With the increase in open-room and studio-style living and the decline of the formal dining room, open floor plans and L-shaped kitchens have become very popular. An L-shape kitchen provides a continuous working platform, making it a convenient workspace. This type of kitchen has a corner space that can be effectively utilised by installing different types of high-end fittings available with us. You could also use the corner space to place LPG cylinders. To improvise, you could add an extension on either side of the platform to be used as a breakfast counter, for a simple quick meal.
A kitchen island layout includes a countertop unattached to the main kitchen area, with access from all sides. A kitchen island is an interesting concept that adds workspace in the kitchen and can also be used as a dining area. The island is basically used as additional space for food preparation and cooking support, but is finding increasing use as a table for quick meals, especially with small and working families. More innovative designs could include a sink or waste disposal unit for cutting vegetables and fruits, with drawers to keep utensils, cutlery or cutting implements. The countertop is usually waist high or higher and can be fitted with overhead lights. Free access to the island from all sides makes moving around in the kitchen easy, and at the same time allows interaction with family or guests.
An L-shaped kitchen layout with an island workspace provides for maximum flexibility in cooking, entertaining and hanging out. A kitchen island is a countertop unattached to the main kitchen area, with access from all sides. The L-shaped kitchen shown here has three distinct zones, with enough space between them for free movement. The island, with its under-counter storage, provides additional space in the kitchen that can also be used as a breakfast counter. The additional island space can be designed in different ways to suit personal preferences. For example, some people would prefer to have the cooking range or the stove on the island, so that they can face the rest of the house while cooking. While some would prefer using it as a dining space that is close to the cooking area, yet exclusive.
A peninsula kitchen layout is like a parallel kitchen without one wall; the free standing workspace or the peninsula extends from a side wall or cabinet with access from three sides. Unlike a kitchen island, a kitchen peninsula is connected to the main kitchen on one side. The peninsula could be an extra workstation with cabinets or a table top for quick meals. It can also be used as an area to wash with a sink, or as a cooking area with a stovetop. Ideal for homes with small kitchen space; a peninsula can have all the resourcefulness of an island worktop, but with less floor space.
The parallel kitchen is perhaps the most efficient of all kitchens when it comes to primary use of the kitchen: cooking. This kitchen layout has two long parallel working areas that can be divided in wet and dry areas. The main platform can be used for washing and cooking, whereas the opposite platform can be utilised as an additional workspace, or for keeping appliances. Alternatively, you could also turn one of the walls with cabinets and appliances into an island for a more entertaining and friendly version of a parallel kitchen
A U-shaped kitchen layout resembles a parallel kitchen but with one end closed off and the other open. This kitchen format allows plenty of space for storage, cooking, prepping, and maybe even a small eating area at one end. A U-shape kitchen can accommodate most of the required kitchen appliances and also give you ample space for wall cabinets. .
A straight kitchen is a one-wall kitchen layout with counter space on both sides of the cooking range. Ideal for small kitchen areas, this design can include cabinet storage and convenient placement of appliances and cooking implements, for easy reach. It can even be hidden behind sliding or rolling doors to minimise visual clutter in a small, open space such as a studio apartment.