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Kitchen Design

Work Triangle

There are four basic kitchen layouts – galley, peninsula, L-shaped, and U-shaped (see examples below).
All four usually have on thing in common – they are built around the “work triangle”. Creating work triangle can reduce excess movement by positioning most important elements like kitchen sink, stove, and refrigerator in straight line from each other.

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Galley Kitchen

Galley kitchens are very efficient because everything is just few steps away. Usually sink and refrigerator are on one side and the stove is on the other.

One of the disadvantages of the galley kitchen is limited counter space and storage.

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Peninsula Kitchen

Peninsula kitchen could be converted from a galley or L-shaped kitchen.

It provides open design that incorporates kitchen and kitchenette area. Extra counter space can be be used for additional seating and breakfast area.

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L-shaped Kitchen

L-shaped kitchens are most common and most popular design. There are easy to get around, and provide easy access to all important elements. Uninterrupted work triangle makes the workflow easy and natural.

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U-shaped Kitchen

U-shaped kitchen is designed on three adjacent walls. Sink, refrigerator, and stove are usually spread out on each wall – making the work triangle work at its best. If your kitchen is large enough adding an island can add functionality and counter work space.

Measuring Tips

In few easy steps will tell you how to measure for your new kitchen.

  • Sketch an outline of your kitchen.
  • Mark windows, doors, and any openings or obstacles like pipes, vents, radiators.
  • Measure each wall (corner to corner/corner to the end of the wall).
  • Measure the width of windows and doorways (from the outside trim to outside trim), measure height if necessary (if for example – window drops below cabinet level, or you want to put a cabinet above the window or door).
  • Measure the distance from either end of the wall or corner to the outside trim of the window (same for doorways).
  • Measure the height of the room (try in few places – to make sure it’s the same).
  • Measure the distance from either end of the wall or corner to the middle of the existing sink, or to any water pipes or drain (same for and gas lines or power outlets meant for stove or oven).
  • Have measurements for all existing appliances – or if you’re getting new ones please have any specifications that the manufacture should provide for installation.


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