An L-shaped kitchen is exactly what it sounds like—a kitchen layout consisting of two adjoining, vertical walls of cabinets that form an L-shape. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association 2019 kitchen design trends, this specific layout is the most popular kitchen configuration. But is it actually a good choice for your existing space? DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of SE Florida, premier kitchen and bath remodel company, expounds on this popular kitchen design.
Pros and Cons of an L-Shaped Kitchen
An L-shaped kitchen usually has a designated area for smaller kitchen tasks involving the sink and other countertop appliances, while the other side of the L serves larger, more time-consuming activities. The latter also holds the range and refrigerator. The L-shaped kitchen offers some great advantages, including:
A great outdoor view. Because the leg of the L is typically located along an outer wall, you can have a large picture window installed in that area for an expansive view of the outdoors, while enjoying greater access to natural light inside the space.
Seamless flow between living spaces. An L-shaped kitchen allows for a more open concept design, which makes movement throughout the space and is adjacent areas smoother and seamless. Consult DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, trusted expert in home remodeling, how to better incorporate this layout into your space.
Increased versatility. This design can fit a variety of lifestyles and personal tastes. Whether you want to improve functionality for easier and faster meal preparation, or need a space that’s ideal for entertaining, an L-shaped kitchen can definitely deliver.
This kitchen design has its own downsides, however. Integrating this layout in an existing kitchen will largely depend on the available space. An L-shaped kitchen may also have ‘dead zones’, like the corner area, that can’t be used properly. What’s more, if you don’t have an island included in the space, the more functional areas will be either too spread out, or the appliances too close together.
Making the Most of an L-Shaped Kitchen
Fortunately, this design can be flexible. If your kitchen has different wall lengths, you should include tall cabinets and appliances, like the fridge or oven housing, on the shorter wall. Keep them away from the windows to avoid blocking access to natural light. For kitchens with the same wall lengths, you should place tall cabinets on the same side as the oven for increased counter space. In fact, you can separate the sink and oven in different walls so you have a larger space between them you can use for food preparation.
To seamlessly and properly integrate the L-shape layout in your kitchen, make sure to work with a trusted remodeler like DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of SE Florida. We are not just your leading source of high-quality kitchen cabinets—you can also count on us for effective ways to get the most out of your kitchen space. And with our expert crew, you’re always sure the work will be completed right the first time. We serve Jupiter, West Palm Beach, and Port St. Lucie, FL. Call us today at (561) 459-1004 or fill out this contact form to schedule your free quote.