When it comes to kitchen planning, how you use your space is definitely a personal decision to make. You want to make sure that it works for you and caters to your needs and requirements first and foremost. Sometimes you can feel a little spoilt for choice when it comes to the hundreds of kitchen types available out there.

At the end of the day, practicality is key and this is why we have put together our kitchen planning ideas to help you not only accommodate your lifestyle but also enhance it.


What Are The Six Kitchen Layout Types?

The vast majority of kitchen designs will come down to one of the main six kitchen layout types.

These are:

  • Galley
  • L-shaped
  • U-shaped
  • Island
  • Peninsula
  • One-wall

Dealing With Kitchen Traffic

As the heart of the home, the kitchen is often a hub of activity. Form the typical culinary pastimes like cooking and eating, the kitchen can also be a space for other activities like homework or late-night board games.

The kitchen can also become a catch-all for post, backpacks, coats and other miscellaneous items.

Designating a specific space in your kitchen for such items can be a great way to control the chaos. Perhaps even, if space allows, opt for a boot room where all these items can go without disrupting the flow of your kitchen.


Think About Your Habits

Layout is a crucial step in planning your new kitchen design. Consider what you and your family prioritise, your day-to-day routine, and what would cater to you.

If you are a passionate cook, opt for clever storage for your favourite pans within easy reach of the hob. If you're a coffee enthusiast, explore the possibility of a breakfast pantry to house your coffee machine and flavoured coffee beans. The possibilities are vast!

Perhaps your kitchen needs to be a place your children can do housework, or space for you to also use as a home office.

You need to consider all of these things before you make any firm decisions.

Don't Forget Practicality

Practicality is key in kitchen design. Think about which parts will be used most from a cooking perspective and how you will move between each.

Let the kitchen triangle come into play as a guide and make sure that your fridge freezer, sink and cooker are all in the right place. Then, you can build around them from there.

Design Your Kitchen

You can explore our kitchen collections to discover more kitchen inspiration; from contemporary Porter to country classic Crathorne. Should you need more kitchen design ideas, or perhaps an initial quote, you can contact your local retailer.