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Galley Kitchens


Galley or corridor kitchen floor plans (two walls opposite each other) are some of the most efficient you can get, especially for a single cook. With two points of the triangle on one wall and the other point on the opposite wall, your walking distance will be short, but there’s also room for plenty of storage and counter space.

The main drawback occurs if, as in the example layout above, you have a door at each end of the space (or even more doors in the sides!). A door at each end makes the galley into a through traffic route. How much of a problem that is depends on your family and what’s at each end of the kitchen. Sometimes it’s possible to block off one of the doors and use an alternative traffic route, leaving the kitchen to the cook.

Another possible gotcha to watch for is appliance doors opening into each other across the center aisle. If possible, offset your appliances so that the doors can’t interfere with each other.

Width of the aisle between counters should be about 4 feet. More will give you more room for traffic, but more walking back and forth: less can be OK if it’s a dead-end galley with only one cook, but can feel a bit cramped.


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One Response to Galley Kitchens

  • Shane says:

    I am in the process of buying a house that has a small galley kitchen. It has potential to move a wall back a foot or so to give more walking room in the isle. I’d also like to remove the walls around the entrance to open it up more, and add a small breakfast bar at the end.

    Should be a fun project.

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