How to Create a Kitchen You'll Love

When it comes to kitchens, form and function are everything. Home Depot's home improvement expert Chris Long has the ultimate guide to the 5 most popular kitchen types. Plus - helpful tips on how to maximize your counter space.

Beata Santora, QDT editor
5-minute read

If cooking in your kitchen is anything less than a pleasant experience, you may be considering remodeling. But with so many options, it can be daunting to decide what to do. Where to begin?

The first and simplest thing to consider is that your kitchen's existing structural layout will largely determine whether (or how) it will serve its purposes and satisfy your cooking needs.

For instance, consider this common kitchen scenario:

Apartment-dwellers the world over are all-too familiar with this cramped kitchen layout. Sure, it's basically functional, but there's nothing fun about it!

A lazy cook's best friend, this layout facilitates cooking without much moving – you can literally turn around in a circle or pivot from side to side and never have to move your feet to whip up a meal.

The downside is that your meal is likely to consist of a box of mac-and-cheese because there's no storage or counter space for stocking shelves or prepping fresh food. But again, that type of no muss, no fuss cuisine might be right up your alley.

For those of us who desire a more upscale kitchen – or at least a kitchen on a larger scale – there is hope! Indeed, the one thing we have to credit this little city kitchen for is that it has the building blocks of a great layout: the classic work triangle.

Notice how the range/cooktop and the fridge and the sink are all located at the three different points of a triangle. This arrangement places all essential tools of food prep (refrigeration, heat, and water) within an easily navigable triangle. After all, even worse than a tiny kitchen is one that has your cooking components spread out to the far corners of the room rather than in close proximity to each other, where you end up running laps around the room – on second thought, sorry about that "lazy cook" crack...who wants to work out while making dinner?

But no matter if you’re making a bowl of mac-and-cheese, or a 5-course gourmet dinner, one thing we can all agree on is that the layout of your kitchen just has to work. And whether your kitchen works for you depends on your intended uses of the space and how the kitchen components are located in relation to each other.

To help bring your kitchen design or remodeling path to fulfillment, here are some classic kitchen layouts – plus a few extra helpings of food for thought: