Modular Kitchen Layout Basics – The Types & Designs

Traditionally kitchen layouts were always about the ‘work triangle’ where only one person cooked and his or her space was usually bordered by the range, the sink and the refrigerator on the three sides. Modular kitchen layouts in current times are on the other hand built around the ‘Work zone’ concept which is more practical in the sense that it caters to the multiple-cook and multiple zone inside the kitchen aspect, aiming to create many such comfortable zones inside a kitchen space. Following is the MoBEL’s guide to Modular Kitchen Layouts so that you have the layout basics in place.

One Wall Modular Kitchen Layout: This is the ultimate space optimizing kitchen layout design and can be found in studio apartments, small flats or even lofts. The one wall layout, as the name suggests refer to the layout where all kitchen appliances, cabinets, etc are fixed on one single wall.


Galley Modular Kitchen: Galley kitchen layouts are those where appliances and cabinets are fixed on two walls opposite to each other. Hence, it consists of two parallel countertops with a sort of corridor in between them, ideal for a one-cook scenario and is also commonly called as the ‘walkthrough kitchen’. This layout is one of the most popular since it makes optimum utilization of every inch of space that is available – great for small apartments where such lean and compact arrangements are required.

galley modular kitchen

L Shaped Modular Kitchen: L shaped kitchens are layouts where countertops are not on parallels, but adjoining walls. Hence they are perpendicular to each other, forming an ‘L’ shape. A great layout for medium sized or even small kitchen spaces, this eliminates the corner space optimization issue that most kitchen face. The leg of the L can be as long as one needs depending on floor space but one should keep them within 12-15 ft at max in order to utilize space. The unique point of this layout is that it eliminates traffic completely and in case of bigger spaces, is flexible enough to have islands, a dining space or other work zones added on. However, this should not be used in very big kitchen spaces where other better layouts can be configured.

L Shaped Modular Kitchen

Horseshoe Modular Kitchen Layout: Horseshoe kitchen layout was primarily a design that consisted of kitchen cabinets & appliances on three walls. However, the modern horseshoe has evolved to an L shaped layout with an add-on island space as an alternative to the third wall since it allows free movement around the island.

Horseshoe Modular Kitchen Layout

Island Kitchen Layouts: Modular kitchen layouts where one has an island in the kitchen space are popularly known as the island layouts – a massive hit with people having bigger kitchen spaces. The island almost always has cabinets and storage space built into it and the surface is used for various purposes. The island countertop can be used as an additional workspace if added with a sink, an eating place if added with some stools or even a beverage store with an addition of a wine cooler. Islands are also used to convert a one wall layout into a galley one or an L shaped design into a horseshow one.

Island Kitchen Layouts

Trendiest Curtain & Drape Styles – The top 5 Window Treatments for your home

Let’s get this straight…curtains might have seen the light of the day for its utilitarian purpose such as providing privacy or filtering light, sound and draft, but in modern times nobody can deny its crucial role as an Interior Design element. Not only does it set the tone and look of any particular room but also goes on to create a bold style statement with its various drapery styles and window treatments.

Curtains Vs. Drapes –   Know the difference

Curtains are the unlined, lightweight fabrics that one uses to cover a window. Curtain styles are primarily simple and the length usually is till the window sill or sometimes down to the floor level.

Drapes on the other hand are the heavy and lined fabrics that are usually used to frame a window over and above a curtain. Draperies are fixed and almost always till the floor length. Use of patterns and intense colours, coupled with its sheer bulk and the drapery style makes it something that gives your room a bold statement.

Top 5 Curtain Styles for a glam Interior design:

Pinch Pleat Curtain: This refers to the curtain style where three narrow pleats are pinched together at regular intervals to give the curtain a trendy look.

Pinch Pleat Curtain

Pencil Pleat curtains: This style is all about creating folds in the fabric in such a way wherein thy are gathered tightly and spaced narrowly so that it resembles a row of pencils all along the breath of the curtain.

Pencil Pleat curtains


Goblet Pleat Curtains: This style is similar to the pencil pleat with the exception that at regular intervals, a part of the fabric is left ungathered and blown outwards so that it gives a look of a goblet. Sometimes, the fabric is stuffed with stiff paper to give give the curtain the best goblet look. Out of all the pleated curtain looks, this is the newest and trendiest to have.

Goblet Pleat Curtains

Tabbed Top Curtains: The Tabbed Top look is one of the most popular styles doing rounds nowadays due to its simplicity and convenience. This informal look is achieved by sewing loops of fabric on top of the curtain panel and then simply hanging it from a rod.

Tabbed Top Curtains

Shirred: The shirred curtain style refers to tightly bunching the fabric all along the curtain rod.


Top 5 Drapes to give character to your Interior décor:

Jabot: A panel of pleated fabric, tapered in length, which hangs down on both sides of a window. It can also be used in sections. Perfect for making a style statement without going overboard.


Swag: A panel of pleated fabric hanged in semi circles, horizontally along the top length of the curtain. Styles include single swag or multiple swags depending on what suits the room. A swag is typically combined with a jabot or a cascade to achieve a more grand or ornate look.


Cascade:A combination of swag and jabot where a panel of pleated fabric creates a swag style and then hangs down on one side of the window.


Scarf: The scarf drapery style is all about taking a long panel of fabric, draping it all along the top part of a window and letting it fall to the floor on both the sides.


Valence: Any kind of drapery treatment done on the top part of a window, typically to cover window hardware sections. Valence is greatly used as an decorative element in any interior design project.