There are many choices you have when it comes to a kitchen remodel. One factor in deciding how to set up your new kitchen is the traffic pattern. If you do a lot of entertaining or if you have children, can affect how best to have your kitchen laid out. One design idea for the kitchen layout is the U-shaped kitchen. What is a U-shaped kitchen design? Read on to learn more.

The U-shaped kitchen is a 3-walled design that resembles the letter “U”. A particular favorite layout for this design type is the kitchen work triangle. This means that the major appliances used in cooking, the refrigerator, stove, and sink are all aligned on a different counterspace or section. This will allow for maximum efficiency when preparing meals. You can think about your current traffic patterns and plumbing to decide which appliance and fixture should go where.

The U-shaped design also lends itself to easier cooking when more than one person is in the kitchen at a time. This works best with medium or large kitchen areas. With each area in a different section, you can be working on different parts of the meal at the same time without running into each other. A way to have even more counterspace is to have an island in the middle of the kitchen. Whether you can do this or not will depend on your budget and the space you have available. You want to make sure that you will be free to move and not feel cramped while you cook.

Some areas to consider with this design is how the storage space will be set up. You want to make sure that you can maximize the space that you will have available. You will want to consider whether having corner cabinets will help or hinder your kitchen flow. Another area will be to make sure that you have enough room to open cabinets and drawers within the given space you are allowing.  If the space doesn’t work on a functional level, it won’t matter how good it looks.

The U-shaped kitchen is a great design choice for busy kitchens. Whether you spend your time entertaining guests or entertaining your children, this kitchen design is highly functional for your varying needs. Review your budget, your available space, and current set up to determine if this design style is perfect for your home.