Galley Kitchen Design

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Galley kitchen design is a kitchen design that is built along both sides of a walk through area. This type of kitchen design is suitable for long and narrow space, just like the galley on a boat. Galley kitchen design is a design of household kitchen where the units are fitted into a continuous array with no kitchen table, allowing the maximum use of a restricted space, and allowing work with the minimum of required movement between units. Such kitchens increase storage space by working vertically, with hanging pots, dish racks and ceiling-hung cabinets common.

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Here are some of the tips to remodel your kitchen to galley kitchen design taken from galley kitchen design in About.com

The basic dimensions of a galley kitchen design should be:

  • A galley kitchen design can be any length by dividing the kitchen into multiple work zones
  • The length of a work zone in a galley kitchen (such as the work triangle) should be a maximum of 8 feet
  • The width of a galley kitchen should be between 7 to 12 feet with a minimum of 3 feet between countertops
  • 3 feet between counter tops is tight and is best reserved for single occupancy kitchens
  • 4 to 5 feet between countertops is optimal

And the basic dimension should be:

  • Countertops
    • Two countertops on opposing walls at the optimal countertop height
    • Countertops should be of relatively equal length for maximum working surface
  • Cabinets
    • Optimal cabinet heights should be used unless special considerations exist
    • Base cabinets should be a minimum of 24-inches deep and posses an adequate toe kick
    • Upper cabinets should be used where additional storage space is needed
    • No upper cabinets should be placed above the sink
  • Work Triangle
    • The traditional kitchen work triangle should be an equilateral triangle
    • It should have one element on one wall roughly centered between the other two elements on the opposite wall
    • A side-by-side refrigerator can be used as the central element
    • A standard refrigerator should only be placed on the wall with two elements
    • The refrigerator’s hinge should be placed on the outside corner of the triangle so it can be opened from the center of the triangle
    • If the work triangle is thin, the center element should be placed off center away from the refrigerator to allow more room of narrow galley kitchen design to open.
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