Kitchen Layout Ideas to Inspire Your Next Renovation

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Kitchen renovations can be an exercise in frustration if you don’t have a clear picture of what you want before you start. On the other hand, a well-planned renovation can make all the difference if it gives you exactly what you need to suit your lifestyle and budget.

We’ve collected great kitchen layout ideas that can help you get started.

A Center Island in the Kitchen

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Adding a central island to your kitchen design will create more space and add visual appeal too. It is not only functional but also allows for fun decorating possibilities like potted plants, vases with flowers, or even an aquarium! If you don’t have the budget for a complete renovation, you can just add an island with a couple of cabinets on each side.

The Galley Kitchen Layout

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If your kitchen has awkward spaces or is oddly shaped, consider converting it into a galley-style kitchen. This functional design is narrow but long and can fit in most spaces. It involves adding appliances in the center of the ‘L’ shape, with cabinet and counter space on both sides.

Maximizing Corner Space

If your kitchen layout is small, you can maximize space by considering a corner kitchen. It might require some renovations to reposition appliances but it’s worth it since there’s no other way to make more efficient use of corner space. Organize your work triangle by choosing either side of the ‘L’ as the primary work zone.

A Peninsula Kitchen

Adding a peninsula to your kitchen is one way of making better use of corner space if you don’t want an island or an additional cooking surface in the center of the room. It can be an excellent way to add extra seating for a large gathering too.

The U-Shaped Kitchen Layout

This is another layout that can maximize space in a small kitchen. It involves moving appliances and furniture so they form the back of the ‘U’. You should think about adding an island, cabinets, or peninsulas on either side to make the most of the corner space. Organize your work triangle by choosing one side of the ‘U’ as the primary work zone.

A Galley Kitchen with an Island

Adding an island to a galley kitchen is one way of increasing functionality and making it more appealing too. This layout will provide you with more counter space, and it gives you more storage options, whether in cabinets or drawers.

The Modular Kitchen Layout

If you are renovating an open-concept space, consider pulling the appliances closer to the walls and adding an island in-between spaces. This modular kitchen layout will provide more traffic flow between areas so it is perfect for homes with high foot traffic.

A Breakfast Nook Kitchen Layout

If you love to entertain, a breakfast nook kitchen might be perfect for you. It will give your kitchen a more formal feel and it is actually an ideal set-up if the rest of your house has a casual or rustic style. You can still use your main work triangle, but you can also add a bar-height counter and stools for extra seating.


Kitchen renovations are one of the most expensive home improvement projects, but they are also one of the most sought-after upgrades. If you already have an idea of what you want to do, it can help you to get started. Of course, if your budget is limited or you’re planning to renovate soon, it might be wise to consult a professional.

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