When it comes to kitchen layouts, the galley kitchen is among the most popular. Also known as a walkthrough kitchen, it has two parallel runs of units composed of base and wall cabinets, counters, appliances and other functional items, forming a central walkway in which to work. It is an ideal layout for a small kitchen because of how it packs in an abundance of storage and work area, thus optimizing the space.
If you are looking to tackle a kitchen remodel, the galley layout is something worth considering. Read on to find out if it is a good fit for you
Benefits of the Galley Kitchen
The galley kitchen is a great solution when you don’t have a lot of space, or if the entire layout of your home is long instead of wide. It stands out above other kitchen layouts in terms of ergonomics. Since all work areas are clustered together, walking toward or reaching for items between any two given work areas requires smaller and fewer steps. This ease of accessibility makes the galley kitchen an efficient layout. For optimal utility, make sure the width of the corridor doesn’t exceed six feet.
Another advantage of the galley kitchen is the fact that it won’t blow your kitchen renovation budget. All you have are appliances, a set of overhead and base cabinets, and countertops, all arranged together on one or both sides of the kitchen space. The layout is cost-effective and allows you to splurge on high-end faucet finishes and lighting fixtures.
Things to Consider When Designing a Galley Kitchen
Below are some of the things you need to consider when changing your kitchen’s layout into the galley type:
- Keep it basic. Islands, breakfast bars and other similar features have no place in galley kitchens. Stick to the usual elements like upper and lower cabinets, countertops, sink and dishwasher. You might not be able to build a kitchen island given the limited space, but a small, portable option might work for you.
- Check the sink size. Galley kitchens usually have scaled-down sinks that are parallel to the counters. Steer clear of those angled at 45 degrees or the farmhouse kitchen types.
- Be creative with your storage. To utilize storage in a galley kitchen, consider extending the upper cabinets until they reach the ceiling. This way, you can get as much storage space as possible despite the small space.
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