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Renovation: The best kitchen layouts and designs according to space

kitchen design layout island counter

The Ergos Kitchen by Mu Dian has a spacious island kitchen configuration with an efficient flow between work zones.

 

Our high-rise HDB flats and condo units are being downsized, which means that having compact but efficient layouts now are more essential than ever. If like most Singaporeans, you love cooking, entertaining and food, the kitchen is a big part of your home. While professional-grade equipment and beautiful finishes score you points, the basic requirement of any good kitchen is a seamless workflow when it comes to food preparation and cooking.

 

THE KITCHEN WORK TRIANGLE

The three main work zones of Storage (refrigerator and pantry), Preparation (sink and worktop) and Cooking (hob and oven) should form a triangle. However, the various zones should not be positioned too far away from each other — you’ll have to take too many steps while preparing a meal. Here are some configuration options.
 

Gallery kitchen: Best for narrow or rectangular spaces

This facilitates minimal movement within the work zones, as everything is kept within the two opposite sides.

kitchen design layout space planning gallery


Examples:

kitchen design layout gallery

kitchen design layout gallery

 

 

L-shaped kitchen: Best for corners in small-to-medium sized spaces

This allows for traffic flow through the kitchen, without disruption to the work zones.

kitchen design layout space planning L-shape

 

Examples:

kitchen design layout L-shape

kitchen design layout L-shape


 

U-shaped kitchen: Best for large spaces

This gives plenty of countertop space, and if you have a wide "U" layout, you can even integrate a central kitchen island.

kitchen design layout space planning U-shape

 

Examples:

kitchen design layout U-shape

kitchen design layout U-shape


 

Island kitchen: Best for entertaining and open spaces

This gives you more flexibility, as the island unit can not only be used as a Preparation or Cooking zone, but also to serve food. It can also work as a design feature to become the showpiece of the home.

kitchen design layout space planning island


Examples:

kitchen design layout space planning island

kitchen design layout space planning island

 

 

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