Open plan kitchen hallway: Should I open my kitchen into the hallway?

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When it comes to changing a UK building’s layout, you’ll normally need approval from a Building Control provider such as your Local Authority. Many open-plan layouts can be signed off as-is, but if any habitable rooms of your property are above the first floor, fire suppression systems such as Automist become a necessary part of the conversation. Some combinations of rooms don’t pose a problem under the regulations: for example, a living area can incorporate a bedroom, and kitchen diners are perfectly allowable in themselves. Combining hallways and staircases into living areas is a different matter. However, if any room above the first floor has its only escape route pass through another living area, you will usually need a fire suppression system.

If, for example, you have a two-storey house with a beautiful open staircase in the ground-floor living area. You’ll need to fit a sprinkler system downstairs to convert the loft and gain an extra bedroom. Similarly, if your second-floor apartment lacks light and you want to regain useless hallway space, you’ll end up with bedrooms that open onto a living area. In this case, you may be required to fit a fire suppression system throughout. Some combinations can be more difficult to approve than others.

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Ten years ago, retrofitting sprinklers would have been very unusual, but today, easily retrofitted options exist and are installed in thousands of homes every year. Notably, Plumis’s Automist Smartscan can often be fitted in a single day and enjoys easy approval by any local authority provided that some sensible layout constraints are observed. We commissioned an independent fire engineering investigation into the suitability of Automist to meet the building regulations requirements for open plan dwellings, which you can show your surveyor. This work evaluated the vast majority of three-storey house configurations in the UK. Building control will usually sign off a project if a fire engineer has fully assessed the property and the necessary fire protection measures are in place.

Living in beautiful and practical spaces may bring emotional well-being, but without the right financial conditions most homeowners can’t consider it: our property represents most of our wealth and our children’s one shot at homeownership and prosperity in the UK. We simply can’t afford to make substantial changes that don’t pay off. So should we be considering open plan?

It turns out that most open plan conversions will add value to a property. Robert Nichols, Managing Director of Portico London Estate Agents, claims a roughly 4% price uplift simply by creating an open-plan kitchen-diner. That may not sound a lot, but let’s take a modest example: a Victorian terraced three-bedroom house in Homerton, London may cost around £800 000, so a 4% increase is worth £32 000 – creating a generous budget for the refurbishment. Even an open plan project that only breaks even is worthwhile: Robert Fraser, managing director of London-based Fraser & Co, says “Open-plan layouts are universally appealing and so this is always going to improve a home’s saleability”. The National Association of Estate Agents agrees: “an open plan kitchen and dining room are becoming a must…a trend that is here to stay”.

Open plan is valuable for three reasons. Firstly, it looks good: impressive open spaces are lighter, tend to be aesthetically more pleasing, and remind us of the homes and imagined lifestyles of the wealthy and successful. Secondly, it’s practical: if you want to host a dinner for ten, one large room is going to work much better than two small reception rooms. Sometimes you just need a larger space. Finally, open plan layouts – especially those that eliminate hallways and corridors – make better use of space and make properties look bigger. And of course, properties that look bigger, look more expensive.


Open plan kitchen living room ideas for 2023

If you’re planning some home improvements in 2023 and considering an open plan lifestyle, take a look at some of the pros and cons, and be inspired by some of these Master Builder projects.

If you’re thinking about how to make the most of your home’s floorplan, a big open plan living room and kitchen is on the wish list for many of us. But the practicalities of living, cooking and often working in one space need quite a bit of thought before you commit to the open plan dream.

Let’s take a look at some of the considerations, with some inspiration from some of the projects our FMB members have worked on.

