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Kitchen Design - Layouts

A well-designed kitchen starts with its layout, and selecting the right kitchen design layout is essential for creating a space that is both functional and stylish.

On this page, we will explore kitchen layouts ideas and showcase the most popular ones, along with real examples of our kitchen layout transformations from our kitchen renovation projects.

Island Kitchen Layouts


The Island kitchen design, also known as the ‘Modern Layout,’ is hugely popular among homeowners who enjoy entertaining, renovators, and new home builders.

This layout features a kitchen island in the center, with cabinets and appliances along the walls. It offers dual access to the kitchen and provides extra counter and storage space, making it ideal for preparing and serving meals, as well as hosting social gatherings.



Brighton East Kitchen Renovation

For the Carr Street Brighton East kitchen project, the original Peninsula layout was transformed into an open-plan island kitchen. The addition of the central island created a more spacious and modern kitchen design that is perfect for entertaining and everyday use. The island features seating space that faces the rear garden and provides additional counter and storage space.


L – Shaped Kitchen Layouts


The L-Shape Kitchen is one of the most popular kitchen design layouts in kitchen renovations because it’s efficient and works well for small to medium-size spaces and open-plan kitchen designs.  This layout features two adjacent walls of cabinets and appliances that form an L-shape, creating a natural work triangle between the sink, stove and fridge.



Brunswick Kitchen Renovation 

In the De Carle Street Brunswick apartment project, a tight kitchen space was redesigned from a U-shape to an L-shape. This resulted in a more spacious working area and more efficient storage and workflow.

Peninsula Kitchen Layouts


The Peninsula kitchen layout is an excellent choice for smaller open-plan homes and apartments, creating a clear separation between the kitchen and living areas. This design combines a back wall and an island bench attached to a return, providing extra counter and storage space.



Caulfield South Kitchen Renovation

For the Laura Street kitchen renovation project, two layout options were considered to enhance the kitchen’s functionality and storage. The original G Shape peninsula layout was kept and modernized to provide more bench space for meal preparation and cooking, as well as more storage options, making it convenient for multiple people to cook together. 

U-Shape Kitchen Layouts


U-Shape kitchens are ideal for larger kitchens, consisting of cabinetry and appliances arranged in a U-shape with three walls and one area of entry. This design provides ample countertop space and storage and allows for easy movement between work zones. 

Although a more traditional kitchen layout, careful design and using innovative storage solutions will help you to improve the flow and maximize the use of corner cabinets. If space allows, incorporating an island bench into a U-shaped kitchen layout can provide additional workspace and create a social setting for family meals. 

Below, you can see two examples: Grant St Oakleigh Kitchen Project and Cranham St Caulfield Kitchen Project. Both of them are of large U-shaped kitchens with central islands, featuring a wall of big appliance pantry that provides ample storage for the owners’ needs.










Galley Kitchen Layouts 


The Galley Kitchen arrangement has two parallel walls with a narrow aisle in between, ideal for small rectangular kitchen spaces. This layout is highly efficient in terms of workflow but may not provide an open and spacious feel.

Apart from being a practical choice for small kitchens, the galley layout is also a functional extension to open-plan kitchen designs for laundries and butler’s pantries.

To create an inviting atmosphere in a galley kitchen, it’s crucial to incorporate adequate lighting. Adding feature lighting to overhead units or LED lights along the kickboards can help brighten up the space and give it a modern touch.


Custom Kitchen Layouts


In some renovation projects, custom layouts are required to optimize odd-shaped kitchens or structural limitations. Consulting with a professional kitchen designer is crucial to evaluate the kitchen’s unique features and suggest creative design solutions.



Ripponlea Kitchen Renovation (Odd-Shape) 

Our Erindale Avenue Ripponlea Kitchen Project presented a unique challenge due to the odd-shaped kitchen space and angled load-bearing support wall. The team created an airy and modern open-plan layout with a casual breakfast bar, perfectly meeting the owners’ needs and preferences.

Begin Your Dream Kitchen Design with Us 


At Complete Kitchens, we specialize in custom kitchen design and cabinetry manufacturing. Our team of professional kitchen designers has extensive experience in various kitchen layouts, from standard designs to custom layouts that are tailored to your unique space and needs. We can incorporate customized cabinetry, advanced storage solutions, and other unique features to optimize the available space and enhance the kitchen’s functionality.

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