Consider these kitchen layouts when doing double duty

When planning a kitchen intended to serve more than one purpose, layout is the make or break ingredient. An effective layout makes all the difference to a multipurpose space. It should be practical, compact and look great. Good flow and effective ergonomics not only help your kitchen perform double-duty, but makes the space a delight to use.

To get started on creating a multipurpose kitchen, you need to consider two options. Both these choices focus on establishing an intuitive flow through the space and shape a comfortable cooking experience. Counters are positioned optimally, appliances are stored in areas that make sense, and seating zones are placed so movement doesn’t become and issue.

Your kitchen layout will largely be restricted by the size and shape of your kitchen – but your design will not. Check out the two most popular multipurpose kitchen design layouts to decide which one works for you. Although an abundance of space is a real asset – even small kitchens can become highly multipurpose spaces when starting with the right foundation.

The L-Shape Kitchen Layout

Best for:
1. Open plan kitchens
2. Smaller kitchens
3. Entertainment

Have an open plan kitchen/living room area? Say hello to the l-shaped kitchen layout. It’s an ideal configuration for open plan home, and has been in use in lofts for ages. The defining characteristics of an l-shaped kitchen layout is it has two walls of kitchen cabinets and appliances, leaving the rest of the floor open to the united dining and living space.

A simple L-Shaped kitchen, like this elegant design, is one of the most functional and reliable of all kitchen layouts. © kmldesign

When your kitchen needs to double-up as an entertainments space (as open plan homes usually do), the l-shape is a good option. The openness created by installing appliances and cabinets on two walls creates a generous and convivial space for cooking traffic. That means your guests or family will have plenty of space to chill and comment on how much salt you’re adding to your casserole. The bar created by the L is also an excellent space to for kids to do their homework, and double as an extended work area.

The modern L-shaped kitchen layout configuration proves to be apt for smaller apartments and lofts. (c)

The Kitchen Island Layout

Best for:
1. Seperated living areas
2. Larger kitchens
3. More storage space

Considering their popularity in today’s homes, it comes as no surprise that kitchen islands are a “must have” kitchen feature for so many homeowners. Kitchen islands, if you have the space for them, add oodles of multipurpose functionality by providing additional dining space, more storage and an entirely new area with which to prepare food. They also add to a kitchen’s form, giving a space a central focal point and adding character to your design.

A white and wooden mixed kitchen island in this loft-style penthouse situated in Chiswick Green
Studios guarantees spectacular views during mealtimes. ©

Kitchen islands are the Swiss Army Knives of modern kitchens – they can handle storage, cooking and dining needs all in one convenient location. And if you are limited with space, and searching for a dining alternative to a traditional table and chairs, then look no further than the humble kitchen island.

To accommodate a dining space in your kitchen island, simply include a lower portion that is at the height of a typical dining table (about 90 cm high).(c)

When planning your kitchen layout, it’s always a good idea to think of it as a multifunctional space. To ensure your kitchen caters to all of your requirements, look at your lifestyle, space and budget to find the best fit.