Galley Kitchen Plans
At one point or another, most everyone has lived in a home or apartment
with a galley kitchen. This affordable layout is typically found in a
long, narrow room and consists of two opposing walls usually with a
fairly narrow space between them.
While this plan is definitely efficient in its use of space, it can be very
difficult for traffic, which means that it is most conducive to one
cook functioning well within a classic
For this plan, the room should be at least eight feet wide and to
control traffic, you might decide to place a door at the end of the
room that doesn’t open to the dining room or family room.
If possible, you should think about converting one wall to a half-wall,
and install a countertop and barstools on the other side of the wall.
Ideally, the room on the other side is the family room, dining room
or other common area so you can converse easily with family members
The best configuration of appliances in a galley kitchen is to have the
sink and stove on one side of the galley and the refrigerator on the
other. If you’re going to open up one wall, you should put your
sink and stove on the wall facing “out” and your
refrigerator on the “back” wall. Make sure that sliding
drawers or cabinet doors placed on opposite sides have enough space
to open conveniently at the same time. If you can, place the cooking
area and sink in the same line so it is easier to move hot pans to
cleaning area after you are done with them.
Another important hint for designing a maximally convenient galley kitchen is
to consolidate counter space near the appliances used most often. To
create storage space, consider a wall of base cabinets or a pullout
tower pantry. But, you should use some restraint here because it is
easy to close this plan in too much, which will crowd you out.
At one point or another, most everyone has lived in a home or apartment with a galley kitchen. This affordable layout is typically found in a long, narrow room and consists of two opposing walls with a fairly narrow space between them. If your kitchen is short on square footage, then a galley layout may be the way to go. Here’s what you need to know.
While the cost of remodeling a galley kitchen or building one from scratch will vary greatly depending on the materials and appliances used, this layout is certainly the least expensive of them all.
Offers an easy workflow when it comes to cooking.
Provides all the kitchen essentials in one small space.
Generally great for storage, as galley kitchens tend to have plenty of cabinet space.
If open on both sides, galley kitchens can become walkways instead of a traditional cooking space.
They tend to be cramped, so are best suited for one cook functioning well within a classic kitchen triangle.
Doesn’t work well as a gathering spot for families. Eating nooks, however, can fix that.
Common Questions and Answers
What is the best layout for a galley kitchen?
If the existing room is at least 8 feet wide, it’s best to use the classic kitchen triangle. This means that the three main elements of the kitchen are placed between 4 to 9 feet apart to avoid feeling cramped. When it comes to appliances, put the sink an
How can an excess of foot traffic be avoided with the galley kitchen plan?
If possible, don’t design a galley kitchen that is open on both sides. Install a door to avoid having guests (or children) use the kitchen as a walkway.
HistoryTraditionally, the term galley kitchen was used to describe the tight cooking quarters on ships. Today they are designed to echo the same efficiency that’s absolutely necessary aboard any vessel.
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