All Kinds of Kitchens!
November 21, 2018
The most basic kitchen is the one-wall kitchen. This is the kitchen you get when you really don’t have space for a kitchen. The name says it all here.
The appliances are all on one wall, including the sink, oven, dishwasher, and refrigerator. The biggest advantage of this kitchen layout is how much space it saves because it is the most condensed type you can get.
There’s a lack of movement efficiency here, as the much-lauded kitchen work triangle is gone. Some folks opt to use an island near the wall in order to create a type of galley kitchen, which we’ll get into…
The galley kitchen is like a one-wall kitchen, except you double the walls. Double the walls, double the space for built-in appliances and countertops.
With a galley kitchen, you can create a kitchen triangle, often with the stove on one wall and the sink and fridge at 45-degree angles from it on the opposite wall. The extra space for cabinets is another added perk.
As you can probably imagine, we’re going to keep adding walls as this goes on.
The next kitchen type is the “L-shaped” kitchen, and this is where the cooking really starts heating up. Instead of having two parallel walls like in the galley style, the L shaped kitchen has perpendicular walls and cabinets that meet up. This allows for some efficient kitchen triangling, while still maintaining a large space in the middle that can be occupied by a table, kitchen cabinet, or chatty house dwellers who want to smell what’s on the menu.
Add another line to an L and you get a U, and those of you with great predictive abilities will have guessed that that’s what next. The U shaped kitchen has two parallel walls of cabinets and appliances adjoined by a perpendicular wall of the same. This maximizes counter and cabinet space, but you need a fairly large kitchen to pull it off. If you put an island in your U (or horseshoe, as it’s sometimes called), you’ll have enough surface space to feed a small army.
All of these styles of kitchen benefit from quartz, solid surfaces, laminate and wood countertops due to the fact that they are durable, no matter what shape of kitchen you have. That’s largely because shapes don’t affect the durability of countertops. They all come in tons of colours and patterns and can be installed in almost any shape!
Star-shaped kitchens next? Who knows! It’s all up to you.
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