Based on analyzing 580,913 kitchen layouts, we determined that single-wall layouts make up only 7.95% of kitchens which is the least common layout of the 4 major layouts (L-shape, U-shape, galley and single wall).
Single wall kitchens are where all cabinets/countertops are lined up against one wall. These days, most have an island, which I then refer to it as a single wall with island kitchen.
We lived in a house with a single wall with island kitchen. It’s a great layout. Very simple, efficient, easy to move around in yet with a large island, you get plenty of storage and workspace. It’s a great kitchen layout for open concept living spaces.
Our collection includes with and without islands.
A single wall kitchen featuring hardwood floors and white walls. It also features a center island with space for a breakfast bar lighted by pendant lights.
This stunning single wall kitchen features wooden walls and counters and cabinetry.
White single wall kitchen featuring a stylish kitchen counter and a small white dining nook.
Large single wall kitchen boasting rustic cabinetry and kitchen counters featuring white countertops. The pendant lights brighten the center island with space for a breakfast bar set on the hardwood flooring.
Large single wall kitchen featuring rustic cabinetry, kitchen counters and hardwood flooring. The large center island also features a marble countertop lighted by classy pendant lights.
This single wall kitchen offers stunning ceiling lights making the center island with space for a breakfast bar looks romantic.
This kitchen features a single wall style with white walls and ceiling lighted by recessed and pendant lights.
This single wall kitchen features classy bar stools and a stunning dining table set on the hardwood flooring lighted by recessed and pendant lights.
This kitchen features white walls matching the white cabinetry and kitchen countertops. The pendant lights look so lovely.
This single wall kitchen features beautiful cabinetry and kitchen counters that features lovely countertop.
This kitchen offers a very stylish countertop on the center island with a stove. The kitchen counters look so lovely together with the white countertop.
A single wall kitchen featuring white walls and black kitchen counters along with marble countertops on both counters and center island.
Large kitchen area with hardwood flooring and classy walls. The kitchen counters and center island paired with black granite countertops look so elegant.
This kitchen features a lovely breakfast bar near the center island matching the kitchen’s counters. The recessed and pendant lights are just perfect for the room.
Large white single wall kitchen featuring hardwood flooring and a massive center island. The kitchen counters feature black countertop.
Small kitchen with walnut finished cabinetry and kitchen counters along with the center island set on the hardwood flooring.
This single wall kitchen features a massive center island set on the tiles flooring.
A modish single wall kitchen featuring a stylish center island with elegant black countertop matching the bar stools. This kitchen is also lighted by stunning pendant lights.
White single wall kitchen with a very stylish waterfall-style center island with a stunning countertop. The pendant lights look so charming as well.
This kitchen boasts a large center island with black countertop matching the kitchen counters’ countertop.
This home features a single wall kitchen with white walls, cabinetry and counter along with green backsplash.
This single wall kitchen features a small center island that serves as a breakfast bar set on the white tiles flooring.
This kitchen features lovely cabinetry matching the kitchen counters with white countertop.
This kitchen boasts white walls, cabinetry and counters along with the flooring. The backsplash looks very stunning.
This single wall kitchen boasts elegant walls and classy hardwood flooring. There’s a small dining nook as well, featuring stylish table and seats.
This kitchen features white walls and kitchen counter with stainless steel countertop. The pendant lighting looks so charming.
A classy single wall kitchen boasting a large center island providing space for a breakfast bar lighted by pendant lights.
This single wall kitchen features a small center island with a classy countertop. It also provides a small space for a breakfast bar.
Large kitchen area featuring a stunning center island with space for a breakfast bar. The whole area is lighted by scattered recessed lights.
A modish kitchen set up with a waterfall-style center island set on the stunning tiles flooring lighted by beautiful pendant lights set on the tray ceiling.
This kitchen features a walnut finished cabinetry and kitchen counters matching with its walls and ceiling.
This home features a small kitchen with a center island set on the hardwood flooring and lighted by pendant lights.
Large modern kitchen with a stylish breakfast bar counter lighted by a set of charming pendant lights set on the stunning ceiling.
This single wall kitchen style provides a very charming counter with a black stylish countertop.
A single wall kitchen with green cabinetry and kitchen counters, which perfectly fits with the white walls and gray floors.
This home features a great room with a cozy living space, a classy dining table set and a kitchen with a large center island lighted by lovely pendant lights.
Single Wall Kitchen Design Ideas
The single wall kitchen design concept is growing in popularity and is often the perfect choice for a smaller space with a lot of natural light. Our survey data shows that only 8% of responders have a single wall kitchen, which is a shame!
Single wall kitchens are excellent because they offer homeowners the chance to have everything in the kitchen within a few shimmies to the left or the right. If you have a dining room and kitchen combo, the single wall kitchen can be especially compelling because you’ll be able to converse with your guests while you’re preparing their meal.
Shimmying To Better Interior Design
The single wall kitchen is the most vibrant when it gets a lot of natural light which can bounce off of the light-colored cabinets and surfaces of the single-walled kitchen. If you have your single wall kitchen locked away in a room without any natural light, it’ll just seem like an overgrown cupboard rather than a fun place to prepare a meal.
The single-walled kitchen also needs a wonderful walking space—and hardwood does the trick more often than not.
The fun of the single-walled kitchen is the leaning and reaching back and forth to access appliances and utensils near and far, all while staying in relatively the same spot. For those who love to entertain, there’s a special kind of joy that comes along with working in a single wall kitchen and being able to turn around with full plates ready for serving.
Single wall kitchens can be tough for those who have a lot of appliances because they typically lack a lot of counter space. If you’re considering a single wall kitchen for your home, think about how much counter space you need, and where you’re going to want it.
Around the sink is typically where there’s the biggest crunch for counter space which clashes with appliance space in the single wall kitchen concept. If you can find a way to make it work—perhaps by using vertical space to store appliances while they’re not in use—you’ll find that the single wall kitchen is one of the more active kitchen styles out there.
If you’re interested in checking out pictures of single-wall kitchens or learning more about what other people have done in their single wall kitchens or other types of kitchen, check out our photo gallery of kitchen ideas.
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