If you’ve got a galley kitchen in mind, you’ll need to know how to design it so as to maximise the space you have available. You’ll also need to make the layout functional and of course, attractive.
Here are the 6 essential tips and considerations you need to bear in mind when planning your dream galley kitchen:
- Space between units – leaving just enough, but not too much. The perfect galley kitchen is one which leaves plenty of space in the centre for all doors and drawers to open fully, as well as for a person to get through when another is cooking. If you have more space available, it’s tempting to make this central area wider. If you do this, bear in mind that it could cause you to lose some efficiency in the design (as the ideal galley kitchen allows you to turn one way, and then turn back)
- Will the kitchen become a corridor? A galley kitchen that leads onto other rooms on both sides can easily turn into a thoroughfare, seeing heavy foot traffic. Some people are perfectly fine with this, as it can help to turn the kitchen into more of a social space. For others, it can be a bit of a problem.
- Symmetrical or asymmetrical? There are a surprising number of options available with galley kitchens. You can match both runs of units in height and finish, or you can fill one side with tall units and storage, leaving the other as clear worktop space.
- Do you need a more sociable kitchen? A galley kitchen in an enclosed space is not always the most sociable of spaces, as the cook has no access to guests unless they physically stand in the kitchen with them while food is prepared. However, a galley in an open plan space, or one with a dining space at one end, can work really well.
- Adding light and interest. Galley layouts can seem limiting and restrictive to some people, simply because they are often fitted into small spaces. However, there are lots of ways you can break up the space, add light and design flourishes and generally give your kitchen a luxe finish. Picture windows, chalkboard walls, hanging herb baskets and tiny counter units and stools can all enhance your space marvellously.
- Do you have the space for an island? You might think that open plan kitchen dining spaces with an island are a completely different type of kitchen, but they’re actually a popular adaptation of the efficient, functional galley style. If you have the space, make the most of it!