Cons of I-Shape KitchensLess storage area. Because cabinetry must share wall space with countertops and appliances, storage comes at a premium in this layout. In addition to editing down your kitchen paraphernalia, consider specialized cabinet and drawer inserts; hooks, racks and open shelving on adjacent walls; freestanding case goods; and other space savers.Limited countertop surface. As with cabinetry, countertop space in an I-shape kitchen is precious. Consider a small portable island that you can pull in when you need more prep space, or use your dining table as a worktable.