Remodeling 101: The L-Shaped Kitchen

Medium Plenty Oakland, California L-Shaped Kitchen

Looking for a kitchen layout, with space for multiple cooks and onlookers? Consider the versatile L-shape, a two-walled setup that tucks neatly into a corner while remaining open to the surrounding space. The L-shaped kitchen works especially well in lofts and open-living setups where it’s often wrapped around an island or dining table. Here’s a look at some favorite examples:

L-Shaped Kitchen Diagram
Above: A diagram illustrates how the ergonomic kitchen work triangle (stove, refrigerator and sink) can work in an L-shaped kitchen. Diagram from Momentum Construction.
Medium Plenty Oakland, California L-Shaped Kitchen
Above: The kitchen of an Oakland, California bungalow renovated by Ian Read and Gretchen Krebs of Medium Plenty. See Kitchen of the Week: Oakland Family Kitchen by Medium Plenty for more on the project.
Irene Neuwirth Commune Design Kitchen in LA
Above: A glamorous L-shaped kitchen belonging to jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth designed for her by Commune. See Kitchen of the Week: Irene Neuwirth’s Glamorous LA Kitchen by Commune for more.
Shelves run across the short leg of this L-shaped kitchen, providing open storage for kitchenware from Kitchen of the Week: A Six-Week Transformation in Los Feliz.
Above: Shelves run across the short leg of this L-shaped kitchen, providing open storage for kitchenware from Kitchen of the Week: A Six-Week Transformation in Los Feliz.
Lisa and Chris Goode Hamptons Kitchen Sourced on Etsy
Above: Owners Lisa and Chris Goode installed an L-shaped kitchen in the top-to-bottom renovation of their Hamptons house. For more see Kitchen of the Week: A Hamptons Kitchen with a Custom Island Sourced on Etsy.
Dinesen Heart Oak Floor in Bech Apartment, Copenhagen
Above: Butcher block counters and a Dinesen Heart Oak Floor complement a wooden dining table in an otherwise rigorously white L-shaped kitchen in Copenhagen. Photograph courtesy of Dinesen.
Brooklyn Home Company L-Shaped Kitchen
Above: The Brooklyn Home Company created an L-shaped country kitchen with a long wood table and open shelving in a Brooklyn townhouse apartment.
O'Neill Rose Architects West Side Townhouse Kitchen
Above: A streamlined fireplace and island face an expansive L-shaped kitchen in a New York brownstone by architecture firm O’Neill Rose, a member of the Remodelista Architect/Design Directory. A window wall at the far end provides storage and separates the working kitchen from the breakfast room. See how O’Neill Rose rebuilt the house behind a landmarked 19th century facade in A Brownstone for the 21st Century. Photograph by Michael Moran courtesy of O’Neill Rose Architects.
Food52 Kitchen Design Brad Sherman
Above: Designer Brad Sherman used the L-shape model for his design of the Food52 Kitchen. See Kitchen of the Week: The Ultimate Staff Kitchen in NYC for more on the project.
Abby Campbell London Kitchen
Above: London photographer Abi Campbell’s L-shaped kitchen has a Carrara-marble counter and Plain English cabinets that end in a glass-doored pantry. See more details, including the pantry layout, in a Photographer’s Kitchen in London. Inspired? See Kitchen Confidential: 10 Ways to Achieve the Plain English Look.

We’ll be examining kitchen layouts all week. So far we’ve looked at The U-Shaped Kitchen. If you’ve got your eye on a wood floor for your kitchen, see The World’s Most Beautiful Wood Floors. For advice on all sorts of remodeling issues, dip into our Remodeling 101 posts.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on March 12, 2014.

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