U Shaped Open Kitchen
The U-shaped kitchen design is a popular option for interior designers, kitchen contractors and homeowners alike. The reason for its popularity comes from its efficient design and functionality. A U-shaped kitchen is installed along three walls, thus creating the opportunity for the ideal triangular working space and uninterrupted counter top runs.
A U-shape kitchen design keeps work zones compact and functional. Square kitchen islands, such as this one, can make use of open floor space in a large kitchen, creating a more cozy, U-shape layout and adding counter space, additional storage, and a second sink.The six-burner range, visible from the front door, is the main-level focal point of the kitchen design.
Shaped like a horseshoe, a U-shaped kitchen layout has three walls that are typically lined with cabinets and kitchen appliances, such as a refrigerator and stove. These kitchens are ideal for creating a large amount of storage and allowing for a free flow of kitchen activity.
Ideal for small spaces, U-shaped kitchens (sometimes called C-shaped kitchens) can accommodate only one or two cooks, depending on the width of the U. As its name suggests, this configuration features a horseshoe-shaped work area, with cabinets and counters running around three sides with an open end for access.
If your home has a U-shaped kitchen you're fortunate because it's one of the best layouts. Even if are working with a small space, you're probably in better shape than you think. 10 to 18 feet wide is optimal because once you go beyond that it becomes cumbersome to walk from wall to wall.
Most U-shaped kitchens are configured with three adjacent walls, as opposed to other kitchen designs such as L-shaped or galley, which only use two walls. While both of these other designs have their pluses, ultimately a U-shaped kitchen provides the most counter space for work areas and storage of countertop appliances.