or "Pullman kitchen" is ideal for loft
or studio spaces because it maximizes a minimal
amount of space while providing functional aspects
designed to make working in the kitchen as comfortable
as possible. Appliances, cabinets and any countertops
are placed against a single wall for optimal access
while any additional space is used as a dining area.
Some modern styles of the one-wall kitchen design
implement a small kitchen island that transforms
the area into a "Galley" kitchen complete
with a walkway corridor, space permitting.
The L-shaped kitchen is great for making the best
use of limited corner space existing in small to
average sized kitchens. Versatile and streamlined,
this kitchen layout usually contains countertops
attached to adjoining, perpendicular walls that
create the "L" shape and helps to reduce
traffic jams in the kitchen. With an "L"
shaped kitchen, it isn't possible for people to
use it like a thoroughfare because of the logistics.
In addition, you can add several work zones and
a comfortable dining space as well.
Think about a horseshoe when envisioning the "U"
shaped kitchen. Comprised of three walls lined with
appliances and cabinets, this kitchen is ideal for
those who want to create ample storage areas yet
also want to maintain the "free flow"
of activity in the kitchen without feeling cramped.
Some "horseshoe" kitchens contain a third
wall called a peninsula that provides a casual ambiance
enhanced by bar-style dining with leather bar stools.
Larger kitchens implementing the U design often
contain a beautiful, butcher-block kitchen island
to facilitate food preparation and storage of bulky
kitchen tools that need concealed from view.
The traditional "work triangle" kitchen
puts the sink, range and refrigerator in varying
arrangements that create the classic triangle many
people still prefer over other, more trendy designs.
Triangle kitchens usually do not contain islands
but when they do, the peninsula should not impede
the functionality of the triangle kitchen. In addition,
the primary thoroughfare should not go through the
triangle so maximize convenience for the person
most often in the kitchen. Industry experts recommend
that the three sides of this type of kitchen shouldn't
exceed 26 feet, with sides no more than nine feet
in length. These dimensions ensure that the work
area is ample but not too big. As the main cook
in the family, you don't want to waste energy moving
back and forth repeatedly while preparing a meal.
Of course, no one has to adhere to one of these
classic kitchen designs. If there is a special design
you have in mind, discuss it with your kitchen renovating
coordinator to determine whether your plan is feasible
as well as functional. Although your original design
may be what you have always wanted in a kitchen
layout, the actual dimensions, once implemented,
may not contribute to the accessibility needed by
all family members. Talking to architects, contractors
and design specialists who work for a home improvement
company may also give you more ideas with which
to work and consider.