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Why an open plan kitchen living room could be great for your lifestyle

  1. Socialising. Imagine get togethers with friends or family when one of you isn’t stuck in the kitchen. Open plan living areas are great social spaces and party hubs.
  2. Family life. They’re also great for keeping an eye on the kids while they tackle homework – or each other! Just remember to factor in some storage for the clutter.
  3. Creating useable space. Take an honest look at how you use your current rooms – are they really working for you? For instance, do you have a dining room that’s a dumping ground, a kitchen that’s too small to be practical, a corridor with no storage?
  4. Bring in light. With some creative glazing, removing walls can let light flood into otherwise dingy areas of your home.
  5. Improve flow. If your kitchen is miles away from your current dining space, or a narrow hallway creates a bottleneck, reconfiguring some of your ground floor space to an open plan layout can make things more practical and improve the flow of traffic around the home.

FMB members Bridgehurst Builders undertook a full renovation of this oast house in Kent. They removed an existing extension and building new extensions to the front, rear and sides of the house creating an open plan kitchen, dining and living room. The photos speak for themselves – quality work that will last another hundred years or more!

Where open plan kitchens can go wrong

  1. Kitchen noise. It’s worth sacrificing some space for a small laundry room, if you can spare it, to keep noisy washers and dryers out of the way. Alternatively, look into building a sound-proofed cabinet for your washing machine.
  2. Family noise. Rugs, curtains and softer flooring, like luxury vinyl tiles (LVT), can dampen the echo chamber effect. Adding soundproofing to walls and ceilings can help too. But if one of you needs quiet time, think about adding sliding doors to close off spaces when you need to, or build room dividers with shelving.
  3. Food smells. Tackle food odours and airborne grease with a decent extractor fan. Quiet models are available. Open windows, clean down your kitchen after each time you cook and try a few handy tricks like boiling lemons to neautralise odours.
  4. Kitchen mess. You won’t be able to close the door on the mess after you cook, so you’ll need to stay on top of the dishes and worktop crumbs. 
  5. Clutter. The real problem here is lack of storage. Having fewer walls doesn’t have to mean less storage space. Plan some built-in floor-to-ceiling storage, add flip-up seats to banquette seating, or ask your carpenter to quote for shelving.

How to make an open plan living space work

Speak to your architect or designer about how you will use the space and create zones for cooking, dining, working or watching TV. Make sure these are delineated in some way in the design – for example, by the position of a window framing a quiet reading spot.

Creating zones can be easier if your space isn’t completely open plan or if the layout of the original building can still be referenced in your design. For example, by opening up a Victorian terraced property from front to back you will create a series of interlinked rooms which are still hinted at and defined by structural supports and the position of chimneybreasts and fireplaces.

FMB members Applefields Ltd built this single storey rear extension – offering their clients a blank canvas to put their stamp on. The new extension opens up rooms from the existing house in a dogleg footprint. Would you create a family snug, generous home office or cosy dining area?

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How to light your space

You can further define these with your choice of décor and lighting. By controlling the lighting in different zones you can help living areas feel more cosy and get bright task-lighting where you need it.

FMB member CHI Homes Ltd created four thermally efficient detached timber frame homes on this site in North Bristol, with inspiring elements such as floor to ceiling windows, flexible spacious living areas and home working areas. Lighting is used to create zones in the open plan ground floor. The living area is defined by the use of warmer lighting, cosy textiles and a glimpse of a warm, honey coloured wooden beam. Dining is grouped under a skylight making the most of the spectacular sea view.

How to create a cohesive look

For all the talk of defining spaces, it’s worth remembering that you need to link them too – though use of colour and interior design choices. One trick we see our members’ clients use time and again with their open plan spaces, is to cleverly opt for a kitchen that isn’t too ‘kitchen-like’ in its appearance.

Choosing large-scale slab cabinets, for example, is visual slight of hand and can fool the eye into thinking your kitchen looks more like a piece of furniture than somewhere that’s hiding your pots and pans. Avoiding kitchen wall units altogether can help, substituting them for styled shelves of beautiful kitchen objects, cookbooks, or art.

FMB member Concierge Property Maintenance show that it’s possible to completely transform an apartment, working with the existing floorspace to bring the client’s modern vision alive. They enlarged the living space and increasing the height of the doorways, adding floor-to-ceiling doors and opening up the entrance to the kitchen. The client set them a challenge to increase storage significantly, but not add any structures that were imposing or decreased living space, so they built seamless built-in cupboards that were innovative, elegant, and functional.

