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Table of Contents
- Kitchen Designs Photo Gallery
- FAQ on How to Design a Kitchen
- What does “kitchen layout” mean?
- How do you layout a kitchen?
- What does a full kitchen include?
- How big should your kitchen be?
- How big should the island be in your kitchen?
- How deep is the average kitchen counter?
- How much distance should there be between a kitchen countertop and upper cabinets?
- How tall should kitchen cabinets be?
- How tall should a kitchen island be?
- Kitchen Sink Diagram
- Kitchen Faucet Diagram
- Popular Galleries
Kitchen Designs Photo Gallery
FAQ on How to Design a Kitchen
Designing a kitchen requires a lot of trial and error. While it’s not terribly difficult choosing a layout, you will go back and forth on cabinet/drawer configuration, colors and materials. It’s a lot of variables to put together into a cohesive whole.
Below we set out some frequently asked questions on kitchen design.
What does “kitchen layout” mean?
Kitchen layout refers to one of several common layout configurations. Of course you can come up with something unique, but most kitchens fall into one of the following basic layouts:
- Single wall: All cabinets, appliances and counters line one wall.
- Single wall with island: Same as single wall, but includes an island as well. This is more and more popular and works great in open concept with a large island.
- Galley: All cabinets, appliances and counters line two parallel walls with a single aisle down the center. This is a less than ideal layout because it’s long and narrow.
- Galley with island: If your galley style kitchen is wide, you can insert a long, narrow island down the center.
- L-shape: Cabinet and counters are placed along two adjoining walls forming an L-shape. Most include an island in the center.
- U-shape: Cabinet and counters line 3 walls forming a U. Some have islands while others don’t.
- G-shape: U-shape with a peninsula. Island optional – usually needs to be quite large to accommodate an island.
How do you layout a kitchen?
In many ways, your kitchen space dictates which kitchen layouts are available to you. With an open concept design, you can go with single line with island or L-shaped with island. If you have three walls to contend with, you may be restricted to a U-shape or L-shape or G-shape.
Beyond that, it’s a personal choice. A G-shape or U-shape offers more cabinets and countertop space than a single line or L-shape. A galley kitchen can provide plenty of cabinet and countertop space, but it can be a tight and/or dark kitchen space.
What does a full kitchen include?
A full kitchen is one that’s fully stocked and ready to cook.
A full kitchen includes the following:
- Storage cabinets or shelves
- Oven and range
PLUS it’s fully stocked with cooking necessities – pots, utensils, dishware.
Now, if you rent a place that states “full kitchen” and it lacks a microwave, but has everything else, I wouldn’t consider that to not be a full kitchen. It’s a matter of degrees.
How big should your kitchen be?
I think a better question is “what are the basic kitchen sizes?”
- Small: less than 70 sq. ft.
- Midsized: 70 to 100 sq. ft.
- Large: greater than 100 sq. ft.
Knowing that, it’s up to you. Larger is better, but only to a point. At a certain size, a kitchen is useless. Imagine running around a 1,000 sq. ft. kitchen – that would be a real nuisance.
How big should the island be in your kitchen?
It depends on how big your kitchen is. You must ensure sufficient distance between the island and other counters and/or walls. At a minimum you 36″ clearance, but more if you have more than one person often in the kitchen.
Also, even if you have a huge space for an island, at some point, they’re too large. My personal favorite is one large enough to accommodate 4 stools on one side and deep enough to provide ample working space from the kitchen side. That said, it is nice for the island to be narrow enough to serve people on stools from the kitchen side. If the island is 5 feet deep, you can’t really place dishes in front of diners on the stools. Accordingly, my favorite kitchen island size is 10 feet by 3 feet. See the kitchen illustration below:
Here’s a kitchen island dimensions diagram:
How deep is the average kitchen counter?
It’s 25 to 26 inches.
How much distance should there be between a kitchen countertop and upper cabinets?
18″ at a minimum.
How tall should kitchen cabinets be?
How tall should a kitchen island be?
Here’s a kitchen counter and cabinet dimensions diagram:
Kitchen Sink Diagram
Kitchen Faucet Diagram
1. Kitchen Island Ideas
One of our most popular articles and galleries is our kitchen islands page where we showcase hundreds of kitchens with islands and include an extensive kitchen island design article.
2. Small Kitchen Ideas
Another extremely popular page on our site is the small kitchen designs and remodeling ideas page where we feature over 100 efficient small kitchens. Click the button below for our small kitchens photos.
3. White Kitchen Ideas
Our third most popular kitchen gallery is the white kitchen ideas page. White is a very popular color chosen for kitchen renovations and so it’s no surprise this is such a popular page.
4. Modern Kitchens
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