7 Design Tips for Galley Kitchens

How to make the most of the space available in your galley kitchen

Galley kitchens are not only an effective way to make the most of limited space, they’re also a firm favourite with many chefs thanks to the efficiency of having everything in the kitchen within easy reach.

So if you’re considering this tried and tested layout for your new kitchen, here are seven essential design tips to follow.

  1. The distance between the two rows of cabinets in your galley kitchen can have a huge impact on the practicality of the room. If you live alone or in a couple where just one person tends to do the cooking, closer spacing means all your ingredients and amenities are conveniently close at hand. Whereas if you live with family or in a house-share where several people tend to prepare food at once, it’s best to leave a wider gap between the two sides of the kitchen.
  2. If your galley kitchen is within a larger dining space, arrange taller cabinet units against the back wall and only install shorter base units along the edge facing the rest of the room to create an airy, open feel. This way, the front face of your kitchen can also double up as a breakfast bar.
  3. A symmetrical design creates a better sense of balance, so try to ensure taller units like the fridge and top cupboards face each other.
  4. You should also try to avoid placing tall units next to windows, as this will block light from entering the room and leave your kitchen feeling gloomy and restricted.
  5. High gloss finishes and lighter colours are the best options to make smaller kitchens feel more open. You could also consider installing a mirror over cabinet base units to reflect light throughout the room, giving the illusion of more space.
  6. Opting for sleek slab cabinets with inlaid handles creates a better sense of flow in the kitchen, particularly for very narrow rooms. Avoiding external handles is also a smart idea if little ones are likely to be scampering around your feet as you cook, removing potential hazards at eye level.
  7. Likewise, if you’re a parent you might wish to keep your oven and sink to the same side of your galley kitchen, so you’re not at risk of having hot pans or sharp knives knocked out of your hands if little ones rush through the room at the wrong moment. Just remember to leave at least a metre between the oven and the sink if you opt for this setup, to allow enough room to prepare food