What Kitchen Designs/Layouts are there?


The majority of people’s kitchen designs fall within 1 of the 6 kitchen designs that are shown below. Click one of the images to see more information about the kitchen design/layout.

Straight Run Kitchen Design

Straight Run Kitchen Floor Plan

Galley Kitchen Design

Galley Kitchen Floor Plan

L Shaped Kitchen Design

L Shaped Kitchen Floor Plan

L Shaped Island Kitchen Design

L Shaped Kitchen Floor Plan

U Shaped Kitchen Design

U Shaped Kitchen Floor Plan

U Shaped Island Kitchen Design

U Shaped Island Kitchen Floor Plan

The Straight Run Kitchen Design

This design is ideal for kitchens in terrace house where kitchen space is at a premium. The straight run is very similar to the galley kitchen but all the units in this design fit down 1 side of the room. Straight Run Design The small round kitchen sink in this design has been chosen to maximise the available workspace in this straight run. The hob and oven have been located in the same area and there is also an option to adapt the oven unit to have a pull out pan draw underneath the oven to really maximise the storage space in this compact design. If your kitchen allows it, you may be able to get another tall unit on the far left to give you a few extra cupboards or shelves to hold the likes of brushes, mops and other cleaning items.

The Galley Kitchen Design

This design is ideal for a kitchen where no units can be placed on the far wall or if the kitchen is a thoroughfare between 2 rooms. Due to the limited amount of space for units, everything has been kept as compact as possible and a small round sink used to increase the amount of work surface available. Galley Kitchen Design To give that extra bit of storage in this galley kitchen, a tall unit has been used down the left hand side, although there is nothing stopping you doing this on the other side, but you would lose some more work surface area by doing this. Should your kitchen have an unsightly boiler on the wall, then the units on the wall above the sink would be an ideal place to help conceal it.

The L Shape Kitchen Design

This design is ideal for a large open plan kitchen where you only want a small L shaped part of it taken up by the kitchen units themselves. This allows space for a dining area in the same room with a table and chairs in close proximity. L Shaped Kitchen Design The design of the kitchen has also been designed for practicality with the pan drawers directly underneath the hob for easy access. The oven has been elevated into a tall unit, so that you don’t have to bend down every time to pull the contents out. The extractor fan has also been fitted so that it is flush with the ceiling. If you are unable to link your extractor fan to the outside world then you can opt for a recirculation extractor instead.

The L Shape With Island Kitchen Design

This design is ideal for open plan kitchens where an L shape is the only design that fits, but a little bit more kitchen space is required. To get that space, a 6 unit kitchen island is constructed. L Shaped Island Design Although not shown here, kitchen islands can be adapted to hold a wine cooler, bottle racks and even open end shelves for book storage. Your kitchen island can be as creative as you like! As you can see in this design, there is a tall unit on the far left to house the oven and to also give you additional storage. If your home can accommodate it, you can also place a tall pullout larder unit next to it to give you plenty of useful space for tins and groceries that pop out for easy accessibility. You could even have the thin pullout larder units either side of the main tall unit for added storage and to make a feature of the kitchen.

The U Shape Kitchen Design

This design gives a fair bit of workspace for food preparation and storage. The sink is located near a window, as it’s always nice to look outside rather than a brick wall when washing the pots! U Shaped Kitchen Design The oven is also conveniently been placed at waist height with pan drawers put in where the oven would normally be positioned. If you are in need of additional storage and space, and if your kitchen is the right width, you may be able to use our U Shaped Kitchen with Island design. All the kitchen components used in this example can be seen on the right hand side of this page. The example kitchen above uses white unit carcases, Avant White kitchen unit doors and a black Brazil laminate worktop.

The U Shape With Island Kitchen Design

This design is ideal for kitchens where you have a lot of space to fill. The U shape maximises the available workspace and you get the option to adapt the corner units so that you can make the most out of the storage space and ensure that everything is easily accessible. U Shaped Kitchen Island Design As you can see in this design, there is a very handy kitchen island with 6 additional kitchen units. 3 are reduced depth and the other 3 are full size. When fitted back to back you get a 900mm wide kitchen island, which is ideal for placing food on to be served for a Sunday lunch, storing everyday items like fresh fruit, kitchen scales and pictures or simply using it as an area for baking, away from the main run of the kitchen. Should you want to splash out a little then you can also embed some kitchen scales into the worktop as well as get some pop up power sockets fitted. The oven in this design has been relocated to the end of the kitchen, which gives you plenty of tray and pan storage right underneath the hob, exactly where you need them. Having the kitchen island opposite the oven also ensure that and hot trays can be easily put down behind you to cool.

