When it comes to kitchen design, the layout is one of the essential aspects.

A well-designed layout can make your kitchen more functional and efficient, while a poorly designed layout can lead to chaos and wasted space. One of the newest kitchen design trends is the one-wall kitchen layout.

This layout is simple, efficient, and can be adapted to fit any lifestyle, especially urban living.

For example, in a one-wall kitchen, all appliances and cabinets are placed along the wall, with minimal or no cabinets on the other walls.

This arrangement can fit any space, whether you have a small or large kitchen.

If you are considering a tiny open-plan kitchen for your home, read for some tips on choosing the perfect layout.

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Author: George Nicola

George is a seasoned interior designer and property marketing strategist with over 13 years of experience. He specializes in transforming properties into visually stunning spaces, helping clients recognize the potential and beauty in each property. With an impressive international client base of exciting projects throughout Europe and America.

What Is a One-Wall Kitchen Layout?

A one-wall kitchen layout, also known as one-sided kitchen, is a kitchen design in which all the cabinets and appliances are located along a wall.

This layout is ideal for small spaces, as it utilizes every inch of available counter space. It is also very efficient, as all the appliances and cabinets are within easy reach.

There are several small kitchen layouts to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for your needs.

Average room size to kitchen storage area

The differences between the average size and number of cabinets in 10 sqm / 107 sq.ft of space, 14 sqm / 150 sq.ft of space, and 17 sqm / 183 sq.ft of space for small kitchens is shown below.

Both the typical kitchen size in square metres and the average kitchen size in square feet are provided, as is the average number of cabinets required.

Space SizeAverage Kitchen Size (m2)Average Kitchen Size (sq ft)Number of Cabinets (m2)Number of Cabinets (sq ft)
10 m2 / 107 sq.ft4-5 m243-54 sq ft1-2 m211-22 sq ft
14 m2 / 150 sq.ft5-6 m254-65 sq ft2-3 m222-32 sq ft
17 m2 / 183 sq.ft6-7 m265-75 sq ft3-4 m232-43 sq ft

For a space size of 10 m2, the average compact kitchen size is 4-5 m2, or 43-54 sq ft. The number of cabinets needed is 1-2 m2, or 11-22 sq ft.

For a space size of 14 m2, the average compact kitchen size is 5-6 m2, or 54-65 sq ft. The number of cabinets needed is 2-3 m2, or 22-32 sq ft.

For a space size of 17 m2, the average compact kitchen size is 6-7 m2, or 65-75 sq ft. The number of cabinets needed is 3-4 m2, or 32-43 sq ft.

On average, the cost per linear meter in the US is $125 to $187.50, while in the UK the cost per linear meter is £137.50 to £205.

Remodeling a basic 10 foot / 3m galley kitchen in the United Kingdom using inexpensive but necessary fixtures and equipment can cost as little as £940 and as little as $1,350 in the USA.

Be aware that these are only ballpark figures, and that the precise size and quantity of storage required will be determined by the kitchen’s layout and storage requirements.

When trying to figure out what size and layout will work best for a given kitchen, it’s best to consult an expert.

How much space do you need for a one-wall kitchen?

The amount of space needed for such a kitchen will depend on the specific layout and appliances carefully used. 

Generally, a one-wall kitchen should have a minimum width of about 8 feet to allow for efficient movement and use of the space.

However, the ideal width will depend on the specific equipment and layout, as well as the overall size of the kitchen.

For example, if your design concept includes a range, a refrigerator, and a sink, a width of at least 12 feet might be necessary to allow for the proper placement and use of these appliances. On the other hand, a cooktop and a sink could only function well with a run of wall of 8-10 feet.

It’s essential to consider the specific needs when determining the necessary space.

We can create a custom design that meets your needs and fits your budget, check in at george@tallbox.co.uk

Is 10-12 ft one wall kitchen enough?

A 12 ft one-wall kitchen with an island denotes a medium to large-sized kitchen with a simple layout designed for efficiency. A 12 ft one-wall kitchen means that it has a countertop space of 12 linear feet and is designed with cabinets and appliances on one wall.


Here are some general recommendations for cabinets in a 12 ft one-wall kitchen:

Base cabinets:

  • Standard height is 36 inches, but you can use shorter or taller cabinets to maximize space.
  • Consider a mix of drawers, shelves, and doors to accommodate different storage needs.
  • Use corner cabinets or pull-out shelves to utilize corner space efficiently.

Wall cabinets:

  • Standard height is 18 inches, but you can go higher for more storage.
  • Use open shelves or glass-fronted cabinets to create a sense of openness.
  • Recessed cabinets can help make the space feel larger.

