Galley kitchens are designed with two opposings walls, one each of cabinetry and appliances, and one aisle running down the middle. This type of layout is common in small kitchens, as it offers an efficient way to incorporate cabinetry, sink, stove, refrigerator and dishwasher.
The upsides and downsides of a space-saving kitchen
The downside to some galley kitchens is that the narrow aisle and small room size can make meal preparation challenging. An aisle width of less than 7 feet makes work flow particularly difficult, for example.
The solution is to think creatively with the cabinet and appliance layout, maximize vertical storage and use every inch of space. Find out how to use tall cabinets and natural light to improve galley kitchens.
Lean layouts maximize space in galley kitchens
Galley kitchens typically place the sink, dishwasher and refrigerator along the same wall, and the stove on the opposite wall. To avoid a costly kitchen remodel, focus on these four elements:
- Tall appliances: Forego a bulkly refrigerator-freezer for a sleek, narrow design that makes the space appear less crowded. By buying a model that is 18.2 cubic feet, instead of 21 cubic feet, you can save about $200 and 4.75 inches of width.
- Vertical storage: Add 42-inch high cabinets or wall shelves that are 2 to 3 feet below the ceiling for added storage. If space allows, add a wall pantry in an adjacent space to free up kitchen cabinet space.
- Glass cabinet doors: Glass will help bring in light and add the illusion of openness.
- Countertops with clipped corners: A rounded or clipped edge on the corner of your countertop can make a big difference as you walk through the space. It's a small change that can add the illusion of a wider aisle - and prevents nasty run-ins with sharp edges.
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