L-Shaped Kitchen Plans

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    Fluid and Efficient, L-Shaped Kitchens Are a Favorite Design

    L-Shaped Kitchen
    L-Shaped Kitchen. Adrianna Williams / Getty Images

    The L-shaped kitchen plan is one of the most popular and classic layouts–and for good reason.  It is a highly flexible design that can be adapted to many sizes and styles of kitchens.  Plus, it is one of the most ergonomically correct kitchen designs.

    Flexible Enough for All Kitchen Sizes

    Though average kitchen size has increased over the last few decades, most kitchens do not have the capacity to handle the multiple islands, peninsulas, and acres of countertop space so often featured in…MORE lifestyle magazines and remodeling reality shows.  

    It is a layout that fits perfectly into the 10′ x 10′ kitchen, which is considered the benchmark of kitchen cost estimation for cabinets and counters.

    Correct Ergonomics Built Into It

    In short:  the L-shaped kitchen works for most homes, and it provides a great amount of design flexibility.  

    Cooks love the L-shaped layout, as it reduces walking time between kitchen stations.  The L-shaped kitchen practically comes with the ergonomically efficient kitchen triangle (fridge, stove, and sink in a triangular array) practically built into it.


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    L-Shaped Plan, At Its Most Basic

    Basic L-Shaped Kitchen Plan
    Basic L-Shaped Kitchen Plan. chuvipro / Getty Images

    True to its name, the L-shaped kitchen has two “legs” of counter-topped base cabinets.  

    Usually, one leg is longer than the other leg, as it is the one that provides the majority of the counter space.  The shorter leg, as shown, might have a short, 24″ run of counter and an appliance or two–in this case, a wall oven and refrigerator.

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    Apartment-Sized L-Shaped Kitchen

    Plan For L-Shaped Modern Kitchen
    Plan For L-Shaped Modern Kitchen. chuvipro / Getty Images

    For small spaces such as apartments and condos, galley (corridor) or one-wall kitchen designs tend to work best.

    But it is possible to work an L-shaped kitchen into these small spaces.  As shown, the drainboard sink (sink with an attached apron of similar material) is tightly fitted into the corner of the “L.”

    This frees up precious extra space on the short leg of the “L” for a small section of countertop.

    Instead of the open shelving on the right side, it would be smarter to replace them with a…MORE smaller scale apartment sized refrigerator.

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    Small Kitchen Plans: L-Shaped Kitchen Plan

    Small Kitchen Plans Online
    Copyright Autodesk / Nadia Geller Design

    This L-shaped small kitchen plan come from Nadia Geller, a Los Angeles-based designer who has appeared in many venues, including “Trading Spaces” and “Home Made Simple.” Nadia partnered up with Autodesk to produce free small kitchen plans for Autodesk’s Homestyler, a free online room planner.

    Geller calls this “Kitchen Contemporary,” a very simple L-shaped kitchen plan with island, Kohler Cape Dory sink basin and Karbon faucet, Dacor 36″ fridge, and Dacor double wall oven.

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    L-Shaped Traditional Small Kitchen Plan (2D)

    L-Shaped Traditional Kitchen Plan
    L-Shaped Traditional Kitchen Plan. © Nadia Geller Design

    Shown here is the layout for a very homey, comfortable small kitchen plan from Nadia Geller:

    • Cherry Paprika cabinets from Merillat
    • Dacor Millenia rangetop
    • Kohler single basin sink.

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    L-Shaped Traditional Small Kitchen Plan (3D)

    L-Shaped Traditional Kitchen Plan
    L-Shaped Traditional Kitchen Plan. Copyright Autodesk / Nadia Geller Design

    This is a 3D representation of Nadia Geller’s previous “L-Kitchen Traditional.”