What are the 6 types of kitchen layouts?

A kitchen can have any layout; however, there are six primary kitchen layouts. The key is determining which works best for your space.

The six types of kitchen layouts are:

  • One Wall Kitchens: One wall kitchens are installed against a single wall and are often installed in small kitchens or apartments. They can have base and wall cabinets and focus on functionality.
  • Galley Kitchens: Very space-efficient, galley kitchens are characterised by two parallel walls – much like a hallway, with kitchen cabinets installed on each side. They are ideal for small homes that need to maximise space.
  • L-Shaped Kitchens: As one of the most popular kitchen layouts, L-shaped kitchens feature two joining walls, perpendicular. As such, they are ideal for open plan living and can support additional features such as an island bench.
  • U-Shaped Kitchens: For designated kitchen spaces that feature three perpendicular walls, U-Shaped kitchens are ideal. They are highly functional and offer ample bench space.
  • Island Kitchens: The most contemporary kitchen layout is an island kitchen, which can be any of the layouts above with an additional island bench front and centre. This layout is communal and great for entertaining.
  • Peninsula Kitchens: A peninsula Kitchen is similar to an island kitchen, but rather than featuring a freestanding island, the island is connected to the benchtop and is accessible from three sides rather than four. Such kitchens are also suitable for U-shaped kitchens or L-Shaped kitchens – it’s merely a case of adding a return island bench.

To help you choose which kitchen layout is best for your home, read ‘How To Choose The Right Kitchen Layout Shape