How to design an L-shaped Kitchen? There are nine ways to maximize your space

Experts agree that the classic L-shaped layout is one of the most popular and tried and tested. It’s practical yet offers many design options to maximize each space. How can you make the most of an L-shaped kitchen, whether it’s a small, compact room or a spacious, open-plan space? What are the best design tricks and tips to make the L-shaped kitchen a beautiful and functional space for the whole family?

Simon Taylor, the managing director of Simon Taylor Furniture, explains that a small kitchen layout or a large kitchen layout with an L shape is a space-efficient and modern solution. The L-shaped kitchen usually has a long, tall run of cabinetry along the wall with plenty of storage and built-in appliances. A shorter run is either against a wall at 90 degrees or a peninsular. We always recommend adding a kitchen island to an open-plan kitchen to provide additional storage and to separate the surface cooking and preparation areas.

The traditional L-shaped layout is also an ideal one for incorporating the “kitchen triangle” rule so that the three functions of the sink, fridge, and stove can be easily reached, with a maximum distance of nine feet.

Melissa Klink is the creative director of Harvey Jones. She says that L-shaped kitchens work well for people who want everything close by and a nearby worktop. If the space is limited, core appliances like ovens can be placed under the hob or at eye level on one end. The dishwasher should be placed near the sink. If the L-shaped kitchen includes a peninsular and breakfast bar seating, it is always recommended to have a space nearby for a wine refrigerator.

Homes & GardensWhile there are endless areas of the home we could spend time clearing and organizing, we feel the refrigerator is one of the most important. It may be tempting to stuff as much into the refrigerator as possible when you return from the store. However, organizing your fridge properly will result in less waste and more storage. This will prevent you from storing items in your icebox unnecessarily and reduce the amount of food that is wasted across the country. Volume 0% PLAY SOUND


We’ve put together our favorite design tricks for making a classic L-shaped layout work in your kitchen, even if it is a smaller kitchen.

Work the Kitchen Triangle Rule with an Island

An island unit is a simple way to maximize the flexibility of a L-shaped kitchen. It will provide more storage in the kitchen and counter space, and it will also ensure that the fridge, stove, and sink are all within easy reach. The island units can be customized to fit your needs, whether it’s extra storage, a second sink, or more prep space. They also provide a place for friends and family to gather.

The island unit in this beautiful L-shaped Kitchen from DeVOL is painted a warm neutral color called Mushroom. It has a vintage, modern feel. To create a focal point and differentiate zones, the island has a custom-made aged copper worktop that contrasts with the pale stone and dark veining of the L shape, main, and perimeter.

Take the architecture into account.

This charcoal L-shaped kitchen’s strict lines and modern feel contrast with the old Norwegian farmhouse’s simple architectural bones and the simplicity of its rest. This is a perfect example of how to renovate an old building while adding a contemporary dimension. The kitchen features sleek black cabinets from IKEA and dark crystal-flecked granite from Lundhs. This creates a timeless, L-shaped silhouette.

Hege Lundh is the director of marketing and business development at Lundhs Real Stone. She says that the homeowners who chose all-black cabinetry for their kitchen kept the upper walls clear of cabinets to maintain the sense of space. The final result is a welcoming, perfectly balanced space with a dark kitchen countertop, brushed brass tap, and light wood flooring.


This L-shaped classic kitchen is a great example of a space that works well on many levels. The main cabinetry includes ergonomically banked appliances, and there is a lot of storage. An island unit adds more storage space and creates an informal dining area.

Tom Howley, design director, explains that the L-shape is a great choice for large spaces, as it can transform into a seating space and offer extra counters and cupboards.

It is possible to create the illusion of more space by using different cabinet colors. To pull together an open-plan kitchen, it is best to look at the entire space and create multiple zones. Divide the space into zones and assign functions to each one: a cooking area, a dining area with friends, a lounge area, or a small office.


The L-shaped layout is a great option for narrower kitchens. One longer run of cabinetry and a shorter return create a functional design. Consider adding a long, hard-working galley-style island. This will increase storage and cooking possibilities. This kitchen’s L-shaped return could be extended to accommodate a corner-seat nook.

Jessica Nelson,  kitchen at Jessica Nelson Interiors, says: “We added the banquette corner dining to provide a nice landing area for family and friends in”the kitchen.” Our client was thrilled about adding wallpaper to this area, which elevated the cozy feel of”the space.

Be aware that at least 3ft of space is required between the island and kitchen base cabinets. This will allow for easy traffic around the kitchen and ensure that cupboards and appliances can open without hitting each other.