How to equip a u-shaped kitchen

Due to the fact that the U-shaped kitchen uses three adjacent walls and two corners, it can be called a real dream kitchen.

  • First, it is very convenient for it to prepare and conduct all work processes, from unloading products and finishing cleaning;
  • Secondly, it provides more storage and cutting surfaces than any other form of kitchen;
  • Thirdly, it is quite universal - it can be adjusted to the features of the space, varying the distance between the sidewalls, their size, shape or replacing one of them with a peninsula or a bar counter.

At the same time, the U-shaped set is the most cumbersome and requires a minimum of 5 sq. M. meters of free space. It turns out that if the room is small, the dining room will have to equip a very tiny one or completely replace it with a bar counter, which itself is part of the letter P. In addition, such a layout is not possible in a narrow room, when the short walls of the room have a width of less than 2.2 m, because the passage is too narrow, and this is not only inconvenient, but also prohibited by fire safety rules. Disadvantage of U-shaped kitchen can be called the fact that it is not very convenient to cook in a pair and especially in a trio - it is too close.

From this material, you will learn whether the U-shape is optimal for your kitchen and, if so, how to equip and plan it in the best possible way. And here you will find 55 photo-examples of U-shaped kitchens for inspiration and search for design ideas.

In which cases is the U-shaped headset an optimal solution?

  • If your kitchen is square or rectangular, the letter "P" will fit into her hurray - the passage between the two sidewalls will not be too wide and not too narrow.
  • If кухня используется только как рабочее помещение, а столовая вынесена в отдельную комнату либо в присоединённую гостиную, то у вас нет причин отказываться от столь удобной планировки.
Kitchen-living room with U-shape set

Design of a U-shaped kitchen with a dining room in the adjoining living room

  • If вы любите готовить, делаете это часто и много, то П-образный гарнитур сделает готовку еще приятнее, ускорит и облегчит все кулинарные процессы.
  • If ваша кухня имеет эркер, и вы готовы organize the workspace under the window, then you naturally get a U-shaped, or rather a C-shaped set.
  • C-shaped kitchen with a bay window of 13 square meters. m
  • C-shaped kitchen with a bay window of 13 square meters. m
  • C-shaped kitchen with a bay window of 13 square meters. m
  • C-shaped kitchen with a bay window of 13 square meters. m
  • For kitchen-living room or for an apartment-studio P-shaped layout with a peninsula or a bar counter is ideal, as it will organically divide the space into zones.
  • Set with a peninsula and a French windowKitchen area of ​​14 square meters. meters with a U-shaped set and a glass partition
  • Set with a peninsula and a French windowKitchen area of ​​14 square meters. meters with a U-shaped set and a glass partition
  • Set with a peninsula and a French windowKitchen area of ​​14 square meters. meters with a U-shaped set and a glass partition
  • Set with a peninsula and a French windowKitchen area of ​​14 square meters. meters with a U-shaped set and a glass partition
  • Set with a peninsula and a French windowKitchen area of ​​14 square meters. meters with a U-shaped set and a glass partition
  • Set with a peninsula and a French windowKitchen area of ​​14 square meters. meters with a U-shaped set and a glass partition

12 advices on arrangement

1. That the kitchen turned out to be convenient, when planning, observe the rule of the "working triangle"

According to this rule, the cooker, sink and refrigerator must form a triangle and be located next to each other. The U-shaped layout is good in that it allows you to easily observe this rule. You can take one of the three walls under each work point, or you can build a slab and a sink along one wall, and place the refrigerator opposite, as shown in the plan below.

Working Triangle

2. It is important that the passage is not too narrow and not too wide

The optimal and most convenient distance between the sides of the cabinet is 120 cm. The minimum allowable distance is 90 cm. And the maximum distance is 180 cm. The passage of greater width will deprive the U-shaped kitchen of the main advantage - convenience.

3. If проход тесен и неудобен, сделайте одну боковину гарнитура более узкой и скошенной

If одна из боковин гарнитура расположена близко к дверному проему и затрудняет вход на кухню, то ее можно и нужно сделать скошенной и более узкой (например, глубиной 45 см). Такое же решение будет актуально, если кухня маленькая и при стандартных размерах тумб расстояние между двумя боками кухни не дотягивает до комфортных 100-120 см.

P-shaped headset with narrow sidewall

  • Beveled kitchen cabinetAn example of a beveled kitchen cabinet
  • Beveled kitchen cabinetAn example of a beveled kitchen cabinet

Also, the pedestal, located at the entrance to the kitchen, can have a trapezoidal or rounded shape. Examples of such configurations are shown in the photo below.

Set P-shaped with trapezoid pedestal at the entrance

A small U-shaped kitchen with a trapezoidal pedestal at the entrance

  • U-shaped kitchen area of ​​12.8 square meters. m
  • U-shaped kitchen area of ​​12.8 square meters. m
  • U-shaped kitchen area of ​​12.8 square meters. m
  • U-shaped kitchen area of ​​12.8 square meters. m
  • U-shaped kitchen area of ​​12.8 square meters. m

4. One side of the headset may be shorter

So you can allocate more space for a dining group or make the entrance to the kitchen more free.

5. To save space in a small kitchen, build a window sill in the headset

For этого его нужно сравнять с уровнем напольных тумб, приподняв или опустив окно, а затем объединить с гарнитуром единой столешницей. Встроенный подоконник может стать как боковой, так и центральной частью П-образного гарнитура, а использовать его можно как барную стойку или рабочую поверхность.

