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Common Kitchen Layouts

One Wall Kitchen

Typically found in small homes, the one-wall kitchen works by keeping all appliances, cooking tools and ingredients within easy reach. It can even be hidden behind sliding or pocket doors to minimize visual clutter in a small, open space such as a studio apartment. As shown here, the sink often sits between the range and refrigerator, a convenient location for cleanup. This design also offers counter space on both sides of the range, which is an important code and safety consideration.


Unfortunately, the sink, range and refrigerator still take up a fair amount of counter space, so finding enough work room for food prep can be a challenge, as is having two cooks use the space. In a truly tiny one-wall kitchen, compact appliances such as a 24-inch range or 24-inch refrigerator can add some counter space while also providing more room for cabinet storage. Using the dining table or a movable island for additional work space is another common solution.


In fact, these days a one-wall kitchen with a built-in cabinetry island across from it has become a popular layout even in homes that aren't small, but that have open floor plans. Think loft-style condos or Southern-style long, narrow houses. Adding the island adds some of the efficiency of a galley layout without closing off the kitchen.

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