What’s new with U-shaped kitchens

U-shaped kitchen layouts are a classic design choice. For decades, this three-sided kitchen has worked its magic on small and big spaces, for every design tempo. Whatever you want from your bespoke kitchen design, a horseshoe layout can deliver: it is functionally efficient creates good worktop space and can bump up storage. These are flexible layouts too. Our Roundhouse designers can tweak a classic U-shaped design to fit the 21st century mood. Try adding a seating hub, a storage wall or a modern kitchen island to make a U shape work even harder. Discover our luxury contemporary kitchens and see what a U can do for you.

Consider a U-shaped island

This is clever. If you don’t have the right proportions for a full U kitchen, why not try a U-shaped island instead. It’s a super creative way to elevate a bespoke kitchen island into a multi-tasking work horse. The result is a luxury kitchen design with extra worktop space (for preparation and appliances) plus more storage and a neat built-in bench. It will also add a focal point to large kitchen dining room ideas. Whether you are remodelling a cavernous or compact space, Roundhouse designers can create bespoke luxury kitchens tailored just for you.

Utilise corner storage

Don’t be put off by the idea of awkward corners in a U-shaped kitchen – far from it. Roundhouse designers have the expertise to transform every aspect of your upmarket kitchen design. This countertop cupboard is a fabulous example of what we can do to max out an unused corner. The full length unit sits directly on the worktop and is accessed by space-saving, bi-fold doors that concertina back. It’s a canny storage solution that offers masses of storage and creates a family-friendly breakfast cupboard in upmarket kitchen designs.

Stretch out with seating

Creating a place to eat in today’s kitchen is a top priority for most of us. This luxury big kitchen design demonstrates how adaptable a U-shaped layout can be. By continuing the run of units into a low level seating corner, Roundhouse designers have created a multifunction U shape. It’s a kitchen dining design with tons of personality thanks to the bold colour palette, sculptural lighting and patterned splashback.

Open it up

U-shaped kitchens offer great storage opportunities but don’t be tempted to cram in too many cupboards – especially in a smaller footprint. Rows of wall units can make bespoke designer kitchens feel closed-in and claustrophobic. Consider open shelving instead. It’s a fabulous way to display cook books, pretty mugs and earthenware and keep a home kitchen design light, bright and airy. Otherwise, glass fronted cupboards offer the best of both worlds.

Go for a broken U shape

There are no hard and fast rules with a U shaped kitchen. This modern luxury kitchen design follows a loose U layout, broken up by the door. But the basic principles are the same: great storage and top notch ergonomics. Why not max out the idea by adding a marble kitchen island. The extra worksurface, luxury kitchen sink, cupboard space and seating perch creates a functional and inviting room for everyone to enjoy. A modern kitchen island also keeps guests away from the cooking zone. Let Roundhouse designers transform your kitchen with a modern U-shaped design you’ll adore.

What is the best layout for a U-shaped kitchen?

U-shaped kitchens have units running along three walls of the room – much like a horseshoe shape – with the fourth side left clear. This could be for a door or if it forms part of a large open-plan design. To improve workflow, the best layout considers the working triangle concept. This separates the three main working elements of the kitchen– the sink, oven and refrigerator – on to adjacent units. If possible, place the fridge on the edges of the U so it doesn’t block the work zone.

Our expert kitchen designers can help you make the best choices for your Roundhouse bespoke kitchen, furniture or wardrobes. Visit any of our seven Roundhouse showroomsWigmore St, ClaphamFulhamRichmondCambridgeGuildford Cheltenham and get planning!