Kitchen type and layout

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The layout of the kitchen can determine the speed and convenience of your cooking. If the layout is unreasonable, it will be inconvenient during the cooking process, so the layout of the kitchen is very important. Do you have any concept of kitchen layout? What layout do you decide is both reasonable and practical? You will know after reading this article.

First, many people will struggle whether to choose a closed kitchen or an open kitchen. What is the difference between the two? what are the different advantages?

I. Enclosed Kitchen

A closed kitchen is to separate the kitchen and the dining room with a partition, turning the kitchen into a separate space, which can relatively isolate the kitchen fumes without affecting other spaces in the home.

(1) Advantages of closed kitchens

①Isolate soot stains

The enclosed kitchen can block oil fumes well and keep other rooms clean. There is usually a lot of cooking fumes in the kitchen. If it is not well blocked, the smell will drift to the living room and other rooms, and it is more troublesome to clean.  Closed kitchen avoids this.


In addition to cooking, the kitchen should also store some utensils, pots and pans and the like. If it is an open kitchen, these things must be neatly arranged, otherwise the whole house will look messy. However, the closed kitchen is relatively private and not easy to appear messy.

③Different styles

Because the closed kitchen is separated by a door, it is easier to match the overall style. The kitchen can also be different from the style of the living room and dining room to create another style.

(2) Disadvantages

①It is hot and humid

A closed kitchen is a closed space, which is relatively stuffy, but air conditioners and exhaust can be installed to solve this problem.

②The sense of space becomes smaller

The closed kitchen separates the space and hinders the extension of the space. Relatively speaking, the overall sense of space will become smaller, but a transparent glass door can be installed, so that the space can be visually extended.

II. Open kitchen

The open kitchen can be simply understood as opening the whole kitchen to the outside world, that is, the kitchen and the dining room are connected without being separated by doors and walls, forming an open cooking and dining space. Relatively speaking, it can use more space and is more beautiful.

1) Advantages:

① Make full use of the space

There is no wall or door partition between the kitchen and the dining room, and the kitchen is also connected with the dining room to make greater use of the space and expand the visual space. Especially for small units, choosing an open kitchen can make more full use of the already small space.


The premise of aesthetics is that when the kitchen style is matched, it can be integrated with the style of the living room, so that the whole home feels more harmonious.

③Good lighting effect

An open kitchen enhances the light throughout the living room, making the whole room brighter because of the lack of a wall. Especially for those houses with poor lighting, the effect is obvious.

2) Disadvantages:

①Fume problem

Because it is open, the cooking fumes can easily spread to other spaces, making it easy for our furniture, electrical appliances, walls, and doors to stick to the fumes and stains, which is very inconvenient to clean. You can buy a range hood with a good range hood to solve this problem.

When planning the layout of the kitchen, the easiest way is to follow the cooking process and arrange the facilities required for the main links in the order of the moving lines. The moving lines are clear, and the corresponding layout is also clear. Next, we will introduce five kitchen layouts, so that you can better choose the kitchen layout that suits you.

III. Five Kitchen Layouts

1. U shaped


Among all kitchen layouts, the U-shaped layout is recognized as the most efficient and practical type of kitchen layout. The three sides are set against the wall to make full use of every inch of space in the kitchen, and the perfect triangular structure brings the chef a pleasant cooking experience.


(1) The design of the U-shaped kitchen can make the storage space larger. The cabinets cover three walls, and the space utilization rate is larger, which will bring more storage space.

(2) The partitions are clear, the layout of the U-shaped kitchen is very clear, and the distribution of each work area is clear briefly. Reasonable planning of the area is very helpful for cooking and avoids confusion and clutter.

(3) The space is open, and the U-shaped kitchen can easily accommodate two people to operate without being crowded. When a party needs to cook a lot of food, the U-shaped kitchen can help the chef solve the problem.

2. Island kitchen


Island kitchens are not exactly open kitchens. It can be designed according to human factors. However, an open island kitchen can expand the home space. For example, Nakajima can be used as a “vegetable preparation area”, and all the ingredients can be seen briefly after being neatly arranged, and cooking and cooking is much easier. The island-shaped kitchen design can be L-shaped cabinets with an island, or a line-shaped cabinet with an island, or a U-shaped cabinet with an island. The island can be a dining area, or it can be used alone as a meal prep worktop.


(1) And the island-type kitchen can be combined with multiple functions, which can be used as a cooking table, a dining table, a bar, and a study and work area.

(2) An island has a high utilization rate and increases storage space. Many small-sized open kitchens have only one-line chef’s countertops due to limited space. Over time, storage space and operating countertops are not enough. use.

3. L shape


L-shaped kitchen is the most economical and practical kitchen layout. The process of washing-cutting-frying can form a triangular activity space, and each area can be reached by turning around.


(1) The overall look of the L-shaped kitchen is very neat, and the layout is reasonable. Usually, the range hood and the stove are placed on the longer side of the L-shaped kitchen, while the refrigerator and the cabinet are placed on the other side, and the space layout is reasonable.

(2) The L-shaped kitchen is a semi-open design, with a free space, which relates to other spaces, making the kitchen function more obvious, and it is a flexible kitchen layout.

(3) On the whole, the L-shaped kitchen has a very clear functional division of each area, and the space utilization at the corner of the cabinet is relatively high, and the kitchen is very convenient to operate.

4.  I shape


In the design of the one-shaped cabinet, the straight-line structure is simple and clear, saving space. Best for tight spaces. There are no obstacles to move around during operation, each cabinet can be fully utilized, and all equipment is clear briefly.


(1) There are no obstacles to affect the movement during operation, each cabinet can be fully utilized, and all equipment is clear briefly.

(2) Save space, it is very suitable for small kitchen space, the cabinet is close to the wall, so kitchen utensils and other objects are very easy to find.

5.  Two-line kitchen


Two-line kitchen is the creation of two rows of work and storage areas along two opposing walls. This design is a big plus if food preparation is the focus of your kitchen work. Two-line kitchen doesn’t need a lot of space, just have a door or window at the end of the kitchen. Two-line kitchen can divide the kitchen function into two parts, one is cleaning and processing materials, and the other is cooking and placing. Even if you need to add other materials during the cooking process, you only need to turn around. It is very convenient to use. It is convenient and natural, which can greatly increase your cooking fun.


(1) It is easy to use, and it can distinguish the vegetable cutting, vegetable washing area and cooking area well, and it will not be crowded when many people cook.

(2) It is very suitable for kitchens with narrow and long spaces, making full use of the space.

So, the above are five different types of kitchen layouts, each of which has its own advantages, you can combine your own kitchen space and your preferences, layout. George hopes this article helps you, thanks for reading


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