101 U-Shape Kitchen Layout Ideas (Photos)

The U-shape kitchen is very popular. It's a highly functional layout. Usually, it includes an island, but not always. Check out these carefully selected kitchen designs that have a U-shape layout.
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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.

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U-shaped dine-in-kitchen with black appliances, central island breakfast bar and hardwood flooring.

U-shaped dine-in-kitchen with black appliances, central island breakfast bar and hardwood flooring.

Large U-shaped kitchen with tall ceiling, chandelier, picture windows and hardwood flooring.

Large U-shaped kitchen with tall ceiling, chandelier, picture windows and hardwood flooring.

Brown U-shaped kitchen with pendant lights, black appliances, central island and tile flooring.

Brown U-shaped kitchen with pendant lights, black appliances, central island and tile flooring.

A classy U-shaped kitchen with stylish walnut finished cabinetry and counters along with a 5-seat breakfast bar.

A classy U-shaped kitchen with stylish walnut finished cabinetry and counters along with a 5-seat breakfast bar.

Traditional kitchen with white cabinets, yellow walls, large center island and tile flooring.

Traditional kitchen with white cabinets, yellow walls, large center island and tile flooring.

White luxury kitchen with matching island. Notable island feature is the rounded ends and that it’s small yet fits well within the kitchen. An island need not be huge… small islands can be a useful addition to many kitchens.

White luxury kitchen with matching island. Notable island feature is the rounded ends and that it’s small yet fits well within the kitchen. An island need not be huge… small islands can be a useful addition to many kitchens.

White kitchen with large square white island and dark stools. The notable feature of this island is the square shape. The dark stools work well with the white kitchen design.

White kitchen with large square white island and dark stools. The notable feature of this island is the square shape. The dark stools work well with the white kitchen design.

Traditional kitchen featuring an island that also serves as a breakfast bar.

Traditional kitchen featuring an island that also serves as a breakfast bar.

U-shaped kitchen with hardwood flooring and white cabinetry.

U-shaped kitchen with hardwood flooring and white cabinetry.

Rustic kitchen with a hardwood flooring matching the cabinetry and counters with black countertops. The breakfast bar features a marble countertop.

Rustic kitchen with a hardwood flooring matching the cabinetry and counters with black countertops. The breakfast bar features a marble countertop.

A narrow U-shaped kitchen with smooth white countertops and walnut finished cabinetry and counters.

A narrow U-shaped kitchen with smooth white countertops and walnut finished cabinetry and counters.

Large U-shaped kitchen with dark brown finished cabinetry, counters and center island with marble countertops.

Large U-shaped kitchen with dark brown finished cabinetry, counters and center island with marble countertops.

U-shaped kitchen with white cabinetry, walls, counters and center island along with smooth white countertops and walnut finished hardwood flooring.

U-shaped kitchen with white cabinetry, walls, counters and center island along with smooth white countertops and walnut finished hardwood flooring.

Pure white U-shaped kitchen lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

Pure white U-shaped kitchen lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

U-shaped kitchen with white cabinetry and smooth white countertops. The vaulted ceiling and hardwood flooring add style to the kitchen.

U-shaped kitchen with white cabinetry and smooth white countertops. The vaulted ceiling and hardwood flooring add style to the kitchen.

Stylish kitchen with espresso finished counters equipped with marble countertops.

Stylish kitchen with espresso finished counters equipped with marble countertops.

This kitchen features white cabinetry, walls and smooth white countertops.

This kitchen features white cabinetry, walls and smooth white countertops.

This U-shaped kitchen features a matching hardwood flooring and backsplash. The white cabinetry looks perfect with the kitchen's style.

This U-shaped kitchen features a matching hardwood flooring and backsplash. The white cabinetry looks perfect with the kitchen’s style.

Large U-shaped kitchen boasting a large countertop set on the hardwood flooring. The counters are equipped with marble countertops. The area is lighted by the pendant and recessed lights.

Large U-shaped kitchen boasting a large countertop set on the hardwood flooring. The counters are equipped with marble countertops. The area is lighted by the pendant and recessed lights.

Large U-shaped kitchen with stylish brown finished cabinetry, counters and center island. The counters are equipped with smooth white countertops while the center island boasts a marble countertop.

Large U-shaped kitchen with stylish brown finished cabinetry, counters and center island. The counters are equipped with smooth white countertops while the center island boasts a marble countertop.

Large kitchen with white cabinetry, counters and center island boasting white marble countertops. The hardwood flooring looks decent with the home's style.

Large kitchen with white cabinetry, counters and center island boasting white marble countertops. The hardwood flooring looks decent with the home’s style.

This kitchen features walnut finished cabinetry, counters and center island with a hardwood flooring. The pendant lights look classy as well.

This kitchen features walnut finished cabinetry, counters and center island with a hardwood flooring. The pendant lights look classy as well.

Large and stylish U-shaped kitchen featuring a hardwood flooring and white cabinetry and counters lighted by recessed and pendant lights.

Large and stylish U-shaped kitchen featuring a hardwood flooring and white cabinetry and counters lighted by recessed and pendant lights.

Large U-shaped kitchen featuring hardwood flooring, recessed and pendant lights.

Large U-shaped kitchen featuring hardwood flooring, recessed and pendant lights.

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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.

 









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