Galley kitchen ideas: Projects that get this layout just right
Posted on 13th July 2021
When I think of a galley kitchen, I think of Victorian terraced houses. It’s a kitchen layout often found in this type of property and once, I lived in one complete with such a kitchen layout. The classic scenario is a long, narrow kitchen that leads to a downstairs bathroom or to the back garden. Know what I mean? Ok, great.
The galley kitchen gets a bit of a bad rep at times. Yes, it’s a layout usually found in smaller kitchens and it’s one where an island typically doesn’t really work, but there are great benefits to shout about, too.
First, it’s a super-practical layout. Preferred by many chefs and often the type of kitchen layout found in professional kitchens (picture a prep line set-up), the galley kitchen means everything is in easy reach and you can usually turn on your heel and access what’s behind you quickly and simply.
Here you have the chance to differentiate functions on two sides of the room. For example, a sink area can be opposite the cooking zone, with plenty of prep space on both sides. You could even add a small peninsula onto a galley to create a useful serving area for hot dishes from the ovens and hob, close to the dining table. Or even a spot for your new home office.
Admittedly, the galley kitchen is best for only one or two people at a time, so if you like big social gatherings in the kitchen, it probably isn’t the right layout for you. But this layout can be cleverly utilised to connect to other spaces such as a dining area or outdoors to give you a degree of separation and some of connection.