  • If вы хотите to change a window sill in a bar rack, complete the table top with one or two legs (if necessary), close the radiator with a decorative screen and put a pair bar stools.
Window sill-bar counter-central part of headset

U-shaped kitchen with a bar counter in the center

  • If же вы хотите использовать подоконник как рабочую поверхность, под столешницу необходимо встроить тумбы без задней стенки и закрыть их фасадами. Таким образом, вы спрячете радиатор и создадите дополнительные места хранения. Ниже на фото представлен пример kitchen area of ​​only 5 square meters. m, in which it became possible to build a U-shaped set only due to the alteration of the window sill.
  • U-shaped kitchen layout in Khrushchev
  • U-shaped kitchen layout in Khrushchev
  • U-shaped kitchen layout in Khrushchev

Встраивая подоконник в гарнитур, не забудьте сделать в столешнице вентиляционные отверстия для прохождения тепла от радиатора к окну. If этого не сделать, велика вероятность, что окна начнут запотевать, из-за чего ниша покроется плесенью и грибком.

By the way, if you do not have the ability to raise / lower the window, and the difference between the height of the window sill and the pedestals is not large, then the junction between the multi-leveled countertops can be closed with a corner, as shown in the photo below.

Building a window sill in a set

6. In order not to clutter the kitchen, if possible, discard the lockers completely or partially

Even one empty wall will "lighten" the space, especially if the kitchen is not large. And to compensate for storage, one or two walls can be equipped with a block of high pencil cases and, at the same time, carefully plan the lower bollards.

  • Equip the corners of the lower tier with roundabouts or pull-out multi-level baskets. Swing boxes prefer rolling drawers. And even a pedestal with a pair of mini-boxes on wheels. So the kitchen will contain everything you need.

Replace hanging cabinets can be a pair of open shelves. Although they are not very practical, they look much lighter.

  • U-shaped kitchen without hanging cabinets
  • U-shaped kitchen without hanging cabinets

See also the material on the topic: Kitchen without closets: 6 ideas for storage of things, 5 layout options and 40 photos for inspiration.

7. Project the headset to the ceiling and / or embed the sides of the case, if you want to create a roomy storage system

If вам необходимо создать максимум мест хранения, спроектируйте высокий гарнитур с дополнительным ярусом и/или одну либо сразу две боковины оснастите шкафами-пеналами.

  • By the way, the canisters are perfectly combined with the built-in appliances - a refrigerator, an oven and a microwave. This combination is good not only for its spaciousness, but also for the fact that it "merges" with the wall and becomes almost invisible.
  • U-shaped kitchen area of ​​14.5 square meters. meters
  • U-shaped kitchen area of ​​14.5 square meters. meters

8. Choose facades of white or in the tone of the walls

The U-shaped set itself is massive and monumental, so it should be "lightened" in all accessible visual ways, especially when it comes to a small kitchen. Here are some tips on how to do this:

  • If подобрать фасады в тон стен, то шкаф будто «растворится» в пространстве, и кухня не будет казаться такой уж тесной. В идеале цвет стен и фасадов для кухни с П-образной планировкой должен быть светлым. Например, подойдет белый, бежевый, светло-серый или кремовый оттенок. Ниже на фото вы можете рассмотреть interior of 10-meter kitchen with beige walls and beige U-shaped set.
  • Beige U-shaped kitchen
  • Beige U-shaped kitchen
  • Beige U-shaped kitchen
  • Beige U-shaped kitchen
  • Beige U-shaped kitchen

Beige U-shaped kitchen, стол

  • The most unbeatable and universal color of the U-shaped headset is white. With him, even the smallest kitchen will seem spacious.
White U-shaped kitchen

White U-shaped kitchen

  • Do you want dark or bright colors? You can decorate them with a lower tier, one of the parts of the headset or even an apron.
  • U-shaped kitchen
  • U-shaped kitchen
  • U-shaped kitchen
  • U-shaped kitchen
  • U-shaped kitchen
  • U-shaped kitchen
  • Glossy facades work well in a small and dark kitchen. After all, the gloss reflects light and makes furniture "weightless". The same effect will create and glass inserts.
  • Want to achieve maximum ease? Choose solid facades without panels and even without handles as in the following photo-example. The more homogeneous the surface of the kitchen, the better.

White U-shaped kitchen без ручек

9. To make a large U-shaped kitchen more convenient will help the island

In a very spacious kitchen, a large U-shaped set becomes uncomfortable. The island will help to correct this defect. The main thing is that the passages around it are wide enough - at least 90 cm.

Мобильный островок и U-shaped kitchen

10. Create Enough Lighting

The table top should be illuminated along the entire length from the beginning and up to the end with a furniture illumination or wall sconces. Ceiling fixtures and hangers are suitable for illuminating the sink (see photo), as well as a built-in peninsula or bar counter.

Маленькая U-shaped kitchen

Illumination of the peninsula of the U-shaped kitchen

11. Strive for symmetry and focus on the center of the headset

П-образная планировка выглядит наилучшим образом когда скомпонована симметрично и имеет красивый центр. If у вас есть возможность такой компоновки без ущерба удобству, непременно воспользуйтесь ею.

  • The center can be a hood above the stove, a sink with a nice chandelier or, say, a window with a beautiful curtain.

Симметричная U-shaped kitchen

Симметричная U-shaped kitchen

  • U-shaped kitchen в стиле ПровансSymmetrical U-shaped kitchen in a classic style
  • U-shaped kitchen в стиле ПровансSymmetrical U-shaped kitchen in a classic style

12. Use the corners for 100%

Two corners of the kitchen should not be wasted, especially since they have great potential.

  • As we have already mentioned, it is necessary to equip corner pedestals with sliding multi-level systems or a carousel. So the corners will be deprived of the "dead zones" and will be very convenient.
  • At least one of the corners should be equipped with a sink or stove. In this case, it is desirable that the corner cabinet has a trapezoidal shape as in this kitchen in the photo below.

Kitchen set with a sink in the corner and peninsula

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