A galley kitchen is a trendy layout for kitchen fanatics. It is composed of two parallel stretches of kitchen units and equipment. Together, these form a kitchen corridor in which you can work. This layout is a favorite because it suits all types of styles. Because of its safety and efficiency, professional chefs prefer it. If you’re planning to get a galley kitchen installed into your own space, here are a few tips and tricks to get you started.
Study your space
Galley kitchens work well with smaller spaces because it provides a comfortable area despite the limitation. However, it can still work with medium-sized kitchens. The important thing to note is that the opposing runs should not be too far apart. Otherwise, the kitchen will lose its sense of efficiency. It should also be noted that galley kitchens do not house the dining area. If you were intending to eat your meals in the kitchen, then maybe this layout isn’t for you.
Choose the look
There are two types of galley layouts. The first one is the symmetrical design. As the name implies, the opposing runs will be similar. The length and sizes of one side should mirror the other.
Conversely, the asymmetrical design does not have mirrored sides. One side may contain taller equipment than the other. The lengths are not the same. This is practical for non-professional settings because it takes into account that the average household has a wide array of equipment that is not necessarily of the same size.
Create a seamless galley corridor
You can utilize the empty corridor to make your house seem wide. You can do this by connecting the corridor to a hallway directly out of your kitchen. This will give the impression that the area is spacious rather than cramped. You can concentrate all your least-used equipment at the closed-off end of the corridor while making the frequently used kitchen things more accessible.
Enhance your galley
Closed galleys are not the most comfortable areas to cook. Not to mention, they not the most sociable areas either. You can improve the galley by turning one of the runs into a kitchen island. This is a more spacious area to cook that retains its functionality.
You can improve the sociability of the galley by adding some bar stools or high chairs to one edge of the kitchen island. In that way, someone can sit nearby and chat with you as you cook. People are more likely to accompany you to cook if there’s enough space. In this way, you can transform cooking from a chore into a sociable activity.