Plan your flooring options

When it comes to flooring options – it pays to do your research. Using a different flooring for your kitchen area can work, but think carefully about the transition between the two finishes. Or use a hardwearing product throughout, softening it with rugs (you could even go for a washable or outdoor rug in the kitchen).

Extend or renovate?

Creating an open plan living space doesn’t mean adding to your home’s footprint necessarily. Work with what you’ve got and you could save thousands by taking out walls, moving the kitchen to another position. You could also consider extending on a much smaller scale – it doesn’t have to run the full width of your property. A small extension can either square off a space or create a useful nook that extends into the garden. 

Speak to your builder

If you’ve pored over your designs and defined your living zones however, make sure your builder is onboard and understands your ideas. They may need to move a fixture for technical reasons but be unaware that this impacts on your other spaces. For instance, a kitchen cabinet might need to move to accommodate structural steel.

When it’s time to get work underway, take a look at our guide to choosing the right builder for the job for some helpful guidance on getting quotes, building contracts and paying your builder. Or if you’re ready to get going, hop over to our Find a Builder search where you can look for trusted tradespeople in your area. All our members are vetted and their work is inspected before they can join, so you can build with confidence.

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Kitchen in the corridor in the apartment: 62 ideas, plans and schemes

In apartments, the kitchen in the corridor or hallway is not common. Such a decision entails many difficulties and requires coordination. But it also has undeniable advantages: sometimes this is the only way to increase the number of rooms or correct an unsuccessful initial layout. In this article, we will consider all the pros and cons of transferring the cooking zone, analyze the schemes and show with examples what design options are.

Hallway Kitchen Design and Ready Plans

Pros and Cons
Do’s and Don’ts
Layout Options
— Linear
— Parallel
— Corner
— U-shaped
Design ideas
— Tone finish
— Behind the partition
— In box
— With dining group
— As a continuation of the closet

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The kitchen in the corridor, as in the photo below, cannot be called a standard solution. It has both advantages and disadvantages, and in different situations one will outweigh the other.

  • Area optimization. In a small apartment, moving the cooking space makes it possible to more rationally distribute the available square meters: allocate another functional area or even a room.
  • Layout correction. Not always the original housing plan is completely satisfied with the owners of the apartment. For example, too little space is allocated for the kitchen or the corridor occupies an unreasonably large area. By changing the location of the zones, you can adjust the ergonomics of the entire space, make it more proportional, logical and comfortable for life.
  • Open space. When the partitions are removed, you get a more open floor plan with a spacious common area.
  • Agreement process. Manipulations with the transfer of zones are redevelopment, so you will have to prepare a project and agree on it. It is not a fact who will approve your idea, and in general the process is usually long and difficult.
  • The need for ventilation. To get rid of the smells of food during and after cooking, you will need a powerful hood, because it is usually impossible to ventilate the walk-through kitchen in the hallway two by two (and more).
  • Lack of natural light. The hallway or passageway between rooms in an apartment usually has no windows. Unless this is a small-sized apartment with open space, where the headset will somehow be in the room, you will have to make do with only artificial light. And this means that you need to very clearly and competently think over the lighting system.
  • Transfer of communications. This is one of the main difficulties of such a redevelopment, since it is not just about moving furniture. The sink will be in a different place, which means that it will be necessary to tighten the pipes. Most likely, you will have to raise the floor level or use a pump. This issue needs to be thought out and a competent project drawn up by contacting specialists.
  • Hygiene. Proximity to the front door has obvious consequences: dirt from the street will enter the cooking area, and this is not only impractical, but also unhygienic. In addition to regular cleaning, you can solve the problem, for example, using a partition.



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NetMraka studio social networks

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Design: Andrey Stube Architectural Bureau,


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Designer Kristina Zayats social networks

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Design: Marie-Sophie Donnedieu,

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Social networks of designer Katerina Kulik

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Social networks of the Myata studio

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So, the most important question: what is allowed by law and what is absolutely forbidden to do?

