An ideal kitchen renovation is one that makes your space not only more beautiful, but more functional. Renovating your kitchen is a prime opportunity to rework your layout for optimal function and flow.
According to real estate investor and contractor Scott McGillivray, “Layout is everything. Proper layout makes prepping, cooking, and clean-up much easier.” Learn more from Scott McGillivray in this Dream.Plan.Do. video, Planning Your Kitchen Layout, including how to create an efficient kitchen triangle between the stove, sink, and refrigerator – important for any kitchen layout you’re considering.
We’re sharing our top five kitchen layout options to help inspire your remodel. The size and shape of your space will determine which kitchen layout will work best, so you’ll want to consult with your interior designer or contractor to select the best layout for your kitchen.
1. L-shaped with island
This versatile layout checks off a lot of dream kitchen must-haves: ample storage, kitchen island, and open-concept style. An L-shaped layout also makes the most of a kitchen corner and keeps traffic to a minimum in your cooking zone. You can customize your island to suit how you’ll use the space, whether you opt for a sink or cooktop built into your island or keep it entertaining-ready with a smooth surface and plenty of seating. We’re sharing our top five kitchen layout options to help inspire your remodel. The size and shape of your space will determine which kitchen layout will work best, so you’ll want to consult with your interior designer or contractor to select the best layout for your kitchen.
L-shaped layout with kitchen island
See how the L-shaped layout comes together in these classic farmhouse and mid-century modern kitchens.
2. One-wall layout with kitchen island
This simple and clean layout keeps all the kitchen essentials within a single wall and an island. This open-concept layout is perfect for creating a stunning focal point in a great room, with an uninterrupted traffic flow from the kitchen island to living space. Just as in the L-shaped layout, a stove or sink can be built into the island or remain on the perimeter. In larger homes, this one-wall layout is often paired with a butler’s pantry for additional storage behind the scenes.
One-wall kitchen layout with island
This open-concept island layout is perfected in these inviting kitchen spaces.
3. Double islands
When it comes to kitchen islands, sometimes more is more. If space allows, consider a two-island layout. Double islands are a sleek alternative to one large island, creating distinct prep and dining zones and offering smooth traffic flow. Typically in a double-island kitchen, the outer kitchen island is reserved for seating while the inner kitchen island is optimized for prep with a sink, cooktop, or both. This layout is great for fostering quality time spent in the kitchen – cooking with a partner, dining as a family, and entertaining guests are all made easier with this spacious layout.
Double island kitchen layout
See the double-island layout done two different ways in these timeless white kitchen spaces.
Double island kitchen featuring Torquay countertops, mixed metals, and French windows. By: Melissa Sutherland. Photo: Matthew Lynn.
4. Peninsula layout
Dreaming of a kitchen island but it won’t work in your space? A layout featuring a kitchen peninsula is a great alternative, offering similar style with additional storage and counter space for seating or prep. Rather than four open sides on an island, a peninsula provides three open sides with the remaining side connected to the wall or extended from your countertops (sometimes called a G-shaped kitchen layout).
Peninsula kitchen layout
These two stylish kitchens feature two different peninsula layouts: one with a small peninsula seating nook extending from the countertops, and one with a larger peninsula against the wall as a smart kitchen-island alternative.
5. Galley kitchen layout
A galley kitchen, or walk-through kitchen, is an efficient layout for smaller spaces and is common in condos or apartments. This layout is structured like a corridor, with two parallel walls and surfaces. A standard galley kitchen has an entrance on either side, but there may be only one entrance if space is limited. Although a galley is not cut out to be an eat-in kitchen or entertaining space, there’s a lot to love about this layout. Having everything close at hand makes for efficient prep and easy clean-up, and full-height cabinets offer plenty of storage. And you may prefer to keep dishes out of sight while gathering in the dining or living room.
Since a galley kitchen is all about function, it’s also a common layout for butler’s pantries or prep kitchens. To keep your galley kitchen renovation beautiful and bright, incorporate windows and white space to help open up the space. You can also modify this layout by doing a partial galley with one open wall, such as this modern galley kitchen that opens up above the range and features Parys™ countertops.
Galley kitchen layout
Inviting galley kitchen featuring Swanbridge Matte™ countertops, hexagon-tile backsplash, and warm woods.
With your ideal kitchen layout mapped out, you’ll be well on your way to a space that meets your needs. But even the most meticulously planned layout will let you down if your materials can’t keep up with daily use. Investing in high-quality cabinetry, appliances, and durable Cambria® natural stone countertops will ensure a beautiful kitchen renovation that stands the test of time.