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Kitchen Design Planning Your Dream Kitchen

5 Standard Kitchen Layouts

The first step to designing an effecient kitchen is to determine the best possible layout of your kitchen. There are 5 basic kitchen shapes: Straight, Galley, L-shape, U-shape and G-shape.

The Traditional Work Triangle

The work triangle is the standard configuration used by professionals for designing effecient kitchens. The three most important points are the areas between the refrigerator and sink.
below are the 5 standard layouts.

An image showing a Straight Configuration of a kitchen plan.
The STRAIGHT configuration is good for smaller homes and apartments. It offers the least effecient kitchen plan but maximizes space.
An image showing a Galley Configuration of a kitchen plan.
The GALLEY is effecient for up to 2 cooks in the kitchen. However, the shape allows little extra room for crossing household traffic
An image showing an L-shape Configuration of a kitchen plan.
The L-shape kitchen is the most common kitchen layout in Canadian households. It provides a good amount of continuous counter space, and the magic work triangle is executed perfectly. This design can also allow for the inclusion of a dining area or island.
An image showing a G-shape Configuration of a kitchen plan.
The G-shape kitchen is a step up from the U-shape kitchen. This design adds extra cabinet and counter space. In order to avoid feeling too closed in, this layout works best when two of the walls are open to adjacent spaces.
An image showing an U-shape Configuration of a kitchen plan.
The U-shape kitchen is ideal for the solo cook. The continuous countertop and cabinets surround the cook on three sides, putting everything within reach.

 Getting Started

Measure Your Space

Accurate measurements are essential to planning your new kitchen. With these measurements (print from PDF file) All In One Kitchen Renovations' designer will be able to help you create your dream kitchen.

Floor Plan

Using the measurement procedure illustrated, carefully prepare a simple plan of your existing kitchen. Your completed floor plan should resemble the diagram shown. Make sure you show the exact locations of doors, windows, range hood vents, gas lines, water lines, drains, switches, outlets, light fixtures and vents. Double-check all measurements.

Measuring Procedure

Illustration guide for measuring kitchen.

Using a tape measure and graph paper, measure as outlined.

Horizontal Measurement

  • Measure from wall to wall at 36" height
  • Measure from corner to window or door opening
  • Measure across opening from trim edge to trim edge
  • Measure from edge of trim to far wall. Compare sum of #2, #3, and #4 measurements to step #1
  • Mark exact locations of water line, drain, gas line and electrical outlets/switches on drawing
  • Measure from wall to wall above window and compare to #1
  • Vertical Measurement

  • Measure from floor to window sill
  • Measure from window sill to top of window
  • Measure from top of window to ceiling
  • Measure from floor to ceiling - Compare to sum of #7, #8, and #9
  • Appliance and Fixture Information

    Show desired locations of appliances on drawing. It is very important to indicate natural gas locations, 220 volt outlets, and wall mounted telephone locations (T) and cable TV outlet location (CTV)

    Illustration to show desired locations of applainces on drawing.