• Meghan Turner-Patel

6 Popular Kitchen Layouts for Your Kitchen Remodel

As a kitchen remodeling contractor, South Land Remodeling is well-versed in the most beloved kitchen layout ideas available.

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A Kitchen Remodel by South Land Remodeling

The kitchen is known as the heart of the home—and for good reason. It’s the spot where your family bonds over the day’s events, shares laughs with friends and so much more. Because the kitchen is such a beloved spot in the home, it’s important to have a kitchen layout that best suits your family and entertaining needs. To accomplish that, you must evaluate the various kitchen layout options before a kitchen remodel. Here, South Land Remodeling kitchen contractors explore the most popular kitchen layout ideas to help you determine which is ideal for your home and lifestyle.


Island Kitchen Layout

Approximately two-thirds of remodeled kitchens include an island, according to home improvement and decorating resource Houzz. Island kitchen layouts continue to be popular because they increase counter space, adding additional work zones for cooking dinner and congregating. When adding an island to your kitchen design, consider incorporating the latest trends:

  • Include an appliance such as a microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, cooktop or kitchen sink in or on the island

  • Build in extra storage space, such as cabinetry on both or cubby storage into the kitchen island

  • Play with island shapes including rectangle, square, L-shaped or U-shaped

Kitchen Design Layout

When remodeling the central room in the home, it’s crucial you consider the overall kitchen design layout in addition to room fixtures, furnishings and decor. The six most well-known kitchen design layouts include:

  1. Single-Wall Kitchen

  2. Galley Kitchen

  3. L-Shaped Kitchen

  4. Horseshoe/U-Shaped Kitchen

  5. G-Shaped/Peninsula Kitchen

  6. Island Kitchen

U-Shaped Kitchen Layout

A U-shaped kitchen layout is a great option for both large and small kitchens. Shaped like a horseshoe or a U, this layout features three adjoining walls of cabinets and/or appliances. To create a similar shape with an updated appearance and allow for better traffic flow, many homeowners are using a kitchen island as a pseudo third wall.


A variation of this shape kitchen layout is a G-shaped option, also known as a peninsula kitchen. It’s a U-shaped kitchen with the addition of a peninsula to add an extra work and seating area. Or, it’s made with the addition of a partial fourth wall made of only lower or upper cabinets.


L-Shaped Kitchen Layout

An L-shaped kitchen layout is the most popular design, as it can fit large and small spaces. The option features two adjoining walls that run perpendicular to one another, eliminating traffic in the kitchen and maximizing corner space.


The L-shaped kitchen layout is perfect for homeowners looking to create an open concept floor plan, as contractors can leave the room open to other entertainment spaces, such as the living room or dining room.


One variation of this style is the single-wall kitchen—a great option for small homes and condominiums. In this concept, all kitchen cabinets and appliances are placed along one wall.


Galley Kitchen Layout

Galley kitchen layouts, also known as walk-through designs, are best for single-cook kitchens and narrow spaces. This style is characterized by two opposite, parallel walls that leave a single- to two-person walkway down the middle. More recently, kitchen islands have been used to replace one of the walls to open up the space and give it a larger appearance.



Are you looking to do a kitchen remodel in the Los Angeles or San Fernando Valley area? South Land Remodeling can design and build it for you. Contact us today for a free quote!




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