Efficient Kitchens Using Clever Design And Lay-Out

Why do homeowners renovate their kitchens? Their current kitchen, over the years, may have become old and worn out. Another reason is the kitchen layout, which used to work in the past, is no longer working for them. The kitchen may have become too small for their current needs or it was not designed well in the first place. Aside from having a great-looking kitchen, a big part of kitchen design is ensuring your time in the kitchen will be productive and efficient.

Whatever the reason, it is important to talk to a professional kitchen designer to get the best design for an effective kitchen. Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, it is important to get the layout and design right, to allow for efficiency, as well as the space needed for family members, guests and friends to spend quality time in. We have a few ideas below for you to consider before booking an appointment with our Craftbuilt designers. 

Kitchen Triangle

The kitchen’s work triangle is a very important design element to incorporate. It allows easy movement and flows in the kitchen by way of appropriate placement. The sink, refrigerator and cooktop are ideally set up in a triangular shape in the kitchen. These are the three major points in the kitchen used in food preparation and cleaning up.

Kitchen Work Triangle

Bench Tops/Work Surface

Ideally, if space allows, you will have some workspace/kitchen benchtop placed between each of these points, including the main kitchen benchtop. If your kitchen space is small, our knowledgeable designer may have some great ideas to tackle this issue.


Choosing The Best Kitchen Shape For You

There are many layout choices available when it comes to kitchens. Along with the different colour schemes, benchtop materials and styles, it would be impossible not to come up with a design that you like.

Our expert design and installation team at Craftbuilt Kitchens has over 45 years of experience in making your journey to owning a new kitchen a smooth one. Gone are the days of a standard kitchen style; there are some very unique designs out there and part of this comes from the different shapes available:

U-shaped Kitchens

The U shape is sometimes referred to as the L or J shape kitchen. However, there are subtle differences between the L and U shapes. The two walls that are parallel and perpendicular to a third, the U shape kitchen offers great functionality to the kitchen work triangle.

The benefits of the U-shaped kitchen are:

  • You can add an island bench
  • Lots of bench space
  • Great for small to medium areas
  • Maximises space available
  • The kitchen is not a walkthrough, so there is no traffic through the work area

L-shaped Kitchens

The L shape differs from the U shape in the sense that it has two bordering walls. This style of the kitchen changes the work triangle just a little by having the stovetop on the same wall as the fridge with the sink against the other.

The benefits of the L-shaped kitchen are:

  • Great for small spaces
  • Excellent for combined kitchen/dining spaces
  • Extra movable benchtops can be added to create more workspace


Galley Kitchens

The galley kitchen is amazing for functionality and is the preferred shape by chefs. The galley kitchen is easy to enter and exit with both ends being open and if built against parallel walls can easily have extra cupboard space added above each bench area.

The benefits of the galley kitchen are:

  • Excellent for small spaces
  • Drawer and cabinet openings don’t clash
  • Lots of bench space
  • Great with the work triangle

Clever Kitchens Designed With Ease

Homeowners, looking to upgrade or replace kitchens, find that visiting kitchen studios can give them fantastic ideas about what is the latest in space-saving as well as what is the most up-to-date design in kitchens.

At Craftbuilt Kitchens, clients are warmly greeted by showroom staff and shown a number of kitchen setups and samples that will help them understand the layouts discussed, as well as the different materials and colour schemes available.

Visiting the Craftbuilt Kitchens studio is far more interesting and informative than flicking through the pages of a kitchen renovation magazine or surfing online. But before you visit the showroom, why not take a look at what they can do for you when it comes to storage and other designs:

Overhead Cupboards

This kind of storage is a must in every kitchen. Without overhead cupboards, your kitchen would be lacking greatly in space. The expert designers at Craftbuilt can ensure you will have maximum storage space without your kitchen looking too cramped or cluttered.


Splashbacks don’t only look good but they also provide a great purpose in your kitchen. Cooking splatters, grease and moisture from steam or dishes will not be an issue with a beautiful kitchen splashback. You can choose from ultra-modern chrome, glass or more traditional tiles.

Nifty Storage Ideas

Aside from your usual cupboard space, Craftbuilt Kitchens can manufacture fantastic storage ideas that can keep your kitchen organised. Appliance cupboards are a great way to keep frequently used appliances handy and hidden from the bench. While pot drawers provide an easy and convenient way to access all your pots without scrounging through deep, dark cupboards.

Wine racks are another great addition for lovers of a good drop and they keep things looking organised. If there is something else you like to keep in abundance in the kitchen you can discuss a unique tailor-made storage idea with your designer.

Hidden Necessities

Many of us can’t do without certain items in the kitchen such as a dishwasher but such large appliances can sometimes take away from the effect of our chosen kitchen design. When it comes to this area, Craftbuilt has the solution. Kitchen panels that match your design can be used to conceal such white goods and give a more streamlined appearance to your kitchen.

Of course, Craftbuilt also takes care of your benchtops and pantries, ensuring each fits perfectly into the space you have to allow for the most workspace possible. Now, that you have an idea for your kitchen renovation design, visit Craftbuilt Kitchens at Unit 15, 76 Old Cleveland Road, Stones Corner, QLD 4120, Tuesdays to Saturdays, for your kitchen layout and renovation planning.

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