Some kitchen layouts work better than others for smaller areas. Which one you select depends on the size and structure of the room and also how you use the kitchen. Do you like to socialise when entertaining, or would you prefer some privacy? Do you love cooking, or do you find it a necessary evil? Before you go ahead and choose cabinetry and countertops, make sure you select the right layout first. 

Single-Wall Kitchens

This layout incorporates everything along one wall, including cabinetry, the sink, stove and appliances. Because all the kitchen apparatus are together to the side, the central room area remains free. This allows you to place a table and chairs if there is room. Such a model, though, may not be best if you are an avid baker. When cooking, you will need to walk from one end of the bench to the other, which can make things less efficient. Such a design can also limit benchtop and storage space as well. 

L-Shaped Kitchens

Another layout option that works for a small area is an L-shaped kitchen. With this model, two adjacent walls, on either side of a room corner, house the cabinetry and appliances. If you enjoy cooking, you will be able to prepare food in this model more efficiently. It forms a classic work triangle from the sink to the stove to the refrigerator. The most important elements will be handier than they are in a one-wall kitchen, and you will possibly have more bench space to work with. L  shapes make efficient use of limited space, again, because they take up the wall area rather than the central room space. Also, if you like to socialise while cooking, this design can create room for others to stand or sit around a table, entertaining you as you work.

Galley Kitchens

A galley kitchen is built upon two parallel walls, both housing the cabinetry, appliances and other culinary equipment. This model, popular in commercial kitchens, is exceptionally efficient when cooking. All the essential elements can be placed opposite each other to create practical working triangles. In a home kitchen, it might be better to locate all the cooking appliances together away from the washing-up area, as this allows two people to work at once in a narrow space. This style also offers abundant storage, as two opposing walls are lined with cabinetry, helping you to stay super organised. Of course, the availability of this design depends on whether your kitchen area is long and narrow in the first place. Also, as there may not be much clear floor space, this design is not a good option if you like to socialise when cooking. 

So when looking at DIY kitchens, before you select cabinetry, a benchtop and a splashback, keep in mind the overall layout that might best suit your own kitchen area and also one that will complement how you like to use it.