There has been a lot written about kitchen floor plans and it all comes down to logical choices. You need enough space in the areas where you actually work. For me this means between the sink and stove, clean up area and secondary work station. You need somewhere to place a hot dish that comes out of the oven and when taking items out of the fridge. These three kitchen cabinet plans are the most common.
In this kitchen the number of doors is a problem. The new plan uses all the wall space but results in many separate work areas instead of long counter runs. The stove is separate from the sink which means having to constantly go back and forth while cooking. This can be dangerous and messy situation.
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You need at least one counter area of 36 inches or more beside the sink even if that means installing the sink off center. You are only going to work on one side or the other, not both. It does not matter if you have lots of counter space if it is all disconnected and in the wrong place to work at.
With a small galley kitchen you usually have the fridge and stove on one side. Try not to have the stove right against the wall if possible. Even if you can only have a 6 inch piece of counter it is better than having the stove touch the wall. In my last condo I installed a 6” wide box wine rack cabinet along the top and base against the wall. It did not take up much space but it allowed the stove and microwave vent to be away from the wall for a better layout4look. At least a 2 ft wide counter between the stove and fridge is best, more is better.
With this layout you don’t want to waste valuable counter space for a microwave so an over the range micro/vent is a better choice. Pot drawers are a must for a small galley kitchen as they give you more flexible storage options. If you have the choices also go for higher 36” upper cabinets. Unless you are very tall or have 9 ft ceilings I don’t recommend the 42” high upper cabinets. To me there is something unbalanced about having taller upper cabinets than the base cabinets. Also you never use the top shelf so the extra space is …show more content…
The exact measurements of the work triangle do not matter that much as long as it works for you.You don’t want to have to go right across the kitchen to get to the fridge. If you have more space the ideal island is 3 ft wide and about 6 or 7 ft long.
A small second sink is great on the island if you have more than one cook in the kitchen. If your kitchen is wide enough the ideal would be to have a bank of pantries, maybe the fridge and a message center along the wall behind the island. If you want a breakfast bar with stools on the island make sure you have at enough room for traffic when the stools are pulled out.
If you have no choice but to install a U shaped kitchen there are ways to make the most of your design. I find the U shape kitchen design does have wasted space in the corners so it is my least favorite kitchen floor plan. Also when there are several people working or just visiting the cook they end up stuck in the space. Opt for special corner cabinets that have pull out shelves for complete access to