Tips for Designing G-Shaped Kitchen
The G-shaped kitchen is the innovated form of U-shaped kitchen, which greatly enhances your cooking efficiency as well as your privacy. This version allows for complete utilization of every square inch within the kitchen space but doesn't require any clearance around a breakfast table or a kitchen island.
How does a G-shaped kitchen look like?
The G-shaped kitchen features an extra counter that is attached to one side of the U-shaped layout at a perpendicular angle, visually closing off the kitchen. The extra counter may refer to as a kitchen island or peninsula, which can provide additional workspaces and storage options for you. The peninsula shouldn't cause any traffic since it's primarily designed as a work aisle and not a walkway. This additional counter should be constructed with a durable countertop like natural stone and measure at least four feet wide to leave you enough clearance from the rest of the kitchen space.
The fourth leg can also be utilized as another cooktop, breakfast bar, and counter space for your daily kitchen essentials. If you don't have enough open space for the peninsula, choosing the G-shaped kitchen may seem not possible. You need at least 120 square feet to design a small G-shaped kitchen. It would be helpful to consider the concept of the work triangle when you start positioning your refrigerator, cooking stove, and sink.
G-shaped kitchen suggestions
The G-shaped kitchen idea may be suitable for medium and large spaces, particularly in an open-plan layout. What's important is to maintain a width size of four feet and the peninsula should not block you from entering the kitchen. As a general rule, allocate at least 120 square feet (less than 13 square meters) before considering a G-shaped kitchen. This expanded U-shaped version can also be adapted to larger spaces, provided that the spacing between your work zones will not exceed eight feet long.
The G-shaped kitchen may seem perfect for an open-plan loft since you get enough vertical open spaces. If space is enormous enough, you can just utilize one side of the G to a wall and allow the rest of the sides to extend out of the kitchen. This would create more counter spaces and base cabinet storage but lacks the opportunity to utilize the walls as storage. Unless you'd like to attach two sides of the G to the wall, this one-side attachment would provide more spaces for recreational and dining activities, close to the kitchen.
General layout tips for a G-shaped kitchen
- For smaller spaces, avoid positioning the peninsula in another angle other than the 90-degree angle.
- Build up the plan of your cabinets and storage after you have selected the locations of your refrigerator, sink, dishwasher, and cooktop. This method will help you maximize the potential of your walls as storage.
- Consider using "undercounter" refrigerator designs to save counter space.
- Only consider installing a ceiling rack if the position of your peninsula is permanent.
- Combine materials that create contrast like granite floors and white walls or hardwood and brick walls.
Layout tips for a small G-shaped kitchen
- Select between straight or diagonal entry to the G-shaped kitchen.
- While the ideal size is 48 inches, still maintain a walkway size of 36 inches, especially if there's a full-height cabinet on one side.
- Clear up the upper space of your peninsula as much as possible to avoid making your G-shaped kitchen looked cramped.
- Consider using the peninsula as additional eating space, particularly if you don't have a breakfast table.
- Maintain a clear spacing between 42 and 48 inches for the work aisles.
- Provide a 15-inch countertop overhang on three sides of the island if you intend to use it as an eating area.
Layout tips for a medium G-shaped kitchen
- Consider lining up the longest side of the G along the wall while allowing the remaining two sides to extend out.
- Medium G-shaped kitchen should have at least 150 square feet of open space (less than 17 square meters), counters excluded.
- If you decide to place your refrigerator near the entrance, doors should be directed towards the work area.
- For the medium-size kitchen, the peninsula can go longer up to six feet in width, provided that it doesn't cause traffic at the entrance.
- A functional work triangle should be maintained where the cooktop, refrigerator, and kitchen sink are located opposite to each other.
Layout tips for a large G-shaped kitchen
- Utilize a 45-degree angle for enhanced workflow, provided that you position the refrigerator at the corner.
- Similar to the medium G-shaped kitchen, maintain an efficient work triangle by placing the sink, cooking range, and refrigerator opposite to each other.
- Maintain a clear distance of 48 to 60 inches as your work aisle.
- Utilize all available counter space for multiple cooks.
Layout tips for a G-shaped kitchen with island
- Allocate at least 256 square feet (16x16 feet) of open space to fit a kitchen island in the G-shaped kitchen.
- Maintain four feet clear distance between the island and wall counters for better traffic flow.
- You may utilize the island as additional counter space for small kitchen appliances or use it as another seating area.
- Remember to install task lighting or pendant lighting to light up the island at the center of your work area.
- Settle for materials with excellent reflective properties like polished granite since you have a wide space to light up.
- Disregard installing any hanging cabinets or ceiling racks as these additional storage options can make your kitchen dark.
Pros and cons of G-shaped kitchen layout
The G-shaped kitchen seems like an extended form of the U-shaped kitchen with the addition of a fourth leg, which is often referred to as peninsula. Here are the pros and cons of this interesting kitchen layout to help you determine if it's suitable for your cooking needs.
- Enhances the privacy of the kitchen space while allowing more movements and storage options
- Allows for more working zones and cabinet spaces
- Provides more under-counter storage options due to additional base cabinets
- The peninsula serves as a visual connection that links guests and kitchen users
- Suitable for open-plan living
- Enhances work triangle efficiency while allowing more cooks inside
- Requires more open space to build
- Not suitable for individuals who live alone
- Tends to make the kitchen look smaller due to the abundance of wall cabinets and counters
- Not suitable for a large gathering of people especially if space is small
- Longer time to complete the project
The G-shaped kitchen may provide you the abundance of counter space for a better cooking experience, but it may also give you some challenges on how you can fully maximize its potential. In every kitchen remodel, the functionality of your space is the most important factor on top of aesthetics and desired kitchen character.
- Dale Basilla