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The L-Shaped Kitchen Layout

The L-Shaped Kitchen Layout

Chris Adams, copyright 2008, Licensed to About.com
The L-shaped kitchen layout is one of the standard kitchen layouts that decades of ergonomic research developed. This layout is one of the most popular and versatile kitchen layouts.

A L-shaped kitchen consists of work space on two adjoining walls perpendicular to each other. There are no traffic lanes flowing through the work area.

A L-shaped kitchen can have legs as long as you want. It is best to only elongate one leg over 12-15 feet. You will need to divide that elongated leg into different work sites for efficient use.

L-Shaped Kitchen Benefits

  • Great for corner space
  • Efficient for a small and medium kitchen space
  • Can adjust to any length
  • Can easily divide the kitchen into multiple work sites
  • No through traffic to disrupt work zones
  • Eating space (i.e. table & chairs) can easily be added to this layout
L-Shaped Kitchen Drawbacks
  • Not efficient for large kitchens
  • Not good for multiple cooks

Placing the Work Triangle

The basic kitchen work triangle is best placed at the juncture of the two legs of the L.

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