How to Fall In Love With Your L-shaped Kitchen

How to Fall In Love With Your L-shaped Kitchen

Kitchen Remodeling
Cabinets and Countertops
Decoration and Design
By Contractors.com Team July 23, 2021

In this series, we look into how to optimize the design and space of the most important room in your house - the kitchen. If you’re in the market for a kitchen renovation, you might know that there are typically six kitchen layouts: the L-shaped, U-shaped, straight line, island (or peninsula), and the galley kitchen. L-shaped kitchen layouts are quite a popular choice for homes across the country and many homes, especially apartments, come with one by default. Once you examine the various benefits an L-shaped kitchen has, the reasons for its popularity become clear for all to see. 

There’s a reason that the L-shaped kitchen is a top choice for homes throughout the country. It’s a great choice for anyone that wants a fully functional kitchen that can fit their space constraints. As such, it is a paragon of practicality and a monument to convenience and efficiency. Plus, this is a kitchen layout that gives you exactly what you want without breaking the bank.  

An Elegant Touch

The L-shaped layout is a prime example of the sheer elegance of simplicity, and a great solution for anyone who wants all the luxuries of a full kitchen in an ergonomic and logical setup. While the average size of kitchens has grown in recent years, many of us do not have room for kitchen islands and peninsulas. Countertop space can also come at a real premium, especially when you’re trying to cook every day to feed a growing family. The L-shaped kitchen offers the perfect solution for all these problems, giving you a versatile kitchen layout that can fit in even an apartment-sized kitchen. 

Elegant Kitchen Designs That Are Sleek in Every Home

Elegant Kitchen Designs That Are Sleek in Every Home

Pros and Cons 

Benefits 

  • An L-shaped kitchen layout will do more than just fit in your kitchen; it will also be a lot more practical, giving you enough room for decent-sized cabinets and reasonably wide countertops. It is also the perfect layout if you’re aiming for an open concept living space, as it allows the kitchen to seamlessly transition into an adjacent room or dining area.

  • The L-shaped kitchen also allows for an efficient kitchen work triangle, putting the refrigerator, stove, and sink all within easy reach. That means you have to take fewer steps overall when going back and forth between kitchen tasks, saving time. 

  • This layout also gives you a lot of options when it comes to where to place appliances. Your stove, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, and sink can all be placed based on whatever setup works best for you.

  • In smaller kitchens, the L-shaped kitchen maximizes the space you have to work with, whereas other layouts might make things feel too cramped.

L-Shaped Kitchen Designs Which Open Up Plenty of Space

L-Shaped Kitchen Designs Which Open Up Plenty of Space

Drawbacks

  • Multiple cooks might have trouble working in this layout at the same time. This is especially true in smaller kitchens where space may not support the shuffling about of more than the head cook.

  • If the layout has to be stretched to fit a large, longer space it can reduce efficiency by making the distance between different points of the work triangle too long. If this happens, using this layout can become tiring due to all the walking back and forth. This makes this layout somewhat unwieldy for a standalone kitchen space.
     
  • Corners can get complicated in an L-shaped kitchen. Specifically, using corner space can be difficult because it often isn’t big enough for wall-mounted cabinets and won’t fit most appliances. There are, however, in-cabinet solutions for tough corners you can easily employ.
Ways to Keep an L Shaped Kitchen Organized and Decluttered

Ways to Keep an L Shaped Kitchen Organized and Decluttered

Design Ideas 

The versatility of the L-shaped kitchen design is another reason to love it, as there are simply tons of different ways to tailor this layout to fit your exact requirements. 

Horseshoe Layout

The L-shaped already gives you half a horseshoe, so why not go for the full U? The benefits of this horseshoe design are evident the moment you consider how much more worktop and storage space it gives you. This design maximizes the use of space while making the L-shape layout even more usable (provided you have enough space). So if you’re interested in an L-shaped design for your kitchen renovation, or have an L-shaped kitchen and want to expand, consider doubling the L with a peninsula, or even an island. 

What Makes the Horseshoe Kitchen So Popular

What Makes the Horseshoe Kitchen So Popular

Open Kitchen + Dining Area

The open concept works well with L-shaped kitchen designs. The classic L layout pairs very nicely with a medium-sized dining table, allowing for a seamless flow from stovetop to tabletop. Dining areas aren’t the only option when it comes to open concepts though, and an L-shaped kitchen can also be integrated into a combined open concept which includes a living room, dining room, and tv room all in one space. At the end of the day, space is the only limit to how ambitious your open concept gets.  

Kitchen and Dining Area Combo Designs

Kitchen and Dining Area Combo Designs

The Classic 

If you don’t have much room to work with, or just want something simple, you can’t go wrong choosing the classic layout. You’ll still get plenty to work with, including a design that maximizes the opportunities for storage space, all while giving you a clean and logical layout. 

Classic and Rustic Kitchen Interiors That Are Both Charming and Functional

Classic and Rustic Kitchen Interiors That Are Both Charming and Functional

How to Overcome The Drawbacks of an L-Shaped Kitchen

All designs have some drawbacks, but there are always ways to get around them and L-shaped kitchens are no different. 

Don’t Spread Everything Too Apart

This is key to avoiding some of the disadvantages that the L-shaped layout can have. In general, the bigger an L-shaped kitchen becomes, the less efficient it becomes. This doesn’t mean that a large kitchen is impossible with an L-shaped design, but it does mean that it shouldn’t be too big, especially if you want it to be part of an open concept. In general, if you have to walk more than 10 steps to reach from one end of the kitchen to another, your space is probably too big for an L-shaped kitchen design to be practical. 

Making the Most of Compact L-Shaped Kitchens

Making the Most of Compact L-Shaped Kitchens

Don’t Make Things Too Cramped, Either

At the same time, you want to avoid making things too small. An L-shaped kitchen works well in small spaces, but you’ll quickly start to have problems if the space is too small. This is especially important to bear in mind if you want the kitchen to be usable by more than one person at one time.  

Tackling the Corners 

The best way to make use of corner space is to know what it can be used for. Corner space in an L-shaped kitchen typically isn’t enough to support cabinets or appliances bigger than a microwave. However, it can be a good place to use for decor or a turntable spice rack. A corner is a good place to put power outlets as it is out of the way and won’t disrupt whatever aesthetic you’re going for. It also allows for much deeper cabinets below your countertop, maximizing storage space.

Bonus Ideas On a Budget 

There are also plenty of ways to make an L-shaped kitchen feel cozy, warm, inviting, and practical without spending a fortune. 

Use Color To Open UP The Space

You might have a small L-shaped kitchen, but there are plenty of ways to make it feel more spacious using aesthetics. A neutral color palette, with whites for walls and appliances, bluish greys for cabinets, and wood or granite countertops all help make space feel airier. Flooring can also be used to make space feel bigger, especially if you put in a multi-faceted flooring material such as parquet or ceramic tile. Keeping the space minimalist with clean lines and low clutter will also help a lot. 

Kitchen Interior Colors That Open Up the Space

Kitchen Interior Colors That Open Up the Space

Maximize Storage 

You may not have space for corner cabinets, but getting cabinets that stretch to the ceiling is the next best thing. To add to the minimalist aesthetic, consider installing some simple floating shelves so you have a place to put pretty little things, like handmade coffee cups or crystal glassware. 

Storage Tips and Hacks for Smaller Kitchens

Storage Tips and Hacks for Smaller Kitchens

Make Use of a Window

If you have a window in your kitchen, be sure that you don’t block it with cabinets or other fixtures. Letting more light flow into the room will help enhance the feeling of spaciousness you're aiming for. LED light accenting can also help to achieve this.

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