Tall cabinets:

  • Great for storing pantry items, appliances, or cleaning supplies.
  • Place them at the ends of the cabinet run for a balanced look.

Pros and Cons of One Wall Kitchens


1. Maximizes Space: Arranging a kitchen on one wall allows for maximum use of space, as all items are placed along one wall.

2. Easier to Clean: Having everything in one spot makes the cleaning process more manageable and less time-consuming than if it were spread out over two or more walls.

3. Better Visibility & Efficiency: Packing appliances and storage into a single-wall setup provide better visibility of each item when needed and improved efficiency when cooking or baking from scratch.

4. More Natural Light: By having fewer walls, natural light flows more freely through your kitchen without obstruction, creating an airy atmosphere that is both pleasant to work in and inviting for guests who visit your home.

5. Budget-Friendly Design Option: A single-wall plan can help you save money since it requires fewer materials than other layout designs like L -shaped kitchens with multiple islands, which require more extensive worktops & extra lighting fixtures.’


1. Loss of Workspace: Arranging a kitchen on a single wall will limit the overall workspace, making it difficult to prep meals efficiently without bumping into each other.

2. Limited Storage Space: Since all the cabinets and drawers are placed along a wall, there’s only so much storage space available for groceries and other kitchen items that need to be organized.

3. Not Enough Countertop Space: When everything is arranged on the wall, countertop space is also limited; this means you will need more room for larger appliances or food-prep tasks such as kneading dough or rolling out pasta sheets.

4. Unusual Layout & Ergonomics: If your refrigerator isn’t located within reasonable reach from the sink area, it will present unusual ergonomic challenges given that reaching up high for ingredients may strain specific muscles due to its height off of the ground compared with typical standard counters.

5. Poor Ventilation: Having everything on just a single side could reduce ventilation throughout your cooking area, making it difficult to keep things cool during scorching summers when using multiple burners at once

Pros and Cons of One Wall Kitchens
Built-in appliances vs Free standing pros and cons / Images by TALLBOX

Most commonly seen on the floor, free-standing appliances are far more substantial in size.

They are simpler to set up, often requiring no special cabinetry, and come in the same standard sizes as built-in appliances.

They come in a small selection of styles and finishes, but may be installed by a pro or a do-it-yourselfer.

But they cost less than equivalent built-in models.

Standard built-in appliance sizes include 24″, 30″, 36″, and 48″ to accommodate most preexisting cabinets. A professional is needed for installation and cabinetry, but the increased personalization options and material selections are worth it. The downside is that they are typically more expensive than standalone models.

Homeowners should think about the layout of their kitchen, their budget, and the appliances they use most frequently when picking between built-in and freestanding options. The finest option may be determined with the help of a professional designer or kitchen planner.

SizeStandard sizes: 24", 30", 36", 48"
Smaller size and fits into existing cabinetry
Standard sizes: 24", 30", 36", 48"
Larger size and typically sit on the floor
InstallationMust be installed by a professional
Requires custom installation and cabinetry
May be installed by a professional or DIYer
Easier to install and typically requires no custom cabinetry
FeaturesWide range of styles and finishes
More customization options
Fewer style and finish options
Limited customization options
PriceGenerally more expensive than free-standing appliancesGenerally less expensive than built-in appliances

Different Styles of One-Wall Kitchens

A single-wall kitchen is exactly what it means – all of your cabinets are on one wall. But this does not mean that this has no different styles and variations.

This type of kitchen is perfect for small spaces – such as apartments or homes with limited kitchen space. They are also great for open floor plans, as they do not break up the room’s flow.

There are a few kitchen design ideas for single-wall kitchens, which include:

Minimalistic: This style is characterized by its simple and elegant design. The cabinets are usually white, or cream, and the worktops are dark.

One wall kitchen - Simple minimalistic style / Images by TALLBOX

Contemporary: This style is more modern and often features sleek lines and bright colors. The cabinets are usually wood or laminate, and the worktops are generally granite or marble.

One wall kitchen - Contemporary style / Images by TALLBOX

Rustic: This style is perfect for those who want a more country feel in their kitchen. The cabinets are typically wood, and the countertops are usually polished stone.

One wall kitchen - Rustic style / Images by TALLBOX

Eclectic: This style is perfect for those who want to mix and match different elements. The cabinets can be any color or material, and the workbench can be any material.

One wall kitchen - Eclectic style / Images by TALLBOX

No matter what style you choose, a one-wall kitchen can be an excellent option for your home.

