Households with large kitchens offer a lot of benefits. An ‘island’ can separate the space making it look more attractive, helping with directing traffic, providing the best storage and offering the user ample countertop work space. At least 3 or 4 feet of aisle should be on either side of an ‘island’ to provide good traffic. However, in kitchens where space is limited, a small peninsula may be the best alternative. Always be mindful of your work triangle, if your kitchen has two points of the work triangle on walls opposite each other, don’t put an ‘island’ there because it will just get in the way.

There are basically four common types of kitchen layouts: “G,” “L,” “U,” and “Galley” (Peninsula).

G-Shaped (Peninsula)

This is a cozy layout with quite a bit of counter space. It connects the kitchen with the dining room using a common counter surface.


This is probably the most popular layout. There’s no traffic crossing through your work triangle and you have lost of counter space.


Surrounds you in the kitchen with more than enough counter space and appliances. Its perfect for an ‘island’ once the ‘U’ is large enough.


This layout is very efficient but there can be traffic that disrupts you and the counter space is limited.