5 efficient kitchen layouts for your home

If you are designing a new kitchen, use our handy layout guide to maximize the space and storage in your kitchen.

By Rachel Ogden | 16 November 2018

Whether you’re redesigning a kitchen in a small house or a bigger space, find out which arrangement works best for you with our easy guide.

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How you plan any scheme can make the difference between a super-efficient space and a kitchen calamity.

We’ve rounded up the different effective layouts to consider for your kitchen redesign.

Galley – for small spaces

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Consisting of units along one wall to form a single galley or the wall facing to make a double galley, this layout is perfect for long, narrow kitchens and smaller rooms. It’s an efficient use of space, with usually only a few steps between each element of the working triangle. Galley designs often suffer from a lack of storage, but too many wall cupboards can make the room feel cluttered. Instead, opt for tall units at the end of runs and try staggering the depths or heights of your cabinets to avoid the corridor effect.

Workspace may be limited, so investigate ways of maximising it – sink covers and flush-fitted induction hobs that can double as surfaces will help. While not always suitable for multiple cooks, a galley can usually be divided into zones, and there’s a good amount of flexibility in the length of the kitchen, so it adapts well to suit different homes. For a sleek look when not in use, consider concealing some of the kitchen units behind sliding doors.

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‘When planning a galley space, consider where you’d like your appliances and sink – you may want to have your electrial items on one side and your wet zone on the other,’ advises DougHaswell, furniture manager at Caple. ‘Remember to keep to the basics, such as base and wall cabinets, a fridge freezer, sink, oven and dishwasher.’