Small Galley kitchen Design
Here’s a layout that might be situated in an alcove close to the dining area. In this set up, if there’s enough storage it can be nice to have one wall of the kitchen open to the dining area, either a peep through wall or a peninsula (effectively a galley with an island).
In the peninsula design above there could of course be a 1½ or double width peninsula that could accommodate an eating counter.
If you have a particularly long narrow room, leaving space at the end for a table can be a great solution.
And there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have an eating bar or eating counter in a galley kitchen.
This is a double run galley kitchen with one wall of full height units. Of course this means no counter space on that wall - so the one and a half depth counter space makes up for this.
Single Run Galley Kitchen Design
Single run galley kitchen design with cooking surface at center
So how do you handle the kitchen triangle in a single run galley kitchen layout? I haven’t come across any guidelines on this but having the cooking surface in the middle seems to be the most popular arrangement. I think this makes sense from a storage point of view. The way I see it with the cooking surface in the center you get food out of the refrigerator and the surrounding cupboards for preparing food (with a quick dash over to the sink for washing if necessary) move on to the cooking area, the clean up happens to the other side of the cooking surface and all the crockery and cutlery can be stored around the sink and dishwasher.
You could argue that because the sink is used in both food preparation and clean up that it should be in the middle – there’s plenty of single run galley kitchens set up like this as well.
Single run galley kitchen design with sink at center
A single run galley kitchen may be facing a table.
Or facing a wall for more privacy.
If you have the possibility of building a kitchen alcove into your design, you can put a little galley kitchen that's open plan with the doors open but with the ability to shield the kitchen view by pulling across the pocket doors. In the design below there's not really enough room to work with the doors closed behind you, but you could make it deeper if this is a requirement for you. Check out the kitchen dimensions page for more on space requirements.
If there’s a little more room a run of thin shelves can be added for extra storage.
Read more about aisle width requirements for your galley kitchen designs.
There are several free standing ‘kitchen cupboards’ available which provide cook top, oven, refrigerator, prep area, sink and storage all in a width of just 48 inches or 1.22cm. Now this design wouldn’t be in line with all the recommended kitchen dimensions – but if you’re tight for space there’s always room for a kitchen.
The main goals of good kitchen design layout are to...
- Have sufficient counter space.
- Have sufficient storage. Have a look at some different kitchen storage solutions and kitchen storage ideas.
- Have the right amount of ‘preparation privacy’ for you. That’s the amount of physical and visual privacy from the dining area and the rest of the home.
So now that we’ve had a look at all the layouts let’s discuss how these kitchens perform in relation to the kitchen design layout goals.
Counter space is no problem in a double run galley kitchen but can quickly become an issue in a single run arrangement. If there's a table nearby the single run it can be used as extra counter space until it's time to sit down for the meal - in fact I find it quite relaxing to sit at the kitchen table to peel the potatoes!