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According to the rules, wet areas are not allowed to be moved so that they are above the living rooms from below. That is, for example, the kitchen can be taken out into the corridor, but not so that the sink is above the neighboring bedroom. But part of the headset or refrigerator can go into the living room.

There are cases where these restrictions do not apply:

  • Housing status – apartments.
  • The apartment is located on the first floor.
  • The apartment is located above a non-residential building (for example, a shop or a restaurant).

The next important point is whether the house is supplied with gas. If yes, then the transfer of gas pipes will definitely not be agreed with you. This means that moving the entire kitchen is unlikely to be possible. The only way out is to give up gas and switch to electric.

Finally, one more difficulty, due to which you may not be approved for redevelopment, is what will be located on the site of the moved kitchen. In the same way that you cannot have a wet area above a downstairs living room, the same rule applies to upstairs neighbors. That is, if their kitchen is in the right place, you will not be able to place a bedroom, living room or nursery directly under it. However, in practice, many bypass this rule, calling the future room on the drawings of the project a dressing room or, for example, an office. And the easiest way is for those who live on the top floor and have no neighbors from above.



Design: Manon Papin,


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Design: Yana Volkova,

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Design: Yana Volkova,

Design: Laura Lusteau,


Social networks of designer Christina Bagrova

Social networks of designer Christina Bagrova

Social networks of designer Christina Bagrova

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Consider options for ready-made layouts with different types of headset placement.


If the passage area is narrow, a linear layout is almost always the only option.

Project by Maria Gubina

Two rows of cabinets simply won’t fit, and even if they can physically fit into this area, it will be inconvenient to move between them and open the doors. This project is a good example of a narrow hallway where a headset was placed. The apartment is intended for recreation and temporary residence of guests, so it was enough to place the necessary minimum: a work surface, a stove, a sink and a mini-fridge. There was even enough space for a built-in washing machine! The design of the facades was chosen minimalistic, without fittings, so that the overall furniture was almost invisible.

Design: Maria Gubina,

Design: Maria Gubina,

Design: Maria Gubina, maria-gubina. com

Design: Maria Gubina,


A parallel arrangement is suitable for a kitchen in a square corridor. It gives more storage space and the ability to install all the necessary equipment.

Project by MO Interior Design

Sometimes the reason to make a walk-through kitchen lies not in the lack of square meters, but in the peculiarities of the location of the apartment. For example, in this spacious three-room apartment, all windows face one side. That is why the cooking area was taken out to where there is no natural light. There was enough space, so the designers designed symmetrical niches and placed two rows of the headset opposite each other. This is how a full-fledged cooking zone turned out, and the dining group is located very close, in the living room.

Design: MO Interior Design,

Design: MO Interior Design,

Design: MO Interior Design, mointerior. ru


entrance. More often this situation occurs in mini-studios, but sometimes a similar layout is offered in more spacious apartments.

Project by Tatyana Kazantseva

There is no hallway as such here: a storage system is built above the front door, and a suite begins immediately to the left. For him, they chose an L-shaped trapezoidal design. This made it possible to use the available space with maximum benefit and place the sink in the corner. The dining group is located here, and the living room is separated by a sliding partition.

Design: Tatiana Kazantseva,

Design: Tatiana Kazantseva,

Design: Tatiana Kazantseva,

Design: Tatiana Kazantseva,


This arrangement of the zone cooking is not limited to mini-studios. For example, the kitchen in the hallway in a two-room apartment is often made to turn housing into a three-ruble note. studio project

This project is just such an example. The owner of a standard kopeck piece wanted to divide the apartment into two zones: public and private, as well as allocate space for a comfortable office. It was placed on the site of the former kitchen, and it was transferred to the space of a long corridor (initially it was 11 sq. m), having been decorated in a niche. This resulted in a spacious common area with a living and dining room, from which you can get into the bedroom with a private bathroom and dressing room. The kitchen niche was made small, only 5.9 squares, and completely filled with a U-shaped set.

