The U-shaped kitchen is probably the most practical of kitchen layouts and can provide an additional run of potential storage or appliance space compared with a L-shaped kitchen. Problems with the traditional U-shaped kitchen typically arise due to its small size. For one, it doesn’t offer room for a kitchen table and chairs. Secondly, depending on where the sink is situated, it may be impossible to fit the dishwasher right next to it.
U-shaped kitchens can work in large spaces, but even small kitchens can benefit from a U-shaped design. Just be sure you have at least two metres of moving-around space between the opposite banks of units. Ideally your U-shaped kitchen will have a window at the ‘U’ end. This makes a great spot for the sink, allowing you to look out over your garden while you wash up without having wall units overhead.
1. Classic and simple
As we see in this example, the “U” kitchen layout makes great use of the wall space by incorporating high and low cabinets, as well as shelves and other accessories.
2. Open and Minimal
In this case, the end of the bench is used as a table for fast meals and access to the space is ample and comfortable from the living room.
3. Industrial storage
For those who are fans of the industrial style, stainless steel is the ideal material to compose a kitchen. Beyond electrical equipment, steel can be used to coat the doors, cabinets and drawers, like this example.
4. Bright and tidy
In this example, you can see how the “U” shaped layout is perfect for small environments, since storage and modules are possible across all three walls…!
5. Multi-purpose space
When planning a kitchen in this format, it is important to value natural light by keeping at least one wall free, without many cabinets or shelves. We love how this space also accommodates a laundry room…!
6. Floor to Ceiling storage
And if we are talking about small spaces, don’t forget about taking advantage of all the available space, including floor to ceiling storage.