When deciding which style is best for you, consider the size and layout of your kitchen and your cooking habits.

In this post we’ve also discuss what ideas for a budget home renovation.

Tips for Designing a single wall kitchen layout

When considering the kitchen area for your flat, it’s essential to think about how you can make the most efficient use of the limited space available.

You should look for lightweight and easy-to-clean materials, such as stainless steel and ceramic tile, for countertops.

Also, consider cabinets and drawers that are built into the wall. This way, you can make use of every bit of space available.

Additionally, look at integrated appliances that offer a smaller footprint but will still provide all the necessary features you require.

Lastly, when planning your kitchen, you must include plenty of storage options such as shelves, cupboards, and countertop drawers to have everything within reach.

An organized kitchen saves time and helps you stay on top of things!

TLDR: Creative single-wall kitchen ideas

When space is at a premium, creativity comes in handy if you aid in maintaining your personal style.

If you let yourself be open to possibility, amazing things may emerge. 

Envision removing the soffits, so the new cabinets go all the way to the ceiling, making the kitchen feel much more imposing. 

If you need to find a solution for an island that won’t fit in your space, consider a peninsula as an alternative. 

  1. Think about how a built-in larder unit can use an odd nook or how adding toe-kick drawers to your base cabinets can increase their storage capacity. 

  2. For your kitchen to reach its full functional layout, you must first be willing to go beyond its current state and imagine what it may be like in its ideal form. 

  3. Create a prioritized list of what needs to be improved and what can wait, and use it to guide your redesign and inspire innovative approaches.

  4. Remember that it’s not the room size that matters but what you do with it.

    A lot can be accomplished in even the tiniest of kitchens.

For the most practical folks, we’ve written a ton about functionalism in interior design.

How to design a kitchen with cohesive look?

In interior design there is one rule that binds everything together – consistency.

You can use several methods to create your space a harmonious one:
Pick a color scheme: that flows throughout the room. This includes the cupboards, walls, backsplash, and counters.

Keep everything uniform: by using the same material throughout the kitchen, from the worktops to the backsplash and beyond.

Invest in a unified aesthetic: for your kitchen by purchasing a set of tech that all look the same.

To make your kitchen look: more put together, use equipment and fixtures that all have the same finish.

Take the entire tone into account: It’s important to make sure the kitchen’s design and finishes match the rest of the house for a unified appearance.

When choosing features and finishes for the kitchen, it’s essential to keep the kitchen’s unique design and style in mind to avoid creating an incongruous aesthetic.

Achieving a unified look in your kitchen might be aided by hiring a professional designer or planner, we’ve explained how this works here.

Best Layout One-wall kitchen questions

To decide better on the exact layout of your one-wall kitchen, 

Your specific needs and storage requirements:

  • What will you be storing in the cabinets? (Pots and pans, small appliances, dishes, pantry items, etc.)
  • Do you need specialized storage solutions? (Pull-out drawers for spices, built-in trash cans, etc.)
  • How much cooking do you do? (More cooking = more storage needed for equipment and ingredients.)

The layout of your kitchen:

  • Where will the appliances be located? This will impact the available space for cabinets.
  • Will there be an island? The island can be used for additional prep space, dining, or storage.
  • Is there a sink on the wall? This will determine the height and configuration of the cabinets around it.

Your personal style and budget:

  • Do you prefer floor-to-ceiling cabinets or a mix of base and wall cabinets?
  • What cabinet door style do you like? (Shaker, flat panel, raised panel, etc.)
  • What material do you want the cabinets to be made of? (Wood, plywood, laminate, etc.)

One-wall kitchen with island

One-wall kitchen with island
Cotswold Charcoal Grey Painted Kitchen Island with Solid Oak Top / Photo by thefurnituremarket.co.uk

If your kitchen is smaller, consider adding a kitchen island to help maximize space.

A kitchen island can provide additional storage, prep space, and even seating as a breakfast bar, making it a great addition to any kitchen layout.

When choosing a kitchen island, select one that is the right size for your space and has the needed features.

For example, if you entertain often, choose an island with built-in wine racks or a prep sink. If storage is a priority, look for an island with plenty of cabinets, drawers, and shelves.

And, if you have a tight budget, look for an island that can be repurposed from another piece of furniture, such as an old dresser or buffet.

With creativity, you can find the perfect kitchen island to fit your space.

Add a foldaway wall table

Wall-mounted drop-leaf table, white, 74x60 cm / Photo by Ikea

Foldaway compact-size wall tables are another excellent option for small spaces along a wall.

