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U-shape kitchen layout with island, dark cabinetry and light countertops.

U-shape kitchens are the second most popular kitchen layout.  36% of kitchens are in the U-shape.

You can browse many U-shape kitchen layout ideas below.  You can also further filter your search with the drop down options.

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Pure white kitchen with tray ceiling and laminated flooring together with marble countertop and multiple cabinets.Zillow Digs TM

The kitchen's white walls perfectly blends with the lighting and the tiles flooring while the table for two dining set fits perfectly in the kitchen.Trulia

Another look of Michael Hall's kitchen focusing the table for two, silver appliance and multiple cabinets.Trulia

The cherry-finished cabinets and other storage are what makes this kitchen stunningly beautiful. Added by the white top counters and breakfast bar, along with the vintage-looking pendant lights, the room is just draw-dropping.Trulia

Contemporary kitchen with white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and arched doorways.Source: Zillow DigsTM

Small u-shaped modern kitchen with white cabinetry, multi-colored backsplash and stainless steel appliances.Source: Zillow DigsTM

Small modern white kitchen with multi-colored tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and hardwood flooring.Source: Zillow DigsTM

Mid-sized traditional kitchen with recessed cabinetry, yes island and tile flooring.Source: Zillow DigsTM

Traditional u-shaped dine-in-kitchen with gray tile backsplash and medium-toned wood cabinetry.Source: Zillow DigsTM

Traditional u-shaped kitchen with brown cabinetry, a yes island and a combination of black appliances and white appliances.Source: Zillow DigsTM

Contemporary beige dine-in-kitchen in u-shape layout with stainless steel appliances, yes island and tile flooring.Source: Zillow DigsTM

Contemporary u-shaped dine-in-kitchen with chandelier and flushmount lighting.Source: Zillow DigsTM

Small Beach style kitchen in U-shape with beam ceiling, blue recessed panel cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and no island.Photo by Mimi Snowden Design - Search kitchen pictures

Traditional U-shaped kitchen with blue recessed panel cabinetry, built-in shelving, white subway tile backsplash and farmhouse sink.Photo by Meriwether Inc - Browse kitchen ideas

Rustic red kitchen with wooden beams ceiling and hardwood flooring along with built-in cabinets and breakfast bar.Photo by Winkelman Architecture - Browse kitchen ideas

Eclectic silver kitchen with tile flooring and pendant lights together with glass window and wall lights.Photo by Lali architecture - More kitchen photos

Industrial U-shaped kitchen with stainless steel appliances.Photo by Paul Craig Photography - Look for kitchen design inspiration

Eclectic orange kitchen with cabinets and hardwood floor.Source: Zillow DigsTM

Contemporary U-shaped orange kitchen with hardwood floor.Source: Zillow DigsTM

Contemporary orange kitchen with recessed lights and hardwood floor.Source: Zillow DigsTM

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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.

If you’re interested in more U shape kitchen design ideas or other kinds of kitchen design ideas, check out our photo gallery.