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How to design a U-shaped kitchen

How to design a U shaped kitchen

When it comes to designing the perfect kitchen, there are plenty of things to think about. From the appliances to the materials used and the overall style of your kitchen, finding the right solution can take some time! What should be considered first, before anything else, is the layout of your kitchen. This will help you to achieve a practical space and give way to all your other creative ideas and your overall kitchen design.

The U-shaped kitchen layout is one of our favourites. It’s definitely a choice for those looking for a more efficient design. While the U-shape makes best use of available kitchen space for surfaces and storage, the design does require care and attention to detail when it comes to features like corner cabinets and appliances.

  1. Consider functionality

Think about how you use your kitchen and what you need from your kitchen space. The U-shaped kitchen is popular with keen cooks as it allows for maximum efficiency while moving about the space to cook. Key appliances are usually located on each of the three walls too, to allow that all-important fluid triangle of movement within the workspace.

How to design a U shaped kitchen

  1. Get the dining and social space just right

Your dining and social spaces will be entirely dependent on the size of your kitchen. Smaller U-shaped kitchens may not always allow for a dining table. In this case, why not get rid of some of the bottom cabinets to allow for a breakfast bar sat at one edge of the kitchen?

In larger kitchens, you can combine a U-shape kitchen with a trendy central island. This not only looks great, it’s functional too – offering yet more worktop and storage space.

How to design a U shaped kitchen

  1. Be clever with lighting

Lighting can make a huge difference to your space, so make sure the positioning of yours is just right. If you have space to accommodate wall lighting, go for it! If not, choose a central hanging light accompanied by under-cabinet spotlights to highlight food preparation areas.

How to design a U shaped kitchen

  1. Build in storage

A necessity in all kitchens, storage can hide a multitude of clutter! The great thing about a U-shape kitchen is that the design automatically integrates a number of cupboards. There are corner cabinet storage spaces, under sink cabinets, and cabinets can even be positioned on the walls above. Smart cabinet options featuring handleless designs will also ensure your space looks neat – a must in any small kitchen!

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  1. Add some wow factor

Improve the look and feel of the space by combining different materials. This will add interest to your kitchen and help give it that designer feel. Team matte with gloss, modern materials with natural materials like wood, and consider adding a wall feature.

How to design a U shaped kitchen

Do you like the sound of a U-shaped kitchen? If so, why not get in contact with our team and begin your kitchen transformation today! We can help you create the perfect U-shaped kitchen, combined with the best appliances and on-trend design. Just visit one of our showrooms to see some of our work. You can also find all the contact details of your nearest Kitchen Design Centre here.

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