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L Shaped Kitchen Layouts

The L-shaped kitchen layout is the most widely used residential kitchen layout and for good reason. It perfectly executes the ability to take a small or medium-sized kitchen and make it functional for multiple family members, regardless of your kitchen’s dimensions.

There are multiple design options for L-shaped kitchens, so you can adjust the layout based on your needs. Read through our guide to learn about functional design tips and the pros and cons of different design elements. If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, be sure to check out our extensive selection of kitchen cabinets. For more reading, visit our glossary page definition on L-shaped kitchens.

L-Shaped Kitchen Layouts

L-shaped kitchen layouts are great for traffic flow through your apartment or home due to its open design. If you have narrow spaces and your kitchen connects two or more rooms together, you will want to take traffic flow into account.

L-shaped kitchens also retain the work triangle, or the space between your sink, stove and refrigerator, very well. The major downfall of the L-shaped layout is that counter space can be limited, so be sure to give yourself ample space for a prep area when selecting the placement of your appliances.

Basic L-Shaped Kitchen

basic l-shaped kitchen
basic L-shaped kitchen work triangle

Layout Tips

The basic L-shaped kitchen layout consists of two adjacent countertop legs that form a right triangle, with one typically longer than the other. In most cases, L-shaped kitchens utilize two walls at a right angle with countertops against each wall. The design can also be used with a countertop on one wall and the other countertop protruding outward and not connected to a wall, creating a peninsula.

Double L-Shaped Kitchen

double l-shaped kitchen
double l-shaped kitchen

Layout Tips

The double L-shaped kitchen comes from having a basic L-shape layout and adding an L-shaped island on the opposing side. This creates a rectangle shape with gaps for traffic flow. This type of layout can only be used in larger, open kitchens.

L-Shaped Kitchen with Island

L-shaped kitchen with island
L-shaped kitchen with island

Layout Tips

With the L-shaped design being an open floor plan, it’s a perfect layout to add a kitchen island. This gives you the ability to entertain family and friends while giving your kitchen more counter space and storage.

Broken L-Shaped Kitchen

broken L-shaped kitchen
broken L-shaped kitchen

Layout Tips

If you have multiple walkways through your kitchen area, a broken L-shaped kitchen might be the best choice for you. A broken L-shaped layout works around entry and exit-ways by cutting off counter space and cabinetry, then adding it to adjacent, but disconnected, walls. This layout still gives you the ability to have a well-spaced work triangle without disrupting the traffic flow in your kitchen.

If you are looking for a kitchen layout that is best for an open floor plan, then an L-shaped kitchen is for you. If you are interested in more inspiration for your next kitchen remodel, check out our kitchen design ideas. We cover everything you need to know about remodeling your kitchen, so that you can create the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.

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