: Lacombe Avenue High Gloss PureStyle in Picket Fence & Weston PureStyle in Persian Gray
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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.
Pictured kitchen: Ox Hill PureStyle™ in Sharkey Gray, by Martha Stewart Living
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The Breakfast Nook
Martha Stewart Living PureStyle cabinetry can also be used to create customized spaces within your kitchen. This arrangement can double as an eating nook for breakfast and a seating area for entertaining. Include open shelving to display heirlooms and keep cookbooks within reach.
Pictured Kitchen: Easton PureStyle in Bark Brown by Martha Stewart Living
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Another customization option, with less commitment, is a freestanding hutch. Design it to the size that best fits your home’s needs without disrupting the current layout of your kitchen. It can be positioned against an open wall to utilize available space, and it can be relocated to another room at any time. Choose a style that blends seamlessly with your kitchen cabinetry or one in a different color to serve as an accent piece.
Pictured Kitchen: Martha Stewart Living Lacombe Avenue High Gloss PureStyle Hutch
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The Homework Station
The kitchen often functions as the central hub for the family. Configure a workstation on one side of the kitchen that can be used to manage the family calendar, serve as the dedicated homework area, and provide additional storage.
Pictured Kitchen: Martha Stewart Living Overbrook PureStyle in Feather Gray