U Shaped Kitchen

With a U Shaped Kitchen, you have easy access to the main preparation, washing and cooking areas. While most u shaped kitchens don’t allow enough space for a table and chairs, they tend to function well by allowing generous space between the various areas. 

In the above example of a u shaped kitchen there is an efficient work triangle demonstrated between the refrigerator, sink and stove.  

The U-shaped kitchen is the most versatile layout for kitchens large and small because the layout offers continuous counter tops and ample storage, which surround the cook on three sides.  

In larger kitchens, this floor plan is spacious enough to be divided into multiple work stations for cooks to easily prepare a meal together without getting in each other's way.

U Shaped Kitchen - The Setup

The u shaped kitchen has evolved as storage needs have increased. It provides a massive expanse of counter and storage space as well as great flexibility.

Like the one-wall and galley kitchen layouts, a u shaped kitchen layout is an efficient kitchen designed for one primary cook. Basically a wide galley kitchen with one end closed off, it keeps onlookers out of the main work area while remaining open to other rooms of the home and allowing traffic to pass.

Efficiency 

 Problems with the traditional u shaped kitchen typically arise due to its small size. For one, it doesn't offer room for a kitchen table and chairs. Secondly, depending on where the sink is situated, it may be impossible to fit the dishwasher right next to it.

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 Moving the refrigerator out of the main U shape can give you more food and cookware storage near the rangetop and ovens.   While many u shaped kitchens do not have enough room for a dining table or island dining, the above two examples show that you can squeeze seating area into this layout.  

Cooking

The ease of cooking in a u shaped kitchen largely comes down to the size of the kitchen.  For a one-cook kitchen the tighter spaces and more compact zones may be beneficial.  However, it's difficult for multiple cooks to all be productive with this layout. 

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