A great option for families who spend a lot of time in the kitchen, the U-shaped kitchen is suitable for both small and large kitchen spaces. The U-shaped kitchen layout is made up of three walls of cabinetry and bench-top joined to resemble the letter 'U'. It can feature upper and lower cabinets on all three sides, or alternatively, leave one wall without upper cabinets to allow the kitchen to open into another adjoining space.
Generally, the benefits of a U-shaped kitchen include:
However, if the design is for a smaller U-shaped kitchen, then there will usually only be space for one user at a time. It’s also worth noting that U-shaped kitchens are typically more expensive than other layouts, as they require more cabinetry and bench-top material for the additional run of units.
The cabinetry runs on a U-shaped kitchen can be roughly the same or vary in length. In both cases, however, there is an opportunity for flexibility within the design.
For instance, if one of the walls has a window, this would usually be the run suggested for your kitchen sink. Of course, this depends very much on your view. Many modern kitchens will, in fact, have the sink in the bench facing the family room to enable social interaction.
U-shaped kitchens can also be designed to hide less attractive kitchen accessories and/or appliances such as sinks, draining boards and microwaves, as these are not always a kitchen’s best features.
Whatever your kitchen's size, a well planned U-shaped design will ensure that only a limited number of steps are required between different units and appliances. This makes the kitchen a much safer and more convenient place during cooking, especially when other people are present.
Corner storage is also another benefit in U-shaped kitchen, as there are two corners. There are many specialist kitchen corner solutions available, such as a carousel or LeMans corner unit.
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