These tables can be folded up when not in use, freeing up valuable floor space.

Look for a foldaway table that is the right size for your space and has a sturdy surface for food prep and as a dining table.

Add shelves above to help you keep your kitchen organized and tidy. Even if your wall space is limited, these tables are so practical that it’s almost impossible not to fit.

Pull-out storage

Individual pull-out storage baskets / Photo by handleheaven.co.uk

Combine with a pull-out storage cabinet if your space is connected to a living room or dining room, achieving a more cohesive open plan.

Consider combining your kitchen zone with the rest of the room with a pull-out multipurpose storage cupboard.

This type of cabinet is a great way to add additional storage to your kitchen without taking up valuable floor space.

Look for a storage cupboard that is the right size for your room and has plenty of shelves, drawers, and cabinets to help keep your daily workflow fully optimized.

Additionally, look for a storage cabinet with caster wheels so you can quickly move it around as needed.

With some planning, you can create a functional and stylish kitchen that is perfect for your needs.

Feature wall in the kitchen

If you want to add a little extra flair to your kitchen, consider adding a feature wall. It is a great way to add a pop of color or an interesting texture to your kitchen.

When choosing a feature wall, be sure to select a wall that is visible from the main living area of your home.

Small kitchen and a feature wall of white bricks / Photo by TALLBOX

This way, you can enjoy your feature wall whenever you enter your kitchen. If you have a tiny kitchen, consider adding a Mirror Wall to make your space appear larger.

Or, if you’re going to add a bit of warmth to your kitchen, consider adding a brick or stone wall. With creativity, you can quickly transform your space into a show-stopping HGTV scene.

What colors to pick for a smaller area kitchen

colors to pick for a smaller area kitchen
Colors to pick for a smaller area kitchen / Photo by TALLBOX

When picking colors for a small kitchen space, you want to stick to lighter shades that can help make the room look larger.

Some best colors to consider include white, light gray, light blue, pastel yellow, mint green, and other light neutrals.

If you feel bolder, you can use deep shades of black, navy, green, and red. However, be sure to keep the ceiling white to help balance out the darker colors.

Overall, luxury homes in the UK and US may have some similarities, but there are also significant differences between the two in terms of size, architectural style, age, amenities, and price.

Can a single-wall kitchen be clutter-free?

Yes, a single-wall kitchen can be clutter-free. It is usually easier to keep a single-wall kitchen organized due to its minimalistic design.

With less space and fewer items in the room, it’s easier to find storage solutions that work for you and help you maintain an organized area.

For example, wall racks and cupboards can help keep items off countertops and out of sight.

Additionally, investing in multi-functional equipment such as a combination oven or refrigerator with a freezer drawer can reduce the number of appliances needed, which can help limit clutter.

Furthermore, choosing furniture pieces with hidden storage compartments like ottomans or benches is a great way to store items while also adding seating options.

Finally, taking the time to declutter your kitchen and create an organized system will ensure a clean and clutter-free single-wall kitchen.

How to Fit Appliances and Cabinets in a Small kitchen layout

If you’ve decided to go with this type of kitchen, you’ll want to make the most of your kitchen cabinets.

You can use several design features to optimize the layout of a compact kitchen. When choosing appliances, look for ones designed for smaller spaces, like an under-counter refrigerator or a slim dishwasher.

For cabinets and storage, consider maximizing vertical space by using wall-mounted units or adding open shelving. 

Regarding creative storage solutions, think outside the box and use multipurpose furniture such as islands or carts, or even hanging baskets.

Common Mistakes to Avoid in One-Wall Kitchen Layouts

When designing your small kitchen, you want to avoid common mistakes like inadequate circulation space, poor lighting placement, and ignoring the work triangle.

Without enough room to move around or bright lighting to make tasks easier, your kitchen could become a design disaster.

Additionally, food preparation can be an unexpected challenge if you don’t consider how long it takes you to move from one side of the kitchen to the other while cooking.

Therefore, you must consider all of these elements when selecting the perfect design layout for your needs. Doing so will help you create a functional and stylish kitchen space that will serve you for years.

Key Takeaways

This type of kitchen is an excellent choice for homeowners looking for a sleek, modern design that only takes up a little space.

It’s perfect for tiny homes and apartments and can be customized to fit your specific needs.

Remember to consider the size of your kitchen and the appliances and fixtures you want to include.

If you need help determining which layout suits you, contact our professional design team for help.

We can create a custom design that meets your needs and fits your budget, check in at george@tallbox.co.uk