Basically, there are 5 different kinds of kitchen layouts. Some are better suited to your needs and space than others. Here is a breakdown:
Single-Line: Good for small to medium-sized, narrow kitchens. Note all the appliances on one wall.
Bonus Tips: The island should be no closer than 48” from the cabinets; if you don’t have room for an island, opt for a rolling cart.
Bonus Tip: For the comfort of multiple cooks, do not position work surfaces directly across from each other.
Bonus Tip: Allow at least 48” between facing cabinetry.
CABINETS & DRAWERS
- If you have a small kitchen, opt for narrow, high cabinets with full-extension drawers.
- Treat yourself to high-quality, soft-closing hinges.
- Bonus Tip: A 2” filler/spacer between the wall and cabinet will enable full operation of drawers and doors.
- Store what you can in drawers versus overhead cabinets
- Treat yourself to drawers with integrated hardware that close slowly and quietly.
- Bonus Tip: Don’t position drawers in a corner.
- Make use of drawer and cabinet organizers.
- Bonus Tip: If you are short on space for drawers and cabinets, use a vertical wall system like IKEA’s Asker Wall Rail System.