The first is the 'L' shaped kitchen layout. Here the cabinets and appliances are organised in such a manner that they appear like an L so that they are down two adjacent walls in a right angle. This is a highly useful set up as it allows you to use a triangle workstation by standing in the right angle and provides a lot of space for moving around. It's perfect for open plan kitchens that perhaps only have two unused walls, or for those with large radiators etc down one side. L shapes kitchen layouts also benefit thin kitchens as it doesn't take up much floor space.
Another kitchen design that is well suited to fitting cabinets into narrower kitchen spaces is the alley way layout. This layout is essentially an '=' sign with you working in the middle and your cabinets and appliances down two opposite walls. This is very useful for thing kitchens that don't have much to offer in terms of end walls, and it also provides a space that has many good work stations – by reaching behind you or just turning round you can generally reach at least four surfaces at any time.