Kitchen Layout Basics

11 Jun 2014
Kitchen layouts need to be planned because it is important for a functional work area. Read on to find out more on how to go about planning and also the different types of kitchen layouts.
renovated kitchen showing new appliances installed

So you've decided to renovate your kitchen! Then here is what you need to remember. A kitchen is considered to be a very important area of the house and time needs to be taken when deciding on the final layout. As you plan your space, you need to take into account the electrical power requirements for all the appliances you plan to use as you outfit your kitchen. 

Start with a Sketch

Starting with a sketch allows you to reproduce your space on paper or otherwise and identify where you would like to place each appliance and subsequently the electical outlet by number and type needed to power the appliances. It's a good idea to add your lights and light switches as well. Using graph paper, you can draw your sketch to scale and use the equivalent scaled measurements for the appliances you plan to use. A sketch allows you to have a clear visual layout of how things should fit, and can helps you save time, money and costly mistakes.

The Triangle Layout

This is a rather traditional yet fully functional approach to kitchen layouts. The Triangle has three basic layouts; U-shaped, L-shaped and Galley. In the U-shaped, there is a triangular path from the sink on one wall to the stove on another, to the refrigerator on a third. In the L-shaped, one element of the work triangle is against one wall with the other two along another. And in the galley, all three points are arranged along the same wall. If the distances between the sink, stove and refrigerator are too short then your kitchen will be cramped, if the distances are too far apart, then cooking may feel like a strenuous task as you will become worn out having to walk too far between the three points. The rule you should follow is that the three legs of the triangle should add up to between 12 and 26 feet.

Always remember, electrical installation needs to conform to the Electrical Code of your country.


For more on kitchen layout read "Kitchen Layout 101".