The U-shaped kitchen design, also known as the Gulf or the Horseshoe kitchen, is more or less like a galley kitchen but with a third wall. It is one the
most practical of kitchen layouts providing an additional run of
potential storage or appliances space compared with a galley kitchen or
L-shaped kitchen. It's U-shape design makes it easy to access various areas of the kitchen without needing to walk across the room.
U-shaped kitchens is ideal for large kitchen spaces, but even small kitchens
can benefit from a U-shaped design as long as you have at least two meters of moving-around space between the opposite banks of units.
The U-shape kitchen design naturally fits the design concept of the ‘kitchen work triangle’: the fridge, cooker and/or hob
and sink. This will make
for a practical and time-efficient use of your space, which is harder to achieve in long, one wall, L-shaped or galley kitchens.
The window in a U-shaped kitchen is best located at the ‘U’ end. The sink should come under the window, allowing you to look out over your
garden while you wash up without having kitchen cabinets overhead.
The U-shaped kitchen is designed for high efficiency cooking – you will easily move between
your sink, ovens/cook-top and refrigerator. The design is often
considered to be the most efficient kitchen floor plan because of its
tight working triangle and the separation of the work area from the rest
of the family.
One major benefit of a U-shaped kitchen is that two or more cooks can
operate at the same time. The U-shape layout also lends its hand to
less traffic flow which helps keep people out of your hair when you’re
We will be guided by the size of your room and the light levels when deciding
on the look, style and color of your kitchen.
If the end of the U shape is open to the dining room or other area of the house, the U shaped kitchen isn’t great for privacy. For
the cook, the U-shape tends to be physically private even if the
arrangement might not be visually private. A full U-shape has one entry and doesn't have other exits to anywhere and there's no island for kids to run round so the cook is
unlikely to have to contend with too many unwanted kitchen visitors.