Make the most of a U-shaped kitchen with these tricks
1. This layout is one of the most practical options when it comes to maximising the available space and fitting in that working triangle of fridge, oven/hob and sink, but you’ll need two metres of space between the opposite rows to make it work.
2. If your particular design separates the kitchen from a dining area, consider a breakfast bar peninsula on the dividing section, a higher back section to create more of a division and to hide those dirty dishes, or a built-in bench seat area against the back panel.
3. The only downside of a U-shaped design is that it can sometimes look a bit hemmed in in a smaller space. To counteract this, consider shelves instead of wall cupboards all around and stick to light coloured units and worktops or go handleless.
4. If you can fit in a breakfast cupboard within a tall unit, this will hide away your microwave and small kitchen appliances to keep worktops clutter free.
Feature and styling by Karen Wilson / photos by Katie Lee