How to properly plan a small kitchen,
Classic layout of a small kitchen


Classic kitchen design

“Classic” kitchen design is the so-called right kitchen triangle, which allows the chef to move at three points without crossing over, between the refrigerator, stove and sink.

A simpler kitchen design plan than the triangle, however, is a one-room kitchen design.

What it is:
When designing a one-room kitchen, all the main kitchen work areas are along one wall.

The main work area includes a sink, refrigerator, and stove/oven. Smaller work areas include microwave ovens, garbage presses and dishwashers.
Work areas are usually no more than 8 feet long (the smaller value may not fit all appliances). The order of work areas can be almost anything: sink, stove, refrigerator, or stove, sink, refrigerator. The order is irrelevant because the area is very small.

The benefits of custom kitchen design:

Before we move on to look at the many custom kitchen design options, we must first focus on a few experts.

  • Affordability – Limited countertop space means that counters take up most of your kitchen budget, so they’re cheaper;
  • Easier to design yourself – a wall design that you created yourself can be the easiest;
  • Compact Design. If you have one wall, it’s best to use that space for a table or the rest of the kitchen if you don’t need it for other purposes.
  • Good workflow organization is when all major cooking functions are spaced slightly apart.

Disadvantages of small kitchens

One of the biggest drawbacks of a one-wall kitchen design is:

Kitchens are often designed this way because space is limited or minimal cost leaves no other choice. If you’ve ever lived in a rental house or apartment, you’re probably familiar with a one-wall kitchen design. This is a functional design for those who cook very little.
The minimum resale value is lower because homebuyers these days don’t value their kitchens as much. The kitchen gets more glamorous almost every year, so there’s no way to keep up with one-sided wall designs. Simply put, homeowners are demanding more.
You can save money on countertops, but that means you’ll have a smaller work surface for cooking. Then you’ll have to increase the kitchen space or put a cutting board near the sink as a makeshift workspace.

In addition, the single-wall design creates new problems because of its “compactness.”
For example:

  • Where are all the cabinets located?
  • Do you want all the cabinets hanging overhead?
  • Are the sink and stove separated from each other?

If you need to update your kitchen layout, take the advantages and disadvantages of a one-room small kitchen design as a starting point.
If you have more space, it’s worth considering more complex and useful kitchen layouts.


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