The U-shaped kitchen is probably the most practical of kitchen layouts and can provide an additional run of potential storage or appliance space compared with a galley or L-shaped kitchen. U-shaped kitchens can work fine not only in large spaces, but can also fit perfectly well in small kitchens. Here’s a guide for dummies!
First, let’s know what a U-shaped kitchen is?
A u-shaped kitchen is a kitchen design that features three walls that are lined with cabinets and appliances. It is an efficient design that frees up floor space. Take a look at these images to identify with the design.
A u-shaped kitchen maximizes the wall space by using them for cabinets and appliances. Its u-shaped design makes it easy for chefs and homeowners to access various areas of the kitchen without needing to walk across the room. If the layout of the house does not allow three walls to be used for a u-shaped kitchen, an island can be installed to serve the same purpose.
U-shaped kitchens can be incorporated into many kitchen styles and the size of the kitchen is not really that important. When homeowners are designing their u-shaped kitchens, they should try to place their most used appliances or work areas into a single triangle of space. This will allow them to work more efficiently each time they are in their new kitchen.
Let’s take a look at the pros & cons of the design
Generally, U-shaped kitchens provide lots of storage and work surface. They’re also very safe since they have only one entrance and no through traffic. This last point, however, also means that within small U-shaped layouts, there will be space for only one cook at a time.
It’s also worth noting that U-shaped layouts may come a little more expensive than others, such as galley or L-shaped designs, because they require more cabinetry and countertop material for the additional run of cabinets.
Here’s how you plan the layout
The cabinetry lengths on a U-shaped kitchen can be roughly the same or vary; in both cases, there’s opportunity for flexibility with the design. Where all walls are the same length, your starting point for planning usually depends on where the windows are located.
If one of the walls has a window, this usually should be where you place your kitchen sink. Not only will a window offer natural light for washing up, but you also get an opportunity to gaze out while doing dishes…depending on how your view is!
Know where to position the sink and cooktop
If the sink sits in the middle of a U-shaped layout, then your stove can be located on either of the other sides. However, if these two runs vary in length, the longer wall would usually house them both to allow more space on either side of it.
Meanwhile, if the sink is on a side other than the middle one, try to ensure a continuous flow of countertop and around the U. So if you were including tall cabinets, this would mean locating them together at the farthest end of the cabinetry. This deliberate spacing ensures that the counter isn’t interrupted and the kitchen’s functionality is unhampered.
Check out how you can maximize the shape’s efficiency
Whatever the size, a well-planned U-shaped kitchen design will ensure that only a limited number of steps are needed between cabinets and appliances. This makes the kitchen a much safer place during cooking, especially when other people are present.
In addition, having generous counter space and storage means everything’s within reach and easily tidied after use to maintain a clean and uncluttered look.
Incorporating corner storage is a must!
One of the great advantages of a U-shaped kitchen is that having three runs of cabinetry provides ample opportunity for storage. Having said that, the two corners in a typical U-shaped kitchen take up significant floor space. So to achieve an ergonomically sound design, it’s important to select a specialist kitchen corner solution that make use of the otherwise dead space within corner cabinets.
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