Kitchens that Work with Limited Space
Three layouts work well in limited spaces: the Pullman, the galley, and the horseshoe shape kitchen. For the most part, the Pullman kitchen, also known as a single wall kitchen, is used only in a loft or very small space. It is just as described. All the workspace, cabinets, and appliances are on one wall. The modern adaptation of the one wall kitchen adds an island and we’ll cover that in a moment.
The galley kitchen and horseshoe shaped kitchen are very similar in that they both have two facing walls of cabinets, appliances, and workspace. The difference is that a galley kitchen can be entered from either side and walked through while a horseshoe can only be entered from one side. Although both are smaller and enclosed, they can have lots of workspace. The downside of a galley kitchen is that generally only one person can work at a time in the space. It’s simply too narrow for two people to work. A horseshoe kitchen can be considerably wider and often has either a sink or workspace at end of the U.
L-Shaped and Peninsula Kitchens
One of the common kitchen designs you’ll find in many homes is the L-Shaped kitchen. This layout makes excellent use of a corner in a home. L-shaped kitchens range greatly in size. Depending on your available space, you can have as much or as little counter space as you require, provided you have the square footage. Similar to an L-shaped kitchen is the peninsula kitchen. The difference is that the L becomes a three-sided space by adding an arm to the L. This adds more countertop area as rarely do the peninsulas have any appliances or sink included. Most peninsulas include space for stools, creating an eating area on the opposite side.
When you need multiple workspaces, having an island is an ideal solution. Most kitchens today have an island when the space allows for it. Islands can include an eating space, a cooktop, or just workspace. One of the benefits of an island is the flexible nature. An island can include an eating area that is level or elevated to bar height. Some islands include a cooktop and prep sink. Keep in mind that adding an island to a kitchen takes up a fair amount of space so make sure that you have the square footage available in your kitchen remodel. You want to be able to walk comfortably around the island without issue.
As noted above, the adaptation of the Pullman kitchen often includes a stand-alone island with eating space. The benefit of adding an island to a home with a one-wall kitchen is that it frees up what may have previously been an eating area for living space. The other benefit is the added countertop space for prepping or serving food.
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Your kitchen design primarily is limited by your space and budget. Ovation Design-Build, your local kitchen remodeling company, can help you through the process of choosing the right layout and designing the space. Our professional design team knows how to make the most use from available space or guide you to a room expansion or addition. Call us today to get started on your kitchen remodeling project. We can be reached at (503) 635-3456.