Kitchen Layouts

At Kilfoy Cabinets, we custom design, manufacture and install all our kitchens ourselves – in Cairns.

The layout of a kitchen will be determined by the shape and size of the space, as well as your own style and taste. Below we've listed the most common kitchen designs, and their pros and cons.

U–shape kitchen

This suits small and large kitchens. Its efficient shape prevents household traffic from moving through the kitchen and offers maximum bench and storage space. One of the legs of the U can be used as a breakfast bar.

In a small space you can be closed in so consider storage planning so hard–to–access corner cupboards are used effectively.

L–shape kitchen

Best suited to narrow rooms, long rooms or open­ plan living areas, the L–shaped kitchen frees up workspace and provides a good amount of storage below the countertop. The design also minimises walking distances between main working areas.

While some storage may be lost at the corner of the cabinets, we have products to overcome this. This kitchen is often integrated with the meals area in open­ plan designs.

Single–line kitchen

Works well in small spaces and provides extra floor space. Storage is overhead and appliances are under the bench top, leaving a large workspace for chopping and other activities. Position workstations and appliances so that work flows along it for efficiency and safety.

This layout can be inefficient for serious cooks, and with a doorway at either end of the kitchen it can become a traffic area. It is advised to position the stove so it gets the least possible through–traffic.

Two–way galley

This design is an efficient use of space, with cabinets down each side. Walking distance is minimal as cupboards are behind and in front of you.

There needs to be enough space between the two sides so that you can cook effectively and people can walk around you. The two–way galley can suffer from the same problems with household traffic as the single–line kitchen.


Combines any kitchen design with a separate workbench (the island) for food preparation. This works best in large areas and can be helpful when more than one person is cooking