Choosing the right layout for your kitchen can be incredibly difficult. You need to think not only of the aesthetic you’re going for, but also how you actually plan to use the space. However, if you don’t want to overcomplicate your thinking, you may find that it’s best to go with a tried-and-true layout. And, when it comes to tried-and-true layouts for kitchens, the U-shape is number one.
It makes sense when you think about it. A U-shaped kitchen allows you to keep everything in front of you. On one counter you can do all of your prep work, while the oven and range sit right behind you. However, just because a U-shaped kitchen makes laying out appliances easier, that doesn’t mean that achieving the aesthetic you want is any easier!
In the examples that follow, we’ll be taking a look at 52 beautiful U-shaped kitchen designs. Some of these designs will be for smaller kitchen spaces, and others will be for larger kitchens. Regardless of size, though, each example demonstrates sound design techniques that you can use in the conception of your own U-shaped kitchen. So come take a look, and get inspired by these stunning examples!
With countertops extended on both sides, the center of this U-shaped kitchen design is the range and oven.
2. Double Oven
This kitchen design adopts the same layout as the last, except this time there’s a double oven and more space between the flanking countertops.
If you don’t have a lot of space for a kitchen, the U-shaped design can offer the most effective layout.
With plenty of open counter space across from the range and oven, there’s plenty of space to work in this small U-shaped kitchen.
If you have an open-concept home, then a U-shaped kitchen layout like this can work exceptionally well in terms of maximizing available space.
The U-shaped layout can also work particularly well for larger kitchens, particularly if there’s an island included in the middle.
The purple wall cabinets of this U-shaped kitchen are the perfect complement to the beautiful wood used on the cabinets below.
Those who have an appreciation for contemporary style will find a lot to love in this U-shaped kitchen design.
9. Wrapping U
This wrap around U-shaped kitchen is beautiful, and the chairs placed at the counter are a beautiful design touch.
The layout of this kitchen is very similar to the last, however it makes some different choices with respect to décor and lines.
11. Super U
With angled section of counter, this U-shaped kitchen provides a premium of space, which is only increased by the center island.
The brown front of the countertop that extends into the open-concept space works nicely with the hardwood floors.
13. Open Up
Check out how the backdoor in this beautiful U-shaped kitchen opens up to the dining room. So convenient!
In a thin U-shaped kitchen, you could use a kitchen island like this if you’re concerned about providing seating.
The white cabinets and countertops of this U-shaped kitchen are perfect for soaking in natural light.
16. The View
In a corner area of the home, a U-shaped kitchen be just the thing for accentuating the views out of the windows.
17. Stained Glass
The hanging bit of stained glass over the countertop adds a bit of Mediterranean charm to this U-shaped kitchen design.
18. Accent Appliance
The steel of the oven and range at the back of this kitchen design adds a necessary accent to the all-white look.
As with any other kitchen layout, color is tremendously important when trying to add vibrancy to the design.
With tile floors and bulky steel appliances, this U-shaped kitchen manages to achieve a thoroughly industrial look.
21. Changing Floors
Check out how the slightly different hardwood floors of this U-shaped kitchen differentiate it from the dining room beyond.
The vertical space present in this U-shaped kitchen design with high ceilings is filled up with white drapes.
Including a small built-in bookshelf at the edge of this contemporary U-shaped kitchen design is a deft idea.
The deep stain on the hardwood floors and the cabinets in this kitchen design is perfectly balanced by the granite countertops and beige backsplash.
You can extend granite countertops up the walls to create a backsplash to create uniformity of design in a U-shaped kitchen.
26. Make It Big
In a smaller U-shaped kitchen, white works wonderfully, especially if you’re trying to capture natural light within the space.
The medium stain on the wood of these cabinets helps this U-shaped kitchen to “pop out” in the space.
28. Wine Rack
The end of your counter in a U-shaped kitchen can be a perfect place to build in a wine rack.
29. No Counter
In some U-shaped kitchens, you’ll find that it’s best to leave one side of the U clear of any countertops.
30. Grey and White
One has to admire the way in which this beautiful U-shaped kitchen balances grey and white cabinets.
31. Bigger U
Here’s a view from inside the U. As you can see, reflective surfaces work particularly well for contemporary style.
32. Slight Separation
A higher bit of countertop behind the sink separates it from the rest of the open-concept space. No dirty dishes can be seen from the dining room table!
33. Warp Around
This U-shaped kitchen gets its signature look thanks to the wood countertop that wraps around the side of the cabinets.
34. Don’t Block That Window
As you can see, choosing not to block windows with your U-shaped kitchen design is always a solid choice.
35. In The Back
The U-shaped layout is used in this contemporary kitchen in order to create a space for cookbooks in the back.
You don’t see this often, but this U-shaped kitchen actually floats out into this open-concept living space.
Within this open-concept home, the U-shaped kitchen has been kept thin in order to maximize livable space.
This all-white U-shaped kitchen is as elegant as it is beautifully laid out. Don’t you just love the backsplash?
39. Plenty of Room
With angled edges at the corners of this U-shape, this kitchen maximizes the amount of work space.
40. Black and Red
The black and red color scheme of this beautiful U-shaped kitchen has been selected to match the Wolf oven and range.
This U-shaped kitchen design is as spacious as it is luxurious. We love the way the grey granite countertops work with the white cabinets.
42. Extended Edge
The extended edge of wood countertop is a beautiful touch for this contemporary and luxurious U-shaped kitchen.
43. Floating Island
The simple wood floating island at the center of this beautiful U-shaped kitchen really makes the design.
44. Open Up
Whileyou may want to use one part of the U to cut off the kitchen from the rest of your open-concept space, there’s something to be said for not doing that.
As with any other kitchen layout, you want to make sure that you get beautiful cabinets that achieve the style you’re after.
46. Full Area
In this larger kitchen area, a U-shape extends out into the space, creating a space for a kitchen table.
47. Black and White
If you want a simple and ultimately masculine design for your U-shaped kitchen, consider going with a black and white color scheme.
The deep wood of this kitchen design is beautiful. But notice how the décor has been paired to the color scheme, accentuating that beauty.
The hanging lights over the counters in this U-shaped kitchen serve to frame the space.
50. Under Cabinet Lights
If you want to add a sense of drama to your U-shaped kitchen, consider including under-cabinet lights.
While many of the examples we’ve look at have been simpler, it’s worth noting that the U shape can work wonders for a more opulent kitchen.
52. It Works
There are a lot of layouts you can consider, but there’s one thing we can say about U-shaped kitchen. They always work. Period.