Kitchen design and decoration require special attention. Kitchens have become the headquarters of family life. In order to achieve the functional design, kitchen layouts must take into account the type and order of activities performed there, as well as the possibilities of the existing space.

The main challenge in the design of a kitchen is properly solving the distribution for quick access to each and every one of the areas and gadgets, thus achieving a good movement and flow. The actual shape of the room (square, rectangular, etc.)  will determine the best configuration.

Let’s explore some tried and true classic kitchen layouts and how they perform within a particular shaped room.

L-Shaped Kitchen Layouts

If the space is rectangular, a very efficient kitchen distribution is in the form of an L. If there is no window on the shorter side, this is where you should install the hob (which should be as far as possible from the entry of the kitchen.) The refrigerator, sink and dishwasher are better placed in the long side (whether there is a window or not). A small dining area composed by a breakfast bar –in this example just a narrow bar due to the dimensions of the room— can find its place at the other long wall, as it stays free of installations.

This distribution can be installed in any kitchen, except those with more than two doors, or very narrow spaces.

In this second example of L-shaped kitchen distributions we show a rectangular space with a window on the narrow wall, at the back. In cases like this, it is advisable to always try to leave the wall where the window is as clear as possible. All the countertop then concentrates into one corner, while leaving the other for placing your fridge. L-shaped kitchens often leave enough space to install a small table.

Read more: Kitchen Layout Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make

l shaped kitchenKitchen Remodel, by ArmchairBuilder.com – armchairbuilder.com on Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

Kitchen Layouts with Serving Hatch

The location of the entry door is crucial in the distribution of the furniture and appliances along the walls. In this case, where the access is present in the longest side of the space, it doesn’t allow for a small dining table. This inability can be resolved with a serving hatch window that connects the kitchen with the dining area on the next room. Furthermore, in order to increase the feeling of spaciousness, you can replace a common door with a sliding one.

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