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If you are looking for more out of your kitchen than the picture above then you might want to select a layout from below that most suits your rooms shape. Most kitchens end up falling into one of these four categories.

The Single-Wall Kitchen

The single wall kitchen layout is the smallest of all kitchen design layouts. There really isn't a "work triangle" as such for obvious reasons. Because of its small stature the single wall kitchen design often lends itself to the use of combination appliances. Hood/microwave works well here as does a range for cooking rather than a cooktop and separate oven. Try not to crowd appliances too closely together. Leaving ample space for cabinetry between appliances will make the kitchen much more functional.

The L-Shaped Kitchen

Perhaps the most common kitchen layout is the L Shape kitchen plan. In this kitchen layout the problem of pass through traffic is eliminated. The possibility of corner storage also comes into play with the wall and base cabinetry at the inside of the L shape. It's important to take advantage of this space and use it wisely. Blank or "dead" corners should be avoided here. Take care not to make each leg of the L too long to avoid unnecessary amounts of travel while working in the kitchen. A maximum leg length of 12-15 feet is ideal. If you have a large enough room to work with you can explore the idea of adding an island to this kitchen plan.

The U-Shaped Kitchen

The U shape kitchen is a close cousin to the L shape but offers more storage and counter space. In the U shape however you will have two inside corner situation to address. Lazy susan cabinets, blind corner cabinets and magic corner cabinets are all possibilities here. This kitchen layout is suitable for larger kitchens and can be enhanced by adding a kitchen island. Should you decide to use an island try to have no less than 42 inches of clear walking space around the island. The addition of an island will likely break up the flow of a traditional work triangle so you may wish to consider the idea of incorporating "work zone" functionality to this plan.

The G-Shaped Kitchen

The G shape kitchen layout is really a modified version of the U shape. Many times the G shape is completed by adding a peninsula area to create the G shape. The addition of a peninsula is an excellent way to make your kitchen more inviting especially if it incorporates seating for guests. The downside to the G shape kitchen plan is that it does limit access to the main kitchen area so care must be taken so the kitchen doesn't feel cramped. Make certain there is plenty of room between the leg of the G and cabinetry on the opposite wall. Try to keep an entry access distance of no less than 48 inches here.