What are the common kitchen renovation layouts?

common kitchen renovation

Are you considering remodeling your kitchen? It’s a good idea if you’re having trouble with the current layout and want to make things more roomy and comfortable for yourself.

However, when it comes to renovating kitchen layouts, there are numerous options available. Depending on your needs and requirements, you can choose from a variety of arrangements and designs.

In this post, we’ll go over some of the most common kitchen renovation layouts and how to choose the best one for you.

Common Types of Kitchen Layouts

Here is a list of some of the most common types of kitchen renovation layouts:

  • L-shaped kitchen
  • One wall kitchen
  • Galley kitchen
  • U-shaped kitchen
  • L-shaped kitchen with island
  • Peninsular kitchen

L-Shaped Kitchen

Some kitchen layouts are better suited to smaller kitchens, while others are better suited to larger spaces.

An L-shaped kitchen, on the other hand, can be a bit of an all-rounder in this regard. This layout can look great whether the room is large and spacious or small and comfortable.

Cabinets, counter-tops, and other units are arranged in a ‘L’ shape in L-shaped kitchens. Because all of the units are neatly aligned around the edge, this is a great arrangement for making the most of a small kitchen space.

One Wall Kitchen

One-wall kitchens are similar to L-shaped kitchens, but with the extra stuff coming up on one side. In other words, one-wall kitchens are roughly ‘I-shaped.’

All of the cabinets, hob space, units, and so on are lined up against one wall in this layout. This type of arrangement is common in small and cozy kitchens with limited space for islands and extensions, such as those found in apartments and condos.

However, this does not preclude you from creating a similar setup in a larger kitchen. The one-wall layout can be appealing in larger kitchens. All of the units and equipment fit neatly against one wall.

Galley Kitchens

Cabinets and other fixtures are lined up with two walls facing each other in galley kitchens. You can move around and do your thing in the space between them.

Galley kitchens have a small corridor running between the two cabinet-lined walls. For example, when washing dishes at the sink, you’d have your back to the cooktop…and vice versa.

The galley layout isn’t ideal for small kitchens. If two walls in small kitchens were lined with cabinets and other types of fixtures, the entire space would become crowded and stuffy.

Rather, this arrangement looks great in larger kitchens with plenty of space between the two sides.

U-Shaped Kitchens

To visualize U-shaped kitchens, consider a galley kitchen with an additional set of units connecting the two walls at the end.

In other words, in U-shaped kitchens, the cabinets and fixtures are installed against three walls to form a ‘U’ shape.

In many cases, the small space between the two cabinet-lined walls is filled with a sink unit.

The U-shaped layout, like the galley layout, is not ideal for small kitchens. However, it can look great in larger rooms.

L-Shaped Kitchen with Island

We talked about L-shaped kitchens a little higher up.

An L-shaped layout with island is similar to a traditional L-shaped kitchen, but with more counter space in the center of the room.

Kitchen islands are essentially free-standing counters that are placed in the center of the room to provide more working space. They can include a sink unit, a cooktop, cabinets and drawers, and so on.

If you want to create an L-shaped with island layout, you must have enough space in your kitchen.

Peninsular Kitchen

This layout is similar to a ‘L-shaped kitchen with island.’ The additional counter space in this arrangement, however, is an extension of the existing kitchen units rather than a free-standing structure in the middle.

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Model Layout?

There are quite a few factors that you can consider in order to decide which kitchen model layout you should choose when renovating the place. Here are two of the most important ones:

1. Amount of Time Spent in the Kitchen

There are many people who do not spend a lot of time in their kitchens. Instead, they only use the kitchen for the bare necessities, such as quickly cooking food, washing dishes, reheating leftovers, and so on.

On the other hand, some people spend the majority of their time in the kitchen doing things like baking, cooking exotic and fancy foods, and so on.

A small and limited layout, such as the one wall layout or the galley layout, can be a good choice for the first category of people.

Large and expansive kitchens, on the other hand, may be more appropriate for the latter category.

2. Number of People in The House

You can’t really make do with a bare kitchen layout if you have a lot of children, can you?

When deciding on a kitchen layout, keep the number of people in your home in mind. If there will be a lot of people moving in and out of the kitchen, choose a large and expansive layout, such as a peninsular or an L-shaped with island.


When remodeling your kitchen, there are numerous layout options available to you. In the post above, we discussed some of the most common.

However, selecting a layout can be difficult. You should take into account factors such as:

  • Number of people in your home
  • The amount of time you want to spend in your kitchen
  • The number of things and objects you have to store in your kitchen

And so on.

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