With modern trends moving toward open concept homes and large kitchens, galley kitchens aren't always preferred. With two rows of cabinets and countertops running parallel to one another, you essentially have a wide hallway as your floor space, with appliances and storage on either side. However, while many homeowners wouldn't favor this design, a galley kitchen can be very functional when designed correctly. These kitchen remodeling tips can help make your area feel a bit larger while including all the space and storage you need.
How to Make the Most of a Galley Kitchen
1. Pack In Storage
Since you don't have a ton of horizontal space to work with in a galley kitchen, you may need to go vertical to fit all the storage you need. In addition to traditional drawers and cabinets, you might add toe kick drawers near the floors, or extend your cabinets up to the ceiling so you can fit in extra items overhead.
2. Maximize Light
Galley kitchens can sometimes feel a bit dark because they're often closed off. To make the space feel more open and bright, add extra lighting overhead or include task lighting under the cabinets. Then, maximize the light's impact by including reflective materials such as stainless steel appliances and glass-front cabinets. Finally, choose light colors for your paint, cabinets, and countertops.
3. Get Creative With Seating
One of the top complaints about galley kitchens is that they usually don't leave room for an island or table. However, you may still be able to make the space functional by including seating on one side of a peninsula. If your home layout allows it, work with a kitchen remodeling contractor to open up the space a bit so you can fit chairs or stools on the other side of your countertop.
If you’re planning a kitchen remodeling project, the professionals at Valley Design Center in the Upper East Side, Manhattan can help. This home improvement company helps you with every step of the process, from creating the initial design to completing the remodel. They have a showroom full of quality products to choose from, including those from top brands such as KraftMaid® and Toto®. With more than 20 years in business, this company is fully equipped to make your next remodel as easy and enjoyable as possible. Call (212) 832-4200 or visit the company’s website to get started.