Know your U shaped kitches from your G shaped kitchens? When is a galley kitchen the right choice - and what are the benefits to kitchen islands? Find out more about the pros and cons of different kitchen layouts, and which are likely to be best suited to the space you have available in your home.
L shaped kitchens are a fantastic use of available space, can be as large or small as you choose and don't 'block off' any particular area. Learn more about this popular type of kitchen design.
Also known as a C shaped kitchen or J shaped kitchen, these layouts help to define a nice kitchen area that can accommodate an island if necessary, and which perfectly fits the 'kitchen work triangle'.
G shaped kitchens are similar to U shaped kitchens, but extend the benchtop part of the way around the fourth side of the kitchen as a kind of substitute for a kitchen island, creating loads of space in which to work.
Also called 'straight kitchens' or 'single line' kitchens, these types of kitchens take up as little room as possible. Straight kitchens are best suited to small areas, for people who aren't likely to do lots of cooking.
Galley kitchens incorporate two parallel workbenches, and are the type you'd most likely find in a restaurant kitchen. These types of kitchens make good use of space, and are well suited to smaller homes.
If space permits you can insert an island benchtop to create a separate work surface in the middle of the kitchen. Kitchen islands are great for larger areas, and can incorporate sinks, fittings and kitchen appliances.
A butler's pantry is a small room separate from the main kitchen, typically used as a staging area in which to prepare meals, or to store cutlery, crockery and table linen. Butler's pantries best suited to bigger homes.