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Single Wall Kitchen Designs

One wall kitchens are a simple and common design for apartments, lofts and condos, but their efficient design works well in residential homes, too. One wall kitchens have all of the cabinetry, countertops and appliances on a single wall, making it the perfect layout for saving space and providing an open floor plan. They’re also cost effective in terms of construction since they require the least amount of materials and labor to build. Similarly, their simple design make for easy cooking and cleanup.

There are a few design options to consider for a one wall kitchen. Read through our guide to determine which type is best for your layout. If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, check out our extensive selection of kitchen cabinets. For more reading, visit our glossary page definition on single wall kitchens.

One Wall Kitchen Layouts

Designing a one wall kitchen is simple, but there are a few design tips one should keep in mind. We recommend placing the sink between the fridge and the stovetop to create a more efficient workflow during food preparation. This aligns with the common rule of thumb to keep hot and cold areas separate since refrigerators need space to dissipate heat. We also recommend that you position the dishwasher beside the sink so that clean up is as streamlined as possible.

One Wall Kitchen with Island

One Wall Kitchen with Island
One Wall Kitchen with Island Animation

Layout Tips

The main downfall to one wall kitchens is the lack of prep space, but this can be fixed by adding a kitchen island. A kitchen island will provide extra storage and counter space, and also gives you the option to install an appliance, such as a sink or inset microwave, in the island. It also allows you to introduce an easily maneuverable work triangle allowing for a well balanced cooking space. You also have the opportunity to add a seating area to your kitchen island, providing extra space to entertain guests.

One Wall Kitchen with Dining Table

One wall kitchen kitchen with Dining Table
One Wall Kitchen with Dining Table

Layout Tips

Since one wall kitchens are normally used in apartments or smaller homes that have an open concept from their kitchen to the living room, you may want to consider combining this type of layout with a dining table. Adding a dining table breaks up the space, and provides more preparation surface if need be.

Storage and Lighting Tips

Storage and Lighting for a One Wall Kitchen
Storage and Lighting for a One Wall Kitchen Animation

Layout Tips

Storage can be hard to come by for a one wall kitchen layout but you do have some options to add more storage space. Consider adding full-wall cabinetry or incorporating a hutch into your kitchen for more storage options. You can also get creative and hang your most commonly used pots and pans on a hanging rack above your island or hang them on an empty space on your wall.

Don’t be afraid to go bold with standout pendant lighting and under-cabinet lighting. Since one wall kitchens tend to be long, also consider track lighting that runs the length of the kitchen. Track lighting can be adjusted to illuminate your counter and work area or your dining area if it’s next to your kitchen.

If you are looking for a kitchen design to fit the space you have in your home, a one wall kitchen might be the perfect fit. If you’re 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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