If you're remodelling a small kitchen, you need to carefully consider its arrangement to make the most of available space. Here are two possible layouts for the cabinets, benches and appliances.
1. Galley Kitchens
Galley kitchens are longer than they are wide, with two facing walls of cabinetry; sometimes, they have an entry at both ends, allowing through traffic. An advantage of this setup is that everything is nearby, so you don't have to walk too far to cook and prepare food. It makes for a compact work triangle between the stovetop, sink and fridge. Try to keep these three items the same distance apart, creating a regular triangle. Commonly, two are on one side, the sink and fridge, for instance. The third workstation, the cooktop, is on the other side, centred between them.
A weakness of galley kitchens is that they can lead to congestion, especially if several people are cooking at once and others are walking through. But, on the other hand, they can create a productive cooking area, with all items closeby and handy.
2. One-Wall Kitchens
One-wall kitchens can suit units, small houses or open floor plan areas, such as lofts, where you don't want to section off the space. Because it doesn't divide the room, this design induces an open, airy and expansive feeling. Though you can't create a triangle as all the work stations are on one wall, these kitchens still can work efficiently because everything is typically close in any case.
One possible issue with this design is minimal storage and benchtop area, but this depends on the overall length of the wall. To increase storage, install smart solutions that make the most of corners and other regions, and don't install cupboards with too little depth.
Alternatively, you could position a fixed or movable kitchen island in front of the bench area. This will allow you to create a work triangle by placing the sink on the island. However, if all work stations are on one wall, position the sink between the fridge and cooktop so that it's easier to clean up. This arrangement also distances the hot oven and the cold fridge, which always need a gap.
In a one-wall layout, you may want to create a space that allows for socialising and dining also when undergoing kitchen renovations. Why not then place seating around an island or else arrange a dining table and chairs in front of the wall? Both will create an attractive focal point and a place for your friends and family to gather and socialise.
To learn more, contact a company that offers kitchen renovations.