Make It Work: Smart Design Solutions for Narrow Galley Kitchens

Make It Work: Smart Design Solutions for Narrow Galley Kitchens

Katie Holdefehr
Jan 12, 2017
(Image credit: My Paradissi )

If you live in a little apartment or a small home, chances are high that you have that dreaded real estate term: the "galley kitchen." Named after the narrow kitchens on ships, these rooms may be tight, but they're also known for using what little space there is very efficiently. To prove how cozy, stylish and functional a galley kitchen can be, we've rounded up ten pin-worthy rooms full of inspiring ideas for your next remodel.

(Image credit: Ladny Dom)

This minimalist kitchen from Ladny Dom puts every square foot of space to use. Installing a pretty apron sink at the far end of the narrow room keeps dish washing from getting in the way of food prep on the long butcher block countertop. A small wooden ledge with a pair of stools tucked underneath shows that even the tiniest of kitchens can be an eat-in kitchen. And an idea we're bookmarking for our next remodel: open cubbies above the cabinets for stashing cookbooks and infrequently used appliances.

(Image credit: Loving It)

This tiny space found on Loving It still manages to feel light and airy thanks to sleek white cabinet fronts with matching hardware. When choosing cabinets for cramped quarters, consider a minimalist design that will reduce visual clutter and make the room feel calmer. A whitewashed floor finishes the breezy space.

(Image credit: sfgirlbybay)

When talking kitchens, designers sometimes refer to the "work triangle," made up of the imaginary lines drawn between the top three work zones: the sink, the stovetop and the refrigerator. The small but sunny kitchen above, spotted on sfgirlbybay, manages to fit this triangular arrangement, making the little space super functional. For your remodel, think about whether your kitchen could benefit from this geometry lesson.

(Image credit: Cup of Jo)

This kitchen makeover featured on Cup of Jo proves that vertical storage is still a game-changer, even in a cabin with relatively low ceilings. To fit in extra shelving, install a set of open shelves above the sink. Line the lowest shelf with mugs and cutting boards you use every day, and reserve the top shelf for serving dishes you don't pull out too often.

(Image credit: Ben Pentreath)

If you're not a fan of minimalism, don't shy away from contrast—in both color and materials—in a galley kitchen. The room above by Ben Pentreath