Kitchen Layouts

Determining a kitchen layout will be dependent on a number of consideration including the shape and amount of space available. There are a number of layouts and variations to these, the most common ones are covered in the website. The most important thing to bear in mind while making a decision on layouts is the key principles for workflow must be prioritized to ensure an effective functioning area with a smooth work through the zones.


The Galley-style kitchen runs along the wall of both sides of the kitchen space and can be an efficient use of the room, particularly in narrower areas. The galley layout allows for both efficient storage and various options for appliances placements.

Design tips

  • It’s important that the walkway between the two sides be no less than 1200mm and no wider than 1800mm.
  • Galley kitchens are usually enclosed rooms, it is important to focus on good lighting.
Damco Galley Style

The L-shape kitchen is situated in the corner of the room and can help to integrate the kitchen into adjoining areas. This style is ideal for small -to – medium or narrow space.

Design Tips

  • Try to incorporate an island bench into the design.
  • Place the fridge, pantry and oven along one wall, and the dishwasher/cleaning zone along the other wall.
Damco L shape style

It falls into the category of one of the commonly used layouts. This shape will provide plenty of bench space and will also define the kitchen area more distinctly that any other layout. The U-shape layout creates corner spaces that have traditionally been tricky to utilise and ensure maximum use of the space available. Today’s hardware options are making it much easier to access and use corners via a range of fittings that rotate or extend then fold away neatly.

Design tips

  • It is important to pay attention to the placement of the appliances to ensure oven doors and dishwashers don’t clash when opening or are not placed hard into a corner which can make them difficult to access and unpack.
  • Be careful of placing a island in the middle as it can affect the traffic flow.
Damco U shape Style
The peninsula layout is a great option for open-plan homes or apartments where the space is not too big as this design is easily adjusted in the length. The peninsula layout is very similar to a back-wall/island-style kitchen. The difference with the peninsula layout is that the kitchen island is anchored to a wall and there will be only one entrance into the kitchen.

Design Tips

  • The peninsula layout is not best suited for multiple cooks.

This layout allows the cook to interact with their guests and the family during day-to-day tasks and helps make the kitchen the heart of the home.

Damco Island Style

Design Tips

  • Always determine the length of the island based on the length of the back wall.
  • Think about the traffic flow when deciding on placement and size of the island.
Strait Line (One-wall)
This is the simplest of the kitchen layouts. As the name suggests, the whole kitchen is designed along one wall and is often seen in apartments where floor space is limited.

Design Tips

  • One-wall kitchens are great for small apartments. In these layouts, keep the dishwasher towards the end of the kitchen run.
Damco Island Style
Layouts Incorporating Seating

Most kitchen layouts can be designed to incorporate a casual seating or dining space. Many island inclusions have made allowance for a seated area – either at the same height as the island or a lowered extension. Just keep in mind that any inclusion for stools or chair must also incorporate space for legs which will, in turn, reduce the available storage space underneath the island.

Damco L shape Style

Design tips

  • Remember to consider the comfortable leg space plus provision to place the stool when determining the overhang for an island or breakfast bar.
Layouts Merging Outdoors / Alfresco

The Goal with this type of layout is to facilitate the movement between indoors and outdoors to allow this to happen seamlessly. Many indoor kitchens incorporate bi-fold windows or doors to allow food and guests to segue between outdoors and in with little effort.

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