5 Types of Kitchen Layout Combinations


Many homeowners are eager to pick a cabinet design when redesigning their kitchen. With so many great cabinet options on the market today, we don’t blame you! But remember that before you can choose a cabinet style, you will need to decide on a kitchen layout that best suits your home. The layout you choose for your kitchen redesign will determine the materials and sizes you will need for your new cabinets. Below, we list 5 kitchen layouts and describe how your cabinet considerations will shift depending on which design you choose:   


1. One-wall:

Since this is the ultimate minimalist design and space saver, there are fewer cabinets in the overall design in this option. This also makes it one of the most affordable options! All cabinets are installed along one wall, which means you will only need to order classic styles (no special corner cabinets, which can be costly).

2. Galley:

This layout is relatively easy to configure as far as cabinets go (again there are no corner cabinets here), and leaves more room for bigger appliances and more cabinet space overall. This style is similar to the “one-wall,” but it has an added island or opposite, parallel wall, which creates a central walkway.

3. L-Shape:

This design features more countertop space along two perpendicular walls (forming an “L”), usually extending 12-15 feet in each direction. Above and below the countertops is space for two walls of cabinets (with central corner cabinets between them). An L-shaped kitchen has a roomy, open feel and is best suited for medium or large kitchens.

4. Horseshoe:

Of all the layouts, this one maximizes space for cabinets, making it ideal for larger homes. It features three walls of cabinet space (this layout adds the third wall to the classic “L-shape,” forming a “U-shape”).



5. Island:

Another option for added cabinet space is to install an island, which can be added to any of the designs above to optimize space and add amenities. This floater space can serve as a tabletop (with added stools), an extra sink space, or simply added storage. Cabinets are usually installed beneath the surface regardless of the island’s purpose.


As you make these decisions, you might have questions about which layout is best suited to your kitchen’s dimensions, your budget, and your own personal style. A kitchen designer can help address your concerns and contribute suggestions and ideas that you may not have otherwise thought of. Redesigning a kitchen—while exciting—can feel overwhelming, and professionals will help you navigate the unfamiliar terrain. They can help with a variety of tasks, such as helping you order samples, taking measurements of your space, and advising you about which color schemes or cabinet materials will suit the style of your home specifically. A kitchen redesign requires many resources, and you’ll want to make sure you do it right the first time!

For more information about cabinet materials and customizations, visit Quality Kitchen Cabinets of San Francisco–a family-owned company working with you to produce the perfect solution to fit your space and budget. You can also stop by to see their kitchen showroom to view fully-appointed displays and consult with a professional!


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