A U-shaped layout is basically an efficiency kitchen designed for one primary cook.
These kitchens are the equivalent of a fairly wide galley kitchen with one end closed off.
One of the benefits to a U-shaped kitchen is that it keeps people out of the main kitchen cooking area. At the same time, this design keeps the remaining part of the kitchen open to other rooms of the home, which allows traffic to pass freely.
There are some challenges of course.
For instance, U-shaped kitchens are very small. They have a limited cooking area. U-shaped kitchens don’t have room for kitchen tables or chairs. Furthermore, depending on where the sink is located, you may not be able to put a dishwasher next to it.
To solve the seating issue, you can try a pass-through to the dining room on one of the “legs” of the U. One other way is to turn that leg into a peninsula. All you have to do is eliminate the wall and the upper cabinets. The peninsula counter can then be used for dining, writing, or just about anything else. Just keep in mind that doing this will cut down on storage space.
Another trick of the trade is to move the refrigerator out of the main U-shape. This will give you more food and cookware storage near the range and oven.
Now, adding a kitchen island may seem like a smart choice. We have a caveat here. Most older U-shaped kitchens can’t support one.
There’s not enough space.
Industry guidelines recommend that you have at least 3 1/2 feet between the kitchen island and surrounding kitchen cabinets and appliances so that the doors can open properly and people can move around the kitchen area safely and securely.
Hopefully you learned quite a bit about the U-shaped kitchen’s benefits.
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