A u-shaped kitchen has counters and appliances laid out in the shape of a U, with 3 sides and 2 corners. This kitchen floor plan type is called a c-shaped kitchen in some locales since the shapes are similar. U-shaped kitchens are one of the most popular layouts as they provide a generous amount of counter space and storage. Plus, the shape lends itself to the popular kitchen work triangle: you can place the stove/range on one side, the sink on another, and the refrigerator on the 3rd side, creating an efficient workspace.Read More
If your planned kitchen area already has 3 walls, a u-shaped kitchen is a natural layout choice for your floor plan. You can locate the appliances, cabinets, and counters along the room’s perimeter with an open access point where a 4th wall would be. If you don’t have 3 walls to work with, don’t fret! You can still create a u-shaped kitchen using 2 walls, with the third side being a peninsula. This layout makes an excellent open floor plan and provides the opportunity for a breakfast bar or seating along the outside of the peninsula counter.
U-shaped kitchens can work well in small, medium, or large kitchens in a variety of shapes. Here are a few size and measurement-related tips to keep in mind:
Small or narrow kitchen. If your kitchen is small or narrow, you can still design a u-shaped kitchen. Just make sure you have at least 3.5 ft (1 m) of space between the opposite sides of the U to allow room to move around. Otherwise, the u-shape can feel too enclosed. Overall, your kitchen should be at least 7.5 ft (2.3 m) wide to accommodate counter widths plus the open space.
Medium-size or square kitchen. A u-shape is ideal in a medium size kitchen, where you’ll have a comfortable amount of space between the opposite sides - enough that the kitchen is spacious, but not so much that it’s a long walk between appliances. Many u-shaped kitchen floor plans have walls that are equal in size, creating a square shape to the kitchen, which is a pleasing layout.
Large kitchen. If your kitchen area is an ample space, you may find that a u-shape will place your appliances and work areas too far apart. In this case, consider a u-shaped kitchen plus an island. This popular combination adds an island in the middle of a large U shape. You can then locate one of your appliances on the island, plus you’ll end up with extra prep, storage, and eating space.
Check out our templates and ideas and create your perfect u-shaped kitchen.