How to Remodel a Galley Style Kitchen

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Galley kitchens typically can be found in apartments, condos, townhouses and smaller homes. In a galley kitchen two counters run parallel to each other with appliances spaced along them. One of the great advantages of a galley kitchen is that a cook can turn from one counter to the other without walking any distance. One distinct disadvantage is the limited floor space makes it difficult for more than one person at a time to use the kitchen. Generally, galley kitchens have no room for a table and chairs and storage space is at a premium. Try these ideas to remodel a galley style kitchen that is efficient and modern.

Galley kitchen layout
(Ebuild, Shelves That Slide, Calfinder)

Things You'll Need

  • Under-counter refrigerator
  • Tall cabinets
  • Micro/hood fan combo
  • Trash compactor
  • Garbage disposal
  • Recycling bin
  • Pull-out shelves
  • Under cabinet lighting
  • Tile
Step 1:

Maximize counter and cupboard space by replacing a standard refrigerator with under-counter refrigerator and freezer units. The average two-door models offer about 6 cubic feet of storage.

Step 2:

Install ceiling height cabinets over both countertops. Use glass-fronted cabinets on one side to create the illusion of more space. Choose a light-colored wood to enhance the sense of space.

Step 3:

Keep countertops clear by purchasing a built-in microwave/hood fan combination for above the stove.

Step 4:

Eliminate the need for a free-standing garbage can by installing a trash compactor under the counter, and a garbage disposal in the sink. Hang a recycling bin on the inside of the door under the sink.

Step 5:

Create a pantry with pull-out shelves hidden behind cabinet doors. Store spices in one of the drawers to keep countertops clear.

Step 6:

Install lights under the cabinets for a dramatic, modern look that adds illumination to your workspace.

Step 7:

Use the same tile over both back splashes. A solid color that matches or complements the floor covering will create a unified look in the room.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Put small appliances away when they're not in use.

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