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The Galley or Corridor Kitchen Layout

The Galley or Corridor Kitchen Layout

Chris Adams, Copyright 2008, Licensed to About.com
The galley or corridor kitchen layout is a standard kitchen layout suitable for small rectangular spaces.

Basic Dimensions

  • A galley kitchen 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
Basic Design Elements
  • 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 for it to open
Other Considerations
  • Having the kitchen open at both ends creates a through traffic corridor -- you will need a wider space between counters to avoid congestion
  • Having the kitchen open on one end is the most efficient arrangement for kitchen use
  • Place the sink in front of an window or opening in the wall
  • Ensure you have the proper lighting levels for the task
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