L-Shaped vs. U-Shaped Kitchens

Maximize Your Space

The layout of your kitchen is largely dictated by the space you have to work with. The most common kitchen cabinet layouts are L-shaped or U-shaped. Either layout can include an island in the center that offers extra space for food preparation, cooking, or casual dining. Smaller kitchens may be laid out with two parallel rows of cabinets facing each other. This is called a "galley" kitchen.

L-Shaped Kitchens

The L-shaped layout fits many homes perfectly, and is a very efficient way to lay out your kitchen. Many L-shaped kitchen cabinet designs also incorporate an island or peninsula, helping you maximize your counter and storage space. To see some lovely kitchens using this design, check out our online gallery.

U-Shaped Kitchens

Designing kitchen cabinetry in a U-shape yields a space-efficient room that is very easy to work in. Whether you go for subtle or dramatic cabinetry, you can customize this look for your space. Visit the online gallery for examples of U-shaped kitchens.


Today's appliance choices are virtually endless. For cooking, you can choose gas, electric or convection. You can design around a cooktop with wall oven(s), or a freestanding range. You can build in microwave/convection ovens, warming drawers, and even commercial-grade grills. The choices in counter tops, backslpashes, lighting, flooring, and countless other details. We won't try to address them here. 

Your Showplace dealer will have lots of choices and good ideas to show you, so make use of their expertise. 

Need inspiration?

Check out our online gallery for creative ideas.

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