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Types of Kitchen Layouts & How to Choose

When it comes to designing a kitchen, different layouts offer distinct advantages and suit various preferences and requirements. In this article, we will explore four common kitchen layouts — L-shaped, I-shaped, U-shaped, and Galley style — and provide insights on how to choose the most suitable one for your needs.

I-Shaped Layout

The I-shaped, or single-wall, layout is characterised by a straight line of countertops and cabinets along one wall.

Ideal for:

  • Compact spaces or open-concept floor plans
  • Those who have limited space and require a minimalist design


✔ Space-efficient
✔ Cost-effective
✔ Easy workflow


✘ Limited storage & counter space
✘ Lack of work triangle
✘ Reduced social interaction
✘ Limited dining space

L-Shaped Layout

The L-shaped kitchen layout features cabinets and appliances arranged in an L-shaped configuration, with countertops on two adjacent walls.

Ideal for:

  • Small to medium-sized families
  • Couples or families who need room for multiple cooks or appliances simultaneously


✔ Ample storage space
✔ Open and inviting space
✔ Efficient workflow
✔ Enhanced visibility


✘ Limited dining space
✘ Limited seating options
✘ Potential for clutter at the open end of the L-shaped kitchen
✘ Limited privacy

U-Shaped Layout

The U-shaped layout consists of countertops and cabinets surrounding three walls, forming a “U” shape. This design maximises storage and workspace and offers ample room for multiple cooks. It provides an efficient workflow, allowing for easy movement between different areas.

Ideal for:

  • Larger families
  • Those who frequently entertain guests


✔ Abundant storage & counter space
✔ Efficient workflow & organisation
✔ Enhanced privacy
✔ Versatile design


✘ Typically requires a larger area
✘ Less suitable for smaller kitchens
✘ Limited interaction
✘ Higher construction & remodelling costs

Galley Style Layout

The galley-style layout features two parallel walls with countertops and cabinets, creating a corridor-like setup.

Ideal for:

  • Individuals who prioritise functionality and require a compact layout
  • Those who enjoy a streamlined cooking process


✔ Space-saving design by efficiently using space
✔ Efficient workflow with streamlined layout
✔ Easy movement between workstations
✔ Closed-off design for privacy


✘ Limited dining, socialising & counter space
✘ Potential for congestion
✘ Lack of natural light and views
✘ Reduced interaction

It’s important to consider the available space, the number of people using the kitchen and the specific needs and preferences of individuals or families when choosing a kitchen layout. With careful consideration and planning, you can create a kitchen that combines both style and functionality, making it the heart of your home.

Whether you’re looking to build an L-shaped, I-shaped, U-shaped or galley-style kitchen, Signature always delivers! With almost 30 years of experience, Signature is truly an expert in building high-quality kitchens where functionality and aesthetics go hand in hand.

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