Ideas to Renovate Your Galley Kitchen
Article by Joaquin Erazo, Jr.
Rather than despair over your galley kitchen, make the most of it. Galley kitchens that incorporate the right design allow for maximum use of vertical space and minimal movement between stations, making them ideal for any serious chef. Why? Because everything you need and use is within reach.
For those unfamiliar with this style kitchen, galley kitchens are narrow passageways with counter space and appliances on two sides. Your workspace runs between the two. Some have doors at both end of the room, though others open directly into the next room. Use these kitchen renovation ideas and fall in love with your galley kitchen!
Think Vertical: Maximize your storage space and look up. Select tall cabinets that reach all the way to the ceiling. If space remains above your cabinets, use that above-cabinet space for additional storage. If possible, store your pots and pans on a pot rack; you can get hanging racks that attach to the wall or ceiling.
Let There be Light: If the room feels small, see what you can do to increase natural light and make better use of artificial light. In other words, layer your lighting. For instance, cabinet-top lights that point to the ceiling can create a nice ambiance and make the ceiling feel higher. Light colors in the floor, cabinets, or countertops can also create a sense of space. Mirrored back splashes will reflect light and glass-fronted cabinets can also make the room look more spacious.
Built-in Organization: In a narrow kitchen, it’s very important to have a place for everything and to keep everything in its place. Organize your kitchen into stations, making one side exclusively for food preparation, with a cooktop, stove, and fridge, and the other side for clean up, with the sink, dishwasher, and dish storage. Many galley kitchens do not include ample space for a table and chairs. Instead, a great kitchen renovation project is a built-in banquette, which saves space and provides additional storage inside the benches. Rather than use your limited counter space to store small appliances, consider installing appliance garages during your kitchen renovation.
Downsize your Appliances: By scaling down your stove, fridge, and even microwave, you can free up valuable counter and cabinet space. Consider buying a combination cooktop and oven; wall ovens can take up needed counter space. Many newer refrigerator models are available in a slimmer counter-deep style. In a galley kitchen, saving space, even in small ways, leads to a better workflow.
About the Author
Joaquin Erazo, Jr. is with Case Handyman and Remodeling. Find a localkitchen remodeler near you!Learn more about kitchen renovations on our website.
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