Benefits of the U-Shaped Kitchen Design
U-shaped kitchens are useful and versatile, adapting to any size room but providing the most effective layout in larger spaces. They are designed in a ‘U’ shape that surrounds you with benchtops on three sides and opens out to what is generally the living space on one end. As one of the most common kitchen layouts, it is popular for its ample cooking space and efficiency, but these benefits often depend on the size of the room.
Advantages & Disadvantages
The U-shaped kitchen is designed to be user friendly and highly efficient. It relies on the classic concept of the ‘working triangle’ by having sinks, ovens, refrigerators and other main appliances close to each other. The U-shaped kitchen design is often considered the most efficient floor plan because of this tight working triangle.
It also allows for more sociable cooking, as more than one cook can operate at a time, and if one side of the “U” is used as an island benchtop, people can cook and entertain without fuss. Having benchtops on three sides offers more areas to prepare food or place appliances, making it highly accessible and easy to use.
On the flipside of this, having cupboards and benches on three sides can reduce floor area and make the room feel cramped. Too much floor space and the work stations are too far apart, too little and the spaces can feel too enclosed. The U-shaped kitchen layout can also make corner cabinets tricky to get into, especially in smaller areas.
To avoid these drawbacks with your own U-shaped kitchen ideas, here are some basic guidelines for the design:
- Ensure the three sides are not too far away from each other (unless there’s going to be an island in the centre of the kitchen)
- The room should be at least 10 feet wide for the U-shaped design to be its most efficient
- Incorporating a kitchen island keeps cooking social and can also open up the design
- Be careful with corner cabinets, utilise them only as a means to store seldom used items
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