If cooking in your cramped kitchen makes you crazy, consider a galley kitchen makeover. A more efficient design, the galley kitchen is a chef’s dream if the layout, cabinetry, and lighting are optimized.
If you’ve ever wondered how these long and narrow kitchens got their name, look to the sea for some terminology clues. The galley is, of course, what you call the kitchen on a ship. However, it is believed the term galley itself (when used to describe a ship’s kitchen) is an alteration of the word “gallery.” Sailors in ancient times used stone galleries laid amid ships to cook their food!
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This Charlotte home pictured above is a typical galley kitchen design, laid out as two walls with a central aisle running between them. Typically installed in commercial and restaurant kitchens, the galley layout makes the most efficient use of space. It’s ideal for smaller sized homes, especially townhouses and condominiums.
Consider in the galley kitchen photo above how the use of light colors gives the allusion of a much larger space. The window behind the dining table allows natural light to fill the space during daytime hours. Under cabinet lighting is reflected by white backsplash tile once the sun sets.
The Kitchen Triangle
When planning a remodel of a galley-style kitchen, incorporate the kitchen triangle. The sink, refrigerator, and stove should only be a few steps away from one another without obstruction. The above photo to the left is a great example of how to incorporate the triangle into a galley kitchen clustering the double ovens, sink, and refrigerator. The galley kitchen on the right shows another version of the triangle, using the top of the galley for stovetop placement.
Pros and Cons of Galley Kitchens
On the plus side, galley kitchens make great use of space and are well suited to smaller homes. Since they are compact, everything is within arm’s reach. They cost less to remodel primarily because there are no join up counters.
This layout comes with some cons too. Most galley kitchens have less counter space. They get crowded when more than one cook at a time is working. Galleys can feel a bit claustrophobic and are dark.
Browse these photos of galley kitchens for inspiration when planning your own remodel. Pay special attention to lighting, appliance placement, and storage.
Transform Your Galley Kitchen
The design-build remodeling experts at Case Charlotte are happy to discuss your ideas during a free consultation. Our designer will help you choose layout, materials, and colors based upon your style, space, and budget. Attend one of our monthly remodeling seminars, or call for an individual appointment today, 704-759-3920.