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19 thoughts on “What Kitchen Designs/Layouts are there?”
  • Lorey Hallada says:

    I can’t tell what the dimensions mean on the layouts. I am looking at the u-shaped kitchen. What is “1200”? Inches? What are the dimensions (in American nomenclature) of the entire space?


    October 1, 2017 at 4:39 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, all dimensions are in mm.

      October 1, 2017 at 6:57 pm
  • Bridget Lindsay says:

    We have a small U shaped kitchen and I’m trying to think of ways to maximise work surface. One option would be to put the hob next to the fridge-freezer unit. Is this as much of a problem as having an oven beside a fridge-freezer?

    September 14, 2016 at 10:59 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      When planning where to position the hob, it can sit near enough anywhere, but if you are intending to fit it next to a tall unit, then it needs to be at least 150mm away from the tall unit, for heat transfer reasons etc.

      September 15, 2016 at 9:37 am
  • The Mitchells says:

    Hello, I’m planning a galley kitchen with two runs. How much space do I need to leave between the end walls and the cupboards so the doors can open sufficiently? One of these will be an integrated fridge freezer. Thanks.

    May 10, 2016 at 11:55 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, if you are using a handless door or a door with a 30mm depth handle then 50mm should be enough space at the side of the unit. Remember that the door on the fridge/freezer needs to open past 90 degrees so that any trays and salad boxes can be easily removed. Please ensure that your door handles are not going to hit your newly painted wall! If your handles have a depth greater than 30mm, then just increase that gap a little more to compensate.

      May 10, 2016 at 12:34 pm
  • FIKRET DOGAN says:

    I like to buy that L shape kitchen, it looks like very practical simple and great design

    October 24, 2015 at 8:58 am
  • James Pearson says:

    Hello, I have recently had a quote from B&Q.
    Is it possible for me to email the kithen sizes to you to
    Quote against?

    Regards James Pearson

    October 18, 2015 at 8:50 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      You can send your quote to sales@diy-kitchens.com, with the doors style that you require and they can give you our price.

      October 19, 2015 at 6:40 am
  • NB says:

    Hi, I want to order a tall integrated unit to house a fridge but can’t seem to find a unit that has only one door (all seem to be split either 50/50 or 70/30). Is this possible?
    Many thanks

    February 24, 2015 at 7:09 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      It would depend on the kitchen style as to whether we could supply with single door. If the full door is available in that kitchen range then it shouldn’t be an issue.

      The best thing for you to do is call the technical sales team on 01977 608 418 and they will let you know if the unit your require is possible in your chosen kitchen style.

      February 26, 2015 at 9:37 am
  • sara Huntingdon says:


    With the Langham kitchen units being shaker design would it be possible to have just the drawer door fronts plain without the shaker design on them.

    January 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      I’m afraid this is not possible. The majority of the drawer fronts will have the door detail too.

      January 8, 2015 at 8:39 am
  • AV says:

    In the L and U shaped designs above, where do you put the fridge/freezer (e.g. an integrated one)? Also, as a more general question: can I put a fridge/freezer next to an oven tall unit? Or would there be some heat issues from the oven?

    November 21, 2014 at 11:32 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      With the ‘exact’ L & U shaped kitchen designs shown on this page the best way to get an integrated fridge/freezer into the kitchen is to place it in the tall unit where the oven currently sits. Place the oven where the wide pan draws are and adapt the sizes (widths) of the existing units in the run to ensure that the units will take up all the available space.

      It is not recommended to put an oven next to a fridge freezer as heat is generated from an oven and the fridge/freezer works harder to keep things cool. Theoretically, with an end panel between each appliance you could do this but it is not recommend for the reason mentioned above and if your fridge/freezer is working harder to cool/freeze things then it’s using more electricity and putting a dent in your back pocket too.

      November 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm
  • Andrew says:

    What is the recommended distance between an island and cabinets?

    November 8, 2014 at 11:01 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      There is no exact size for the gap documented but most people tend to go between 36inches to 48inches. 48inches (which is 4 foot) would be best if you have the space but you need to ensure that your island looks good in your kitchen as well, and not too off centre that it looks out of place.

      November 10, 2014 at 9:00 am
  • Shelob says:

    I am thinking of using a tall corner unit and was wondering if I can put a free standing dishwasher next to it.

    October 21, 2014 at 9:49 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      In response to your question, a free standing dishwasher would fit next to the tall corner unit but the depth of the dishwasher could be no bigger than 560mm. If it was to protrude more than 560mm then you would run the risk of the tall unit door hitting the front of the dishwasher.

      To be honest, we would not recommend putting a free standing dishwasher next to the tall unit. An integrated dishwasher would be a better idea.

      October 21, 2014 at 11:13 am
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