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Advantages and Disadvantages of Common Kitchen Designs

Joseph Muriithi Nov 29, 2016 11:11 0 comment(s)

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is a place most of us make long lasting memories be it from the meals we cook for our loved ones, the parties that come to life through the food we cook or just the quick sandwich fixes we make to get us through the day. If you like cooking, you definitely need space that you can work efficiently in. If you don’t like cooking, the more efficient the kitchen space, the easier it will be for you to fix a meal quickly.

When you put your chef hat on, you need the kitchen area to enable you work fast, multitask and still come up with a 5-star meal in your own space. Here, we show you the advantages and disadvantages of three common kitchen designs.

1.     L-shaped design

This design consists of countertops on two adjoining walls that are perpendicular, forming an L. The "legs" of the L can be as long as you wish. Depending on how big it is, you can have a dining set in the middle.


This design gives you excellent use of space as you can see everything at a glance. It simplifies the cooking and clean-up process as there are no obstacles for your workflow. It is best for medium sized kitchens as it only requires two adjacent walls. It’s important to note that it is the most versatile kitchen layout. It’s perfect for families because it minimizes foot traffic.


Once you introduce an island or dining table, your work-space tremendously reduces. You may have to crumple all smaller appliances in the middle as the largest space on the counter is in the middle of the 'L'. It could be a little expensive unless you use free standing appliances to cut the cost.

This design is best efficient when it is connected to another room, for instance, the living room.

Although L-shaped kitchens may vary lengthwise, they should not be spanned too wide as this may make working from one counter to the next challenging.

2.   The U-shaped Design

This design has counters touching three walls of the kitchen. It is common in homes with big kitchen spaces.


You will have plenty of storage space depending on the size of your kitchen since they utilize the three walls of the room. Food preparation is made easy because your appliances will be closer together. This will make moving from counter to counter much easier. This design is perfect for people who prefer separate dining and living room space.


Having all appliances close together may make the kitchen feel cramped. It may not be a good design if the kitchen is not big enough. It requires large spaces to make the design comfortable. If the kitchen is small, using this design makes working space very small. It may also be challenging to access items in cabinets because of the corners joining the sides.

3.   Single wall Design

This is the simplest design as the counter and cabinets are all on one wall of the room.


This design is useful both in small and large spaces. For small spaces, it makes the most use of the space. For large spaces, you can combine the kitchen and dining room and still have the room looking spacious.

If the cabinets are designed well, you can have maximum storage space and working space. With this design, your kitchen can be a social hub for entertaining guests.


If the worktops are panned too far it may make food preparation and cleaning challenging.

Containing clutter can also be a problem. It requires constant cleaning as any dirt can be easily seen at a glance. This may be impossible especially for a family with young children.


Article By:   Betty J. Kiptum 
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