What is an L-Shaped Kitchen Layout, And Why Should You Get One?

Your kitchen is not only for cooking, but it is also an integral part of living space at the heart of every home – which is why you should strive for the best possible layout and functionality to enhance family living.

We believe that every functional design is based on the location of the sink, the hob and the fridge because it is the area that has the highest activity and requires careful planning with unobstructed access.

The layout of your kitchen should be maximized and built in a way that makes working and cooking there as convenient for you as possible.

If you are remodeling your kitchen and are considering an L-shaped layout, then this article will help give you all the clarity you need to find out if this design fits your dream kitchen layout.


What is an L-Shaped Kitchen Layout?

As you’ve probably deduced from the name, an L-Shaped kitchen refers to a kitchen that is shaped like the letter L.

For this design to work properly you will need at least one wall which will end up making one of the sides of the L.

This design was developed long ago and has stood the test of time with it still being a popular choice for the modern home kitchen.

Advantages Over Other Kitchen Layout

With the L-Shaped kitchen being such a popular choice for many households, we wanted to summarise some of the biggest reasons we see our clients go for this kitchen layout, and explore what the advantages of this layout are.

  • The L shaped kitchen design is so efficient as it provides easy access to areas for food preparation, cleaning and cooking. With this style, kitchen traffic is eliminated!
  • The L-shape is most commonly used in smaller kitchens that cannot incorporate an island or G-shape layout.
  • This design fits perfectly into a 10x10ft kitchen, which is still considered the benchmark for estimating the costs of cabinets and countertops.
  • It gives you more storage space while saving you extra space from your kitchen wall.
  • You can have a lot more cabinet and countertop spaces than the one wall or the Y-shaped kitchen layout.
  • The L-shaped kitchen is far from a dated style, and is very easy to match almost any décor. In a nutshell, it provides a lot of flexible design options.
    You can easily add a dining space, an island and other multiple work zones.
  • Cooks and chefs love this basic layout as it reduces the walking time between kitchen stations making their job much easier.


Disadvantages of the L Shaped Layout 

Whilst the L-Shaped kitchen has its many benefits, it is of course not without its downsides.

The L-Shaped kitchen is perfect for many situations, but for other situations it may simply not be the beset fit for various reasons.

Some of these reasons are:

  • Corner Base Storage Can Be Difficult to Operate

    As mentioned before, an L-shaped kitchen is characterized by two walls that intersect in a corner.
    For this reason, it can be challenging for you to operate the cabinet or the storage that was built in that location.
    The solution for this is to install cabinets or a carousel with easy access to what you need.

  • More Workspace To Clean

    Although this layout gives you more countertop space, it also means that there is more room that needs to be managed and cleaned up which can become a chore for busy families and households.

  • Not Suited for Multiple Cooks

    Due to its limited space, it becomes difficult to work alongside many people at the same time in this small area.

  • Not Recommended For Big Kitchens

    If you have a spacious kitchen, the kitchen triangle is spread out; thus, it may be exhausting for you to work across such a large space.

  • More Expensive Than a Galley Kitchen

    The L-shaped kitchen is more expensive than a gallery kitchen due to the complexity of the cabinet and countertop design and the possibility of installing an island for more storage and efficient working area.

Layouts Using L-Shaped Design

With so many houses, apartments, shapes, and sizes, we wanted to highlight some of the common places we’ve seen an L-Shaped kitchen successfully be used.

  • The Classic L-Shaped Kitchen

    Such an arrangement is typical for tiny spaces surrounded by four walls, where two of the walls is occupied either by a seating area, passage door, entry door or windows.

  • The Apartment-Sized Kitchen

    The one-wall kitchen design or the galley tends to be the most common layout for small spaces such as condos and apartments where the kitchen have doors at both ends, and the kitchen is located along one wall.

    However, it is still possible to fit the L-shaped kitchen into these tiny spaces.

  • Open Kitchen

    The L-shaped kitchen layout also works well with an open kitchen plan that includes a large casual or small dining areas.

    This design is space-efficient as it allows unobtrusive access between the workspace and the table.

  • Open Concept Living Spaces

    This layout is perfect for an apartment or condo living.

    A small L-shaped kitchen can be incorporated with an open-concept living area where a partition wall can be added to provide a division between dining and the living spaces.

Hopefully this article has helped shine some light on all the aspects of getting an L-Shaped Kitchen in your home or apartment.

With there being so many different styles to choose from, our goal is to help guide you through the best possible options that are right for you so that we can help bring your dream kitchen to life.