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Aesthetic and Functional Kitchen Design

Updated: Jun 8, 2023

Function and aesthetic approach are necessary for all spaces. However, when it comes to kitchens, the issue can get a little more complicated. Let's examine the most useful kitchen plan types with this article and explore how you can make your kitchen both stylish and functional.

Sometimes remodeling a kitchen is mostly perceived as updating electrical appliances, counters and cabinets, but to really get to the essence of a kitchen, you may need to rethink the entire plan and flow of the kitchen. A major kitchen remodel often involves overhauling the entire layout. When it comes to kitchen designs and layout, five tried-and-true kitchen design layouts usually stand out.

Single Wall Kitchen Layout

Kitchens where all electrical appliances, cabinets and countertops are positioned along one wall is known as a single-wall layout. Surprisingly, this type of plan can work equally well for both very small kitchens and extremely large spaces.


  • This layout allows circulation to flow smoothly.

  • It provides maximum openness in the kitchen area..

  • It is one of the easiest kitchens to design, plan and execute.

  • Since all mechanical services (plumbing and electrical) are clustered in one wall, this design can be created quite quickly and at a lower cost than other layouts.


  • The space reserved for the bench is limited.

  • It does not use the classic kitchen scheme and may therefore be less efficient than other layout types.. 

  • Limited space makes it difficult or even impossible to add seating.

Gallery (Corridor) Kitchen Layout

When space is narrow and limited (as in small homes and apartments), the hallway-style layout is often the only possible type of design. In this design, all kitchen services are placed on two walls facing each other.


  • With countertops on both sides, this layout is highly functional as it uses the classic kitchen scheme.

  • This layout provides a little more space for counters and cabinets.


  • Crowded between two main workspaces can be a problem if the aisle is narrow, and it's not a good layout when two people like to cook at the same time.

  • The shorter wall, when present, is usually a dead, useless area.

  • Limited space makes it difficult to add seating.

L-Shaped Kitchen Layout

L-shaped kitchen design plan is the most popular layout. There are two adjacent walls that house all the counters, cabinets and kitchen equipment and the other two adjacent walls are open.


  • This design makes the best possible use of the kitchen scheme.

  • L-shaped designs offer more counter space compared to kitchen and single-wall layouts.

  • This layout is best for adding a kitchen island because you don't have cabinets that narrow the layout of the island.

  • L-shaped kitchens make it easy to add a table or other seating area to the kitchen.


  • The extremes of the kitchen scheme can be quite distant.

  • Blind corners are a problem. Corner base cabinets and wall cabinets can be difficult to reach.

G-Shaped Kitchen Layout

A highly developed kitchen design layout, this design allows for two countertops. In this design, an L-shaped or single-wall kitchen can at least be enhanced with a full-featured kitchen island that includes a stove, sink, or both.


Double L shape kitchen layout
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  • The island area contains a lot of counter space because the area that can be allocated to the island is much larger than the counters surrounding the space.

  • Two people can easily work in such kitchens as the work areas are separated. These are normally large kitchens that may contain two sinks or additional appliances such as a wine cooler or second dishwasher.


  • Such a kitchen takes up a lot of space to accommodate the island.

U-Shaped Kitchen Layout

U-shaped kitchen design plan can be considered as a corridor type in terms of layout. In addition to the corridor, the shorter wall is a usable area for countertops and kitchen equipment. The remaining wall is left open for the entrance to the kitchen.


  • This arrangement provides a functional workflow through classic kitchen schemes.

  • Closed end wall provides ample space for extra cabinets.


  • If you want a kitchen island, it's harder to squeeze one into this design. Good kitchen space planning shows that you have at least 120 cm wide hallways, and adding an island to this layout is quite difficult.

  • Adding seating to a U-shaped kitchen is difficult, given the counters and electronics arranged on three walls and leaving the fourth wall open for entry.

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