Popular Kitchen Layouts and How to Use Them

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and How to Use Them

by Juliana Gordon

Remodeling your kitchen is an exciting prospect and a big decision that can change the feel of your entire home. Your new design needs to reflect the constraints of your house, while also providing you with the counter and cabinet space you’ll need to use the kitchen the way you want to.

Before you make the final call, take a look at these six popular kitchen layouts that people are using to give their homes a fresh, new feeling.

One-Wall Kitchens

KITCHEN DESIGN | Single Wall Kitchen Layouts via Remodelaholic.com

The most basic kitchen layout, a one-wall kitchen puts all of the countertops, cabinets, and appliances on a single wall. This is a good layout for smaller houses, apartments, studios, and lofts where there is very little space available. Putting everything on one wall frees up more room for dining, and doesn’t block the windows.

Since there is limited counter space is available, it’s a good idea to use a high dining table that can double as an extra countertop. Also, consider a smaller rolling table that you can easily pull out when you need it and put away later to save space.

single wall kitchen with island via Remodelaholic.com
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one wall kitchen layout in white via DecorPad
Lollygag Beach House via DecorPad
one wall kitchen layout with apron sink featured on Remodelaholic.com via BHG
via BHG
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single wall kitchen layout with kitchen sink island via Remodelaholic.com
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The Galley Layout

KITCHEN DESIGN: Galley Kitchen Layouts via Remodelaholic.com

The galley kitchen, or walk-through kitchen, consists of two walls with a walkway in between. It could be open on just one end, or open on both ends. This layout maximizes the space available in such a corridor, and keeps your cabinets and appliances within easy reach. Galley kitchens also tend to segment the cooking space away from the rest of the house.

This is a good layout to be used by a single chef, or two at the very most unless the kitchen is very long. With workspaces on both sides, a cook can easily set up a basic cooking triangle by having two elements on one wall and a third centered between them on the opposite wall.

The downsides to this layout include the lack of room for a kitchen table in between the walls, and crowding if too many people are moving through it.

galley kitchen layout in cottage style via House Beautiful
via House Beautiful
galley kitchen layout via DecorPad
Style at Home via DecorPad
gally kitchen layout with white marble via DecorPad
The Renovated Home via DecorPad
galley kitchen with blue wallpaper and undermount sink via DecorPad
Material Girls via DecorPad
galley kitchen layout with marble countertops via DecorPad
Pappas Miron Interior Design via DecorPad
galley kitchen layout in white with crown molding via Apartment Therapy
via Apartment Therapy

More kitchen layouts on the next page –>

page 1: single-wall and galley kitchens
page 2: L-shaped and U-shaped/horseshoe kitchens
page 3: kitchen islands and peninsulas

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  1. How about a layout for a kitchen that has neither a L or U shape nor does it have room for a galley or an island ? It has ducts in the way not on all walls a nook without storage space that hardly gets used because it has no function. No counter space feels crowded and windows that are wall to celling with a back door entry going in on other side. Its a 1980s house

  2. My future kitchen is a 2-wall kitchen, but it is a small open floor plan with the living room space. The dimensions of the whole room are 18’6″ x 14’0″. Approximately half of the 18 ft wall is the kitchen (counters and double sink). We do plan on adding an island to create a dining space. How should we arrange furniture to combine a living and kitchen space? Thanks!

      1. Hi Paige — do you have a photo of the space? I’d be happy to post this on our Facebook page for some feedback there from our readers, so just let me know if you have a photo (or I can post without, if you don’t have one). Thanks!

  3. Hello!
    I am planning a complete kitchen remodel and am having trouble as far as the placement of appliances (fridge, dishwasher, stove, oven, microwave) who knew we need so many! I currently have a galley kitchen, but am planning to knock out the wall facing our living room and replace it with an island to create an open and more welcoming space. If you have any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated! This is my first remodel and I am more than a bit nervous.

  4. Hi, we have our kitchen/dining area completely torn out to the studs. We removed the wall separating the two rooms and I am struggling with a layout. I would love some advice!

  5. For me the best od L-kitchen. That’s how I have and I’m really glad. Also I have a small mobile kitchen island. For me it od the best.

  6. Looking for a challenge?
    Ive got an odd layout that just wont line up for a kitchen remodel. Which may combine a dining room With a layout that works.

    Reducing the size of the bathroom and laundry room would allow more space for the kitchen. Lots of doors and windows. Just can’t seem to get this project to come together.

  7. We are purchasing a condo that has the kitchen/dining/LR in a row lay out. the kitchen is a u shape with room for a table at the open end. I would love to turn the table area into useable space as we will def never sit at a table in that area. what can we do with the open part of the U to make it both attractive and functional>

    1. Hi Kathy! Depending on the space you have, you could add some built-in bookshelves and make a reading/conversation area or even maybe a small home office area — I think something with some storage and some seating to fit your lifestyle wants/needs would be a great idea! If you want to send some pics on our Facebook page, we’d love to post your question for our readers to give some additional ideas, too. Just message us on our page here: https://www.facebook.com/Remodelaholic/