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A galley style kitchen is one of the most effective types of kitchen layouts, especially when you have a narrow space at your disposal. The set-up optimizes storage space, offers plenty of work area, and promotes efficient cooking and traffic flow.

What is a galley style kitchen?

A galley style kitchen design comprises two rows of parallel-running cabinetry that are set opposite to each other with a narrow corridor in between. It usually features doors or walkways at either end of the run. You can construct it as an altogether separate entity or as a part of larger living spaces. And if you own a small kitchen, this might be the perfect option for you.

However, if you are planning to include this style in your next kitchen remodel, here are some important tips that shall help you design an efficient layout.

Consider the dimensions of your kitchen

As we already mentioned, a traditional galley kitchen is the best fit when you have limited space. However, do note that they also work well for medium-sized kitchens. The only factor you need to consider is, the opposing units should not be too far apart. Otherwise, the efficiency will be ruined.

Again, this layout usually features an enclosed space without a dining area. Hence, if you can’t open up the kitchen to an adjoining area, then you might not be able to use it for social gatherings. But you can always incorporate it in an open-plan layout. This will ensure that you get the best of both worlds. Check out the idea below. The designer has incorporated a galley layout with a kitchen island — equipped with a seating area — for perfect utilization of available square feet.

gallery kitchen with islandGalley kitchen by Nancy Hugo, CKD on flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]

Pay attention to the appearance

You can design your layout, based on the multiple galley style kitchen ideas available on the market. You may go for either a symmetrical or asymmetrical arrangement. In the former option, each unit mirrors the other in terms of appliance placement and cabinet heights.

Whereas, in the latter scenario, you can use any approach. One tip would be to place tall cabinets or a bank of appliances on one edge. The other side can have a counter space area, complete with sink and faucet, stove, and oven. You can check the arrangement below and you shall get an idea about what we are trying to tell here.

asymmetrical galley kitchenA-Holiday-Home-in-Mallorca by Charly W. Karl on flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]

However, when you go for this type of layout, do note the distance between the sink and the cooktop. They should at least be 3 feet apart so that there’s enough work area. Moreover, if the entire wall length is at least 12 feet, you shall have sufficient sink capacity, with cabinets located below for maximum storage and convenient accessibility.

Mix and match storage units

Sometimes, especially in a quite narrow kitchen, you might have to break the run of the parallel units. For example, if your wall has a length of only 12 feet, you may keep base cabinet units on both sides. Mix and match your storage with floating and open shelving so that you make maximum use of vertical spaces. Organize the kitchen cabinets and leave openings in between where you can place larger appliances such as the refrigerator or oven and cooktop.

galley kitchen layoutStoneridge Farms | 10013 NW 140th Yukon OK by Bill Wilson on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

Consider a galley with an island

We had already mentioned that a small galley kitchen design is not the ideal option for hosting social gatherings. However, you can tackle this issue by including an island.

In the layout below, the island is used as a replacement for one of the runs. This arrangement enhances the overall appeal of the kitchen and increases its functionality. The long run is set against the opposite wall and it incorporates the sink and cooktop unit.

Galley layout with kitchen islandWatermans Bay Home by Charly W. Karl on flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]

Create an illusion of space

One of the major issues that owners face when choosing a galley style kitchen layout is avoiding the cramped corridor effect. But with the implementation of the right ideas, you can avoid this as well.

One of the ways is to break up the continuity of tall units and replace them with a mix of wall units and open shelves. Another way is to pick the proper kitchen color schemes. For example, light colors not only reflect light but also create an illusion of a spacious, modern kitchen. Moreover, the absence of handles and pulls also minimizes extra volume utilization and gives a neat, clean look to your small space.

Finally, installing the right kitchen lighting is also quite important. Well-placed pendant lights and oversized lighting shall not only lead to a gorgeous galley kitchen but shall also make your space feel more open and larger.

Read more: Kitchen Trends To Avoid While Planning A Remodel

Galley Style Kitchen: Effective Tips For An Efficient Layout was last modified: September 6th, 2019 by Anisha Dutta

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