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What is a one wall kitchen?

Discover our one-wall kitchen design ideas. This functional layout will help you maximise your existing space, while allowing you to showcase your style.

Benefits of single-wall kitchens

Having your kitchen located across a single wall helps you achieve a sleek and contemporary look in a simple, unassuming way. 

As an alternative to traditional large kitchens that are more spread out, this layout is much more conducive to modern life.

The biggest advantage of this layout is being able to achieve a compact one wall kitchen. 

If you love the idea of an open-plan home, this style of kitchen could work well for you - even when space is tight.

When planned effectively, a compact one wall kitchen will conserve space by having all work areas (such as the cooker, sink and refrigerator) along the same wall. 

This layout leaves ample room for a kitchen island or dining table, or perhaps a lounge area with a chillout zone. 

Another major benefit of choosing a single wall kitchen is affordability. This style of kitchen is significantly cheaper to construct than galley kitchens or other popular layouts. 

Complete with a straightforward design and fewer materials, one-walled kitchens are a budget-friendly option that can still look premium. 

With a smaller kitchen space, you can splash out on marble worktops and luxury flooring to achieve a high-end finish in a much smaller area. 

As well as being cheaper to install, this kitchen design also takes less work and labour to complete.

This means that the turnaround time is faster, causing less disruption to your home. 

Additionally, the design process is simplified, making it easier for you to choose all the finishes and features you want.

Smaller kitchens require less cleaning and have minimal upkeep. If you don’t have time to manage a large traditional family kitchen, this design style makes a lot of sense. 

It’s hugely popular with busy working professionals who like to rustle up a quick meal when they get home - and it’s also perfect for busy families where one person usually does the cooking. 

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Disadvantages of single-wall kitchens

While one-wall kitchen ideas can transform your home, there are some limitations to think about. Here are some reasons why it may not be the right kitchen design for you:

Having your kitchen on a single wall is convenient and can create an efficient workflow for cooking, cleaning and food prep. But it can also be restricting in terms of extra features, meaning you will need to stick with the most basic functions. 

It also means you need to maximise the space you have with well-thought-out storage solutions.

Got multiple cooks in the home? Then a small kitchen layout may not work for you. The single wall style provides the most value when there is usually just one person using the kitchen. 

If you’re keen to have more work surfaces to allow for a second user, a one wall kitchen with island could be worth considering. 

Unlike large open-plan kitchens or spacious kitchens with a traditional triangle layout, a one-walled kitchen may not give you the value boost you want for your property. 

This is because larger kitchens are usually highly desirable to buyers, making homes much more saleable. 

Despite this, there are many options at Magnet that allow you to create a premium kitchen, so you can still make the perfect impression when it comes to selling. 

Optimising a one wall layout

If you want to apply this kitchen concept in your home, here are some useful tips on maximising the compact nature of this layout style.