If you have limited space, choosing an L Shaped kitchen design may be the best option. There is plenty of room for cooking, entertaining and for more than one cook to prepare meals at the same time.
This kitchen layout works well with an array of styles, such as contemporary, modern or traditional. The only necessity for this type of kitchen is that there is at least one wall that can be used for cabinetry, stove and sink.
Below are some great tips for designing your perfect L Shaped kitchen:
Add An Island
L Shaped kitchens work wonderfully when an island is added. Not only do you get more counter space, but you will also benefit from increased cabinet storage underneath.
Extra seats can also be added so children can do their homework while meals are prepared. Islands are also great to sit and grab a quick cup of coffee or sandwich.
Add A Prep Sink
An additional sink that is placed in the island is an excellent way to accommodate an extra cook in the kitchen. Usually the island sink is smaller than the main sink and seating is placed around it, so others can watch the meals being prepared.
Opt For A Table
If you don’t have the space for an island, add a small dining table for your sit down meals. You can easily adjust the size of your table to your family’s needs.
Avoid Too Much Counter Space
Often, if there is a large amount of counter space, it tends to get cluttered with extra appliances, junk mail or decorations. Your kitchen will lose it’s appeal if there are too many items laying around.
This article suggests to avoid that problem, by adding hutch style cabinets onto the counter. They also recommend incorporating a china cabinet at the end of the counter to break up the design.
Too much counter space can overwhelm the room. By adding different pieces, you will break up the design and make it more pleasing to the eye.
Ceiling Height Cabinets
If you are working with a small space, you may want to consider adding taller, ceiling height cabinets. Doing so will give you more storage area, for items that are not frequently used. Additionally, it will give the appearance of a larger room.
To give your home a more open concept look, remove the wall that separates the kitchen from the family room. You will be able to easily interact with others in the next room or watch television from the kitchen. It will also make the entire space appear larger and more spacious.
For the most efficient kitchen, be sure that your design follows the Work Triangle theory. This layout connects the three most important elements of your kitchen in the most user friendly way. The sink, refrigerator and stove are all easily accessible. These items should be placed no more than nine feet apart and no closer than four feet from each other.
If your kitchen lacks windows and natural lighting, adding a skylight is a great solution. You will have plenty of light during the day, without using electricity.
Pendant lights also look trendy when hung over the island or breakfast bar area.
By taking the above points into consideration, you will transform your kitchen into a functional and attractive space to cook meals and for family to gather.
If you are unsure of how to move forward with your remodel, consult with a professional kitchen designer who can answer any questions you may have.
For further reading, check out the following articles: Functionality And Style – Why You Need Both To Create A Great Kitchen and Top 6 Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Before Any Kitchen Redesign.
Robin’s award winning designs have been recognized by several National and Regional design contests.