Kitchen Floor Plans
Kitchen floor plans include: Straight – With all the work area on one wall, this is an inefficient layout; Galley – This layout is efficient when there are just one or two cooks in the kitchen; L-Shape – This common layout makes good use of limited space; U-Shape – This ideal design provides an efficient work pattern with ample room for cabinets and countertops.
Countertop Landing Space
How much countertop landing space should you include for safety? A good rule for the counter space is 12 to 15 inches of landing area around the range, refrigerator and microwave, with 24 to 36 inches on either side of the sink. An island in the center of the kitchen can offer uninterrupted space that all work areas can share.
Walkway Traffic and Work Aisles
If there's more than one cook, or if your family gathers in the kitchen, you'll want to keep safe distances for free flowing traffic. A walkway should be a minimum of 36 inches. Keep all work aisles to a minimum of 42 inches for one cook and 48 inches for two cooks.