Design: Evgenia Mikheeva and Asya Nurbagandova. Photo: Sergey Kuznetsov

Design: Evgenia Mikheeva and Asya Nurbagandova. Photo: Sergey Kuznetsov

Design: Evgenia Mikheeva and Asya Nurbagandova. Photo: Sergey Kuznetsov

Design: Evgenia Mikheeva and Asya Nurbagandova. Photo: Sergey Kuznetsov

Consider interesting design options for a walk-through kitchen.

Matching finish

The best technique for a small home is to mask all large furniture as much as possible. If the passage is already narrow and in general there is not enough space, the easiest way is to choose a headset to match the finish. It is desirable that the walls and furniture are light. You can make glossy facades or replace blind doors with glass ones – this will give an additional effect and visually lighten the interior. Choose accessories that are concise and inconspicuous, or completely abandon them in favor of the push-to-open mechanism.

Social networks of designer Sarah Mikhailova

Social networks of designer Sarah Mikhailova

Behind the partition

Another option is not only to choose the color of the facades to match the walls, but also to make sure that the place for cooking can generally be hidden from view. Sliding partitions will help with this. The set is built into a shallow niche, and they are installed as doors. As a result, when you need to, you open them, and at other times you hide cabinets and appliances behind them. To visually increase the space, you can make the partition completely or partially mirrored.

Design: Dots&Points,

Design: Dots&Points,

Design: Dots&Points,

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Other approach – not hide the headset, but, on the contrary, isolate and visually emphasize it. For example, this can be done using a decorative box made of wood or MDF. It will become a kind of zoning tool and add graphics to the space. In addition, it will help protect the side walls of the furniture from dirt. At the same time, the color of the facades can be any, including bright ones – a neutral frame will balance it.

Design: Margarita Zenova

Design: Margarita Zenova

Design: Margarita Zenova

Design: Margarita Zenova

With dining group

the new group is taken out to living room. But, if you abandon the traditional table, the dining area can be placed next to the headset. For example, install a bar counter or tabletop as its continuation – wide enough to make it comfortable to eat behind it.

Design: Yana Volkova,

Design: Yana Volkova,

Design: Yana Volkova,

Design: Yana Volkova,

Design: Yana Volkova,

As a continuation of the closet in the hallway

Finally, an atypical, but original and, most importantly, functional solution is to integrate a headset into a common storage system. This is especially true in small apartments and where the cooking area is located in the hallway (or continues it). For example, in the project in the photo below, the designer designed a single structure, part of which is reserved for a wardrobe, and the other for kitchen cabinets and drawers. The result is a concise, stylish and visually integral system that completely closes the issue of storage in a small area.

Social networks of designer Christina Zayats

Social networks of designer Christina Zayats

Social networks of designer Christina Zayats

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Anastasia Stepanova private house, kitchen design photo in the corridor

Designing an ideal kitchen is a big problem for any homeowner. When you’re dealing with a small space, this can seem like a mission impossible.

In a small area, you will have to show imagination in order to harmoniously combine the kitchen and the hallway.

The open kitchen, also known as the gallery kitchen, helps maximize available space for an efficient workspace. When designing such a kitchen, you will have to get creative with the design, but you can create a stylish and efficient kitchen no matter how limited your space is.

In this article we will talk about the creation of kitchens combined with a hallway.

Features of separating the kitchen from the hallway

In smaller apartments, people prefer to use partition walls. They want to split one room into several smaller ones. For example, this often happens between the kitchen and the hallway.

You can isolate the kitchen from the hallway without building a wall.

The best thing about these partitions is that they save space. This is their main goal: to separate two rooms without inserting a wall between them that will consume your precious space.

Partition wall saves space in the apartment.

Pros and cons of kitchens combined with an entrance hall

How to separate the kitchen from the entrance hall? One of the main advantages of combined kitchens is the availability of space. You don’t have to be a psychologist to know that regular contact with family makes us happier and healthier. A large open space allows you to enjoy a good rest with the whole family.

