The Zero Stress Guide to Kitchens


What You Need To Know Before You Buy a Kitchen

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Kitchen shapes

Top tips:

  • Work with the shape of your room
  • Maximise storage space
  • Efficiency is the watchword

The size and shape of your kitchen will, to some extent, dictate the layout – no point in hankering after a vast island unit when your kitchen is long and narrow. Whatever its size, the most important thing is to make your kitchen as efficient as possible and maximise the storage space – you can never have too much!

Unless you are blessed with an enormous room, kitchens generally come in one of four main shapes – galley, two-way galley, L-shaped and U-shaped.

Galley kitchens

With space at a premium, it is likely that your choice of layout will be quite restricted and storage space beneath worktops will be limited. Make the most of the available wall space and perhaps have a large storage cupboard or a high refrigerator at the end of the galley.

Two-way galley kitchens

Two-way galley kitchens provide significantly more storage space below the worktop and lend themselves to a more efficient layout than a single galley. It is important, though, to ensure you have enough space between the two galleys – you need to be able to look into your oven without bumping into the galley behind you. Also consider potential space constraints if more than one person is working in the kitchen.

Two-way galley kitchens

L-shaped kitchens

The L-shaped kitchen usually provides plenty of working surfaces plus storage space below the worktops. Distance between the main zones of the kitchen will be minimised. Depending on its size, an additional advantage of the L-shaped kitchen is that one of the corners can often be used as a dining area. Clever storage solutions ensure that even seemingly awkward spaces in corners can been utilised.

L-shaped kitchens

U-shaped kitchens

A U-shaped kitchen offers plenty of work surfaces and storage space. Resist the tendency to fill every inch of wall space with cupboards, though, as this can be somewhat overpowering. A large U-shaped kitchen can accommodate a breakfast bar on one end of the ‘U’, if required.

U-shaped kitchens

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