Kitchens come in many sizes but typically conform to four basic shapes; Island, U-shape, Galley, and L-shape.

Each shape has its own advantages and limitation, knowing your general shape provides an excellent starting point when working with a designer and or selecting cabinetry and appliances.

Regardless of shape or size you’re working with, ideal kitchen designs should improve efficiency, provide uninterrupted workflow and maximize workspace and storage.

Below is an overview of each:


Island kitchens are usually found in larger kitchens although smaller kitchens with connecting dining or family rooms can be converted into island kitchens. These kitchens are usually U-shape or L-shape with an Island in the middle.


U-shaped kitchens are ideal for people that use their kitchens frequently. In this kitchen shape, cabinets and appliances are arranged along 3 adjoining walls that form a U-shape. These kitchens are the most efficient and flexible and offer the most work-top and storage space.


Galley kitchens make the best use of small spaces and are popular in Manhattan homes. These kitchens, also sometimes called Pullman or corridor kitchens typically consist of cabinets and appliances being situated along opposite facing walls. Space is usually limited in these kitchens.


L-shape kitchens have a practical, flexible and open floor plan. All appliances are on 2 connecting walls that form an L-shape. What makes them so flexible is that appliances can be placed in a variety of locations while keeping work areas close to one another. The corner part of the L-shape creates a large area that is ideal for storage.