The kitchen, combined with the hallway, has both pluses and minuses.

At the same time, such kitchens have a number of disadvantages and shortcomings. Below we list the main advantages and disadvantages of combined kitchens.


  1. Space efficiency and cost reduction. The concept of a combined kitchen contributes to a more efficient use of space, since the kitchen is part of the living and hallway areas. In addition, it provides a sense of volume to the living space, especially in smaller apartments. It also helps in reducing the cost of the renovation, as fewer building materials are used in the finishing of the kitchen.
  2. Family interaction and multitasking. An open kitchen promotes closer communication with family and guests, not only while eating, but also during cooking. Wives can watch their favorite TV shows with their husbands while cooking their specialties. Moms and dads can also look after the little ones while they play in the hallway and living room.
  3. Natural light. The openness of the kitchen ensures that more natural light comes through. This makes the apartment warmer and cozier. Gone are the days when the kitchen was more like a dungeon than a cooking space. Instead, lighter images appear.
  4. Hygiene. The idea is that if your kitchen is connected to a hallway or part of a living area, you will keep it clean and tidy to avoid polluting the living space. According to statistics, separated kitchens are cleaned 40% less often than combined ones.

A single space has its advantages.


Creating an open plan kitchen involves removing walls and doing construction work, as well as moving plumbing and electrical wires and outlets. This is a lot of work that may require builders, electricians and plumbers, which can take a lot of your time.

Redevelopment of a large space will cost a lot of money and time.

When it comes to renovations and remodeling, the kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms in the house. By turning this room into a shared space, you add value when it comes to renovations, redesigns and refurbishments.

The kitchen is the most expensive room in the house.

If you have a dinner party, everyone will be able to see how you cook and cook food. Guests will witness the working mess. With such a layout, it is impossible to close the door and hide the mess from your guests.

Be prepared to be in full view while you cook.

Open plans are much harder to keep clean and you can no longer keep clutter in one room, so consider if you’re happy living with clutter.

One of the disadvantages of a single space is the difficulty in maintaining order.

After reading these advantages and disadvantages, ask yourself a few questions, such as:

  • Can I afford to rebuild this part of my house?
  • Can I afford to renovate a large space?
  • Will a minor disturbance bother me?

Once you’ve thought this through and decided that a shared kitchen is right for you, start designing and building your own kitchen.


  1. Before starting a renovation, contact the Housing Office to find out what are the requirements for obtaining building permits and inspections, including any electrical and plumbing permits.
  2. Then measure the kitchen and draw a simple floor plan for the hallway.
  3. Determine which walls need to be destroyed to create more space. You should also check what type of walls you are removing. If they are load-bearing, removing them will change the structural stability of the entire home.

How to choose colors

In all designer salons, combining the kitchen with the hallway is considered as a way to expand the space. This is a particularly important reason for the growing popularity of open-plan kitchens and dining rooms as people seek to update traditional homes with more modern, spacious living spaces.

To make the apartment more modern and expand the space will help the combination of kitchen and hallway.

Choose natural color ratios

For a harmonious color that flows smoothly through the open space of the kitchen, choose natural paint colors. You can use the color wheel to choose your paint. Choose similar colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.

It is desirable to choose natural colors.

Choose Muted Colors

You’re not limited to neutral open plan paint, but you should stick to muted colors. When your kitchen is combined with an entryway and is the dining area of ​​an open living space, you can get tired of such bright colors. When looking at potential colors, choose a paint with a neutral hue. Remember what always looks brighter and more intense on the wall than in the jar.

In order not to get tired of bright colors, choose muted tones.

Do not use two colors of paint on a solid wall

In a shared kitchen, two zones have one solid wall. As much as you want to make each area stand out, don’t paint a solid wall with more than one color. Apply one shade to the entire space.

A solid wall must be painted in one color.

Use a second paint color for undivided walls in one area, making the common wall act as an accent wall for that particular space.

