Continuing our series on the most common kitchen shapes, this week we take a look at L-shaped kitchens. When it comes to these kinds of kitchens, home-owners are making this a popular choice in an eclectic range of properties. Little surprise, really: L-shaped kitchens are great for modern, multi-purpose designs and can work equally well in a smaller room as in a large one.
L-shaped kitchens can seem awkward though: how can you make the most of the space? Read on for our ideas on how to make them work for you.
One of the main advantages to an L-shaped kitchen is that it will allow you to have an efficient “work triangle”– this is a concept used by kitchen designers to describe the distance between refrigerator, oven and sink, and it’s particularly important if you’re a keen cook!
Make sure when you’re planning your kitchen that your appliances and work surfaces are in an optimal position to maximise the effectiveness of the shape – trust us: it’ll save you a lot of hassle in the long-run!
If your L-shaped kitchen means you’re short on work surface space, why not consider adding an island? Islands are increasingly popular (as you can see from our stunning portfolio of customer kitchens!) and can provide the solutions to a number of potential problems in your L-shaped kitchen. For example, an island can provide valuable extra work space, as well as room for guests to sit as a dinner table substitute or breakfast bar style area.
An island can be built to house drawers or cupboards or even a sink and oven, all of which frees up space on your “L” for other things.
Storage can sometimes be a problem in L-shaped kitchens – if you’re not careful! If one side of your L-shape has windows, this means no cupboards at an upper level without cutting down on daylight. There are many ingenious storage solutions that can come to the rescue though. We’ve already mentioned the storage an island can provide – how about a ceiling rack or storage boxes on your work surface?
Kitchen Design Centre’s talented team can discuss how to make the most of your space, so why not book in for a FREE home design visit?
As an L-shaped kitchen only takes up two walls, it’s an ideal solution for more open-plan homes, where the kitchen naturally flows into a living room area or even a conservatory or outdoor space. This can make cooking for guests very pleasant – you don’t need to leave them on their own while you disappear into the kitchen, and can carry on the conversation whilst preparing the meal!
If you’re fixed on the idea of a lovely L-shaped kitchen book an appointment for a free home design visit, and let one of our team work with you to create your perfect kitchen.