The U-shape kitchen layout is an outstanding option for modern kitchen

Inspired by the pros, but shrunken down to fit our modern homes, the U-shape kitchen layout is more common than ever before. And, we know why! Cleverly combining cooking power, efficiency and style, the U-shape kitchen layout is easy to love.

The first thing to understand is that a U-shaped kitchen is a cook’s kitchen! Its well-organised design ensures that everything you need to create a feast is close at hand. And, it’s closed off enough to keep others out of your way while you’re at work. In fact it was originally inspired by professional kitchens and makes use of the famous “work triangle” (a configuration where the major appliances are each placed on a separate wall, creating a triangular service area). So, if you love to cook and the kitchen is your domain, the U-shape kitchen layout might just be perfect for you.

Cleverly combining cooking power, efficiency and style, the U-shape kitchen layout is easy to love. (c) hepburndesigns.com

Cleverly combining cooking power, efficiency and style, the U-shape kitchen layout is easy to love. (c) hepburndesigns.com

The U-shaped kitchen layout is also incredibly efficient – in terms of space that is! In fact, the U-shape kitchen layout fits a remarkable amount of functionality in a remarkably compact space. You can actually have 3 walls of cabinetry and worktop space. For a small kitchen in particular, this is an extraordinary feat. Furthermore, since the U-shape kitchen layout is almost always ensconced in a space with 3 walls, you are able to place your appliances exactly where you want them. Connections for utilities like power, gas and water can be run through the walls and behind the cabinets.

The U-shaped kitchen layout is also incredibly efficient. (c) hepburndesigns.com

The U-shaped kitchen layout is also incredibly efficient. (c) hepburndesigns.com

On the downside, what the U-shape kitchen layout boasts in cooking prowess and efficiency, it lacks in dining space. On the bright side this does open up alternative styling options. If space permits, a kitchen island can be added to create a casual dining space and central area for socialising. If one wall is removed, a peninsula connecting the dining room, or living space can be included.

The U-shape kitchen layout fits a remarkable amount of functionality in a remarkably compact space. (c) hepburndesigns.com

The U-shape kitchen layout fits a remarkable amount of functionality in a remarkably compact space. (c) hepburndesigns.com

Furthermore, the U-shape kitchen layout offers the opportunity to create a centrepiece from which the rest of your kitchen design style flows. Have you always wanted a bespoke metal range hood? Make a statement along the back wall! Are you a dedicated hostess? A kitchen island equipped with a hob is the prefect centrepiece!