The U-Shaped Kitchen: Pros & Cons Every Homeowner Should Know

Kitchen remodeling involves plenty of important decisions, with layout being one of the first things a homeowner must focus on before getting a kitchen estimate. Having a functional layout, after all, can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your space. And if you’re looking for something simple and efficient, you may find a U-shaped kitchen to your liking. A premier remodeling professional in the area, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Schaumburg, shares some of its pros and cons. 


A U-shaped kitchen is exactly what it sounds like – a layout that utilizes three walls to create that distinctive U shape. While this kitchen layout is commonly found in older and smaller homes, it’s now seeing a rise in popularity in modern builds. In fact, U-shaped kitchens are now designed with just two (or sometimes even just one) full-height walls, with a breakfast bar extension creating the last leg of the U shape.

This particular layout offers some benefits that may appeal to you. A U-shaped kitchen can:

  • Provide great storage space relative to the size of the kitchen because it offers three walls that can house cabinets.
  • Make kitchen tasks easier because everything is close together. This means you won’t have to move halfway across the room during meal preparation or cleanup.
  • Keep the space separate from the living and dining areas — a good option for those who prefer less foot traffic in the work zones.
  • Create an entertainment hub if your home has an open-concept plan. The breakfast bar serving as a divider keeps the guests from the actual kitchen area, which allows for greater efficiency. 


A U-shaped kitchen also has its downsides. The same layout that makes kitchen tasks easier can also make the space appear small and cramped. And if you do decide on this layout, you won’t be able to add a kitchen island. 

This is the reason why it’s important to work with a trusted remodeling expert like DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Schaumburg. Our team of experienced designers can customize a solution to fit any client so even if the drawbacks of a U-shaped kitchen seem like a turn-off, they can be mitigated to create the space you truly want. 

Let’s Start a Conversation!

The “kitchen remodeler near me” to trust in the Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Elk Grove and Palatine areas is DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Schaumburg. When you choose us for your kitchen upgrade, rest assured that your remodeling vision will be brought to life. Schedule a design consultation by calling us at (847) 973-5097. You may also fill out this contact form. If you’d rather visit our convenient design center, it’s open to serve you Monday-Friday (10 a.m. -5 p.m.) and on Saturday (by appointment only).

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