To plan your kitchen properly, you need to consider the layout of its floor plan. A U-shaped kitchen is ideal for a square or rectangular floor plan, with a minimum width of 240 cm. This layout makes the best use of the space by providing plenty of storage capacity and large work surfaces where you can work comfortably. Let’s see in detail how to make the most of a U-shaped kitchen design.
LAYOUT TIPS FOR ENCLOSED ENVIRONMENTS
The furniture is arranged on three adjoining walls, while the fourth wall serves as an entrance and exit as well as for movement within the kitchen. Why is this layout one of the most popular nowadays? Because it perfectly delineates the different areas of the kitchen, making it easy for more than one person to work at the same time.
First of all, we must explain a basic concept in kitchen design, the so-called working triangle. It is a space that encompasses the three main work areas in the kitchen: the water area (with the sink and the dishwasher); the cooking area (with the stove, the oven or ovens, the microwave, etc.); and the pantry area (which includes food storage units as well as the fridge and the freezer).
The ideal U-shaped kitchen will have the cooking and the pantry area facing each other, while the water area will be a point midway between them. This type of layout is a way of minimising the distances between various related activities, such as taking vegetables and washing, cutting and boiling them, for example. If there is one drawback, it is that the kitchen will have two corner units. However, the problem can be effectively solved by choosing the right interior accessories, which will ensure easy access to the corners.
THE BEST SOLUTIONS FOR OPEN-PLAN KITCHENS
U-shaped kitchens are very common in areas open to the living-dining room or, at least, to the dining room. And this solution can be achieved in two ways:
Firstly, with a peninsula unit acting as a divider between spaces. In this case, it should be noted that some storage capacity may be lost, as the peninsula will not have high cabinets. But there are ways to balance that out, such as using more column cabinets. The peninsula can accommodate a breakfast bar if desired, which is also ideal to serve the aperitif before sitting at the table.
Secondly, U-shaped kitchens usually incorporate a central island which acts as a divider between the different areas and considerably increases the work surface. Usually, this island functions as a work area, modifying the working triangle design mentioned above. If you decide to place the cooking area on the island, take note that ceiling-mounted kitchen hoods or those with an overhang are a fantastic solution to prevent the kitchen hood from visually dominating the area. And with a raised bar top, your island will be turned into a practical office.
One last tip is that the free space between the U-shaped kitchen and the island should be at least 120 cm.
Does a U-shaped kitchen suit your needs? This design is very convenient as it ensures an excellent workflow when working within the kitchen and allows several people to work comfortably at the same time. Furthermore, this layout provides comfortable and cosy kitchens to share with the family.