Design style

Combined kitchens should follow the general style of your apartment. Failure to comply with this rule will lead to the loss of visual harmony of space.

It is desirable to use the same style in the kitchen as for the whole apartment.

The natural combination of furniture and finishes will help you create a comfortable, lively look in your kitchen. When designing such a kitchen, try to maintain the harmony of colors and shapes.

Furniture should be combined with decoration, then the home will look harmonious.

Furniture selection

An easy way to master a large space is to create a balanced look with tall pieces of furniture. Use tall and narrow kitchen cabinets to make up for the lack of space.

Tall and narrow cabinets make up for the lack of space.

When choosing a refrigerator and stove, keep the width small, paying attention to high furniture.

Refrigerator and stove should also be narrow.

Try to decorate your kitchen with glass pieces of furniture that will improve the lighting of the space.

Glass furnishings add more light to the space.

Lighting Features

A hallway kitchen is often dark and cramped, so it’s important to consider lighting when planning your design. Ceiling lights are ideal because they don’t take up space in the room. Place a row of recessed lights along the hallway to make sure the entire space is well lit.

Ceiling luminaires are ideal for illuminating a shared space.

Natural light is also a central feature of almost any open plan space, helping the area appear brighter and more spacious.

In a shared kitchen, the soft light from LED lighting needs to be offset by plenty of natural light coming in through the windows. It also seamlessly connects the room to the adjacent outdoor space, bringing those inside the kitchen closer to the space outside the window.

Natural light is also important in a combined layout.


In any design, the perfect zoning of the kitchen and hallway is to place the fridge, sink and workspace in a triangle so you can easily move between zones. In a kitchen with an entryway, it may be more difficult to achieve this type of layout, but if possible, try to incorporate the triangle into your design.

The classic design of the kitchen is a working triangle that can also be placed in the hallway.

As a rule, you need to use both walls of the hallway to get a triangle. You can place the fridge and sink – and dishwasher – on the same wall. However, to avoid congestion in your kitchen, the passage between the two sides should be up to 1.5 meters wide.

When your hallway is too narrow to accommodate this type of setting, it’s best to forgo the triangle and put the fridge, sink and kitchen counter on the same wall.

Kitchen hallway design examples

Since there is little space in a shared kitchen, it can be difficult to find a suitable place to store supplies and equipment. Instead of worrying about the lack of square footage in your kitchen, create a design that takes full advantage of the vertical space of your hallway.

To make the most of the space, cabinets can be installed up to the ceiling.

The best examples of hallway/kitchen designs use cabinets that reach the ceiling to increase storage space. If the top shelves are too high, store items there that you don’t use as often, like china for special occasions.

Use compact appliances. You can’t have a kitchen without a refrigerator and utensils, but these appliances can take up a lot of space in your entryway kitchen. Luckily, you can find compact appliances that are smaller than traditional ones. For example, look at a refrigerator that is only up to 50 centimeters wide, which can free up a few valuable centimeters.

You can also find compact cookers and dishwashers that are only 40 centimeters wide so you can make the most of the space available to you.

Use compact technology for small spaces.

Tips on how to make a kitchen out of a hallway with your own hands

How to make a kitchen out of a hallway? Do-it-yourself kitchen layout, which is achieved through the correct location of the countertop, main appliances and storage spaces. A plan like this creates a kitchen work triangle—the path you blaze from the refrigerator to the sink to the cooking range.

When planning a joint kitchen and hallway, the rule of the working triangle must be taken into account.

When designing your new kitchen and choosing the best dining options for your home, one of the first considerations is the overall layout of the kitchen.

There are five basic layouts for most kitchens – G, L, U. While certain floor plans create a more spacious, efficient kitchen, every kitchen layout can be enhanced with the right cabinetry and decorative accents.

Add decorative accents to enhance your kitchen layout.

Depending on the overall size of your kitchen, a kitchen island can be added to many of these layouts to expand storage and create additional counter space.

The width of the aisles between the cabinets and the island is important, and your kitchen designer will help you determine if you have enough space for the island.