How to plan a modern kitchen layout

Choose a layout to suit your lifestyle, and be sure to maximise space.

The layout of your kitchen is by far the most important aspect of any project, and should be finalised before any decisions are made about materials, fixtures or fittings.

1. Maximise space

Depending on your budget and the layout of the rest of your home, you may have the option to remove a wall to create a larger kitchen-diner or a single, open-plan living area. You could also consider removing a chimney breast to make the most of floor space. Speak to your builder about your options.

2. Choose your basic layout

The starting point for most designs is still the classic ‘wrap-around’ kitchen which follows the perimeter of the room, but today it often takes the form of an ‘L’ or ‘U’ shape and features a modern island unit if there is enough space.

In narrow spaces, the galley kitchen is still a practical choice, with two parallel counters and plenty of storage space to keep everything within easy reach.

3. Consider the ‘working triangle’

The positioning of your hob, sink and fridge can make all the difference to the way your kitchen works, either creating a logical flow, or resulting in a frustrating experience every time you cook.

Start by considering the principle of the ‘working triangle’ formed by the following:

  • Food storage area (the fridge)
  • Food preparation area (sink and countertops)
  • Cooking area (the hob)

The idea is to place these spots close to each other, keeping things as practical as possible. It is important to make sure your bin is included within the triangle, too.

4. Ensure the layout suits your lifestyle

If you use your kitchen for entertaining, an island unit is a great option, allowing you to prepare a meal while you chat with friends and family. Islands with a breakfast bar can also be useful for working, and you can even use them to house an appliance.

What matters most is that the layout of your kitchen is based around your lifestyle. With a little thought and careful planning, you can create a space that works hard and looks fantastic. Try our online kitchen planner to try out different kitchen colours.