Continuing our month of expert advice on the three main kitchen layouts, we’re looking at the L-shape. Our tips should help you with any design plans…
The L-shape is one of the most popular and versatile kitchen layouts as it creates plenty of workspace. It incorporates the shape of the room, importantly utilising the corner area.
This layout works well in small and large kitchens and in homes where two people will want to work simultaneously, as they won’t keep bumping into each other.
With the L-shape, it’s worth considering adding an island unit or dining area into the centre of the room (or by the third and fourth wall) without disrupting the traffic to work areas. Not only will this give you additional work surface – it makes this layout perfect for entertaining. It’ll also come in handy if you have children, they can sit and read or do their homework while you prepare dinner!
Under-counter cupboards help to create a large amount of storage space, which can be increased even further with multiple wall units. L-shaped kitchens also have the advantage of a corner unit, giving a great opportunity for incorporating storage solutions such as the soft closing pull and swing corner unit and utilising otherwise wasted space.
The key to this layout is to maintain practicality. Each main working station should be within a couple of metres of one another with the fridge, sink and cooker making up a working triangle. These areas are vital in the cooking process so therefore need to be within easy reach, which can be more challenging in an L-shaped layout.
A good idea is to have all your cooking appliances - fridge, cooker, hob - along one wall, and washing appliances - sink, washing machine, dishwasher - along the other. Grouping the facilities in this way make it easier to get activities completed efficiently.