U-shape kitchens are the second most popular kitchen layout. 36% of kitchens are in the U-shape.
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About U-Shape Kitchens
The U shape kitchen is the second most popular kitchen according to our survey, accounting for 36% of respondents. U shape kitchens can work in either small or large space and tend to be heavy on appliances and amenities, which can leave them feeling a bit cluttered.
The Kitchen Corner
The U shape kitchen can become a light-trap if you’re not careful with your lighting conditions, which is why artificial lighting is typically the way to go. The material of the countertop and cabinets can change the dynamic of a U shape kitchen entirely, but either way, you’ll typically be working facing away from the rest of the house, so you may as well have your workspace to be well lit.
U shape kitchens vary drastically in the amount of free counter space that they have to work with. Sometimes a few appliances can cut down a seemingly endless amount of space into a clutter once cooking gets going.
The position of the sink and the position of the range are areas where U shape kitchens can meet their downfall. The sink doesn’t necessarily need to be centrally located and may do more harm than good if it is. If the range is in the very center of the U, does that make prep work harder? These are the questions that should run through the mind of every U shape kitchen aspirant.
Packed, Or Cozy?
U shape kitchens nearly always have an abundance of overhead and under the counter storage space, and can sometimes benefit from having vertically placed appliances like ovens or microwaves, saving counter space at the expense of storage space.
Either way, U shape kitchens tend to come with a feeling of industriousness, probably related to the amount of back and forth most chefs require to produce a meal thanks to the position of the appliances, sink, refrigerator, and range.
The backdrop beneath overhead cupboards is also a popular area to populate with utensils and other items in U shaped kitchens, which can be either endearingly quaint or messy and cluttered depending on how it’s executed. Think about your habits before deciding whether to mount a place for your spoons.
There’s a lot of spaces to keep clean with a U shape kitchen, so if you’re considering integrating one into your home, make sure that you’re ready to deal with the nooks and crannies that come standard with a kitchen type with a lot of surface area.
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