Jul 133 min read

Architect's Handbook- Kitchen Details

written by

Sonali K

How to properly design Kitchen Details

Planning your layout is extremely important if you want to get the most from your kitchen. It will help ensure you can keep your space neat, it will boost your workflow, it can allow you to introduce areas for relaxing or socializing and it will ultimately impact the overall ambiance of your space.

What you will be learning in this guide:

  1. Work zones

  2. Island style

  3. Peninsula kitchen

  4. L- shaped layout

  5. U- shaped layout

  6. Galley style

  7. One wall kitchen

1. Work zone of a kitchen- Work Triangle:

Developed in the early twentieth century, the working triangle also known as "the kitchen triangle," also known as "the golden triangle" is a theory that states a kitchen's three main work areas should form a triangle—specifically, the sink, the refrigerator, and the stove.


2. Island Style Kitchen

A kitchen island is a freestanding cabinet or countertop that is accessible from all sides. It provides additional workspace and storage space in the center of your kitchen, where preparation, cooking, and cleaning can all take place. Island kitchens can vary in size and shape, but the minimum recommended size of a fixed kitchen island is about 1000mm x 1000mm. Although small, these dimensions still allow for a practical working island, including the option of integrated appliances.



3. Peninsula Kitchen

A typical peninsula kitchen is a unit with a worktop, but instead of standing free in the middle of your kitchen, one end is attached to the wall. The Peninsula kitchen is between 1500 and 2200mm and depends on the size of the kitchen. The depth of a kitchen peninsula typically matches the depth of the rest of the counters, usually 640mm.



4. L - shaped kitchen

As the name suggests, an L-Shaped kitchen layout is formed of two adjacent walls and runs of cabinetry, often referred to as the “legs” of the L. L-Shape Kitchens are standard kitchen layouts that use two adjacent walls, or an L configuration. These kitchens have long linear lengths that range from 2400-4000 mm and short lengths of 900-2700 mm.



5. U- Shaped Kitchen

A U-shaped kitchen is a common layout that features built-in cabinetry, countertops, and appliances on three sides, with a fourth side left open or featuring a cased opening or entry door. U-Shape Kitchens should be sized with an estimated area of around 10 sq.m. Common widths of U-Shape Kitchen layouts range from 2700-3700mm with depths that vary as necessary.



6. Galley kitchen

A galley kitchen is a long, narrow kitchen that has base cabinets, wall cabinets, counters, or other services located on one or both sides of a central walkway. The width of a galley kitchen should be 2100-3600 mm with a minimum of 914 mm between opposing countertops. 914 mm of walking space between countertops is a bare minimum and is best reserved for single-occupancy kitchens.



7. One-wall kitchen

A one-wall kitchen is a kitchen that is all built into one linear wall. These types of kitchens are found typically in small homes and efficiency apartments to conserve floor space and construction costs. Typically, the minimum width-by-length dimensions are 1800x3000 mm. Such an arrangement leaves a minimum distance of 900x1200 mm for movement in the kitchen, any kitchen furniture, or any access.



These were a few of the important points to remember while designing Kitchens in buildings. Stay tuned for more such information on other important topics in the AEC industry and follow Kaarwan for such detailed guides!

Sonali K

Sonali K

A venturesome Architect who will take you on an expedition into the mesmerizing world of Architecture!