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What is a Galley Kitchen? Everything You Never Knew!

  • by Joel Adepoju

If you’ve heard about galley kitchens and wondered if it matters or how you can make your kitchen to look like one, then this is the best guide for you. We carefully discussed what galley kitchen is all about,  and its pros and cons.


But before we discuss Galley Kitchens, it is pertinent we know what  the word “galley” even mean. We can simply say that a galley is the compartment of a ship, train, or aircraft where food is cooked and prepared. It can also refer to a land-based kitchen on a naval base, or, from a kitchen design point of view, to a straight design of the kitchen layout.

What is a Galley Kitchen?

A galley kitchen is a long, narrow kitchen layout with services on one or both sides. An aisle runs down the center of a galley kitchen. Sometimes, the galley kitchen dead-ends at one end or it can be a pass-through kitchen.

If your home is small, then considering setting up a galley kitchen would be a good decision to make. You’ll easily find galley kitchens in homes with smaller footprints and also homes that do not really focus on creating a social space. 


Below is the beautiful part of this kitchen style…

Since galley kitchens are known to be small, they tend to be less expensive to build or remodel. You mostly don’t have to bother about a kitchen island. It will interest you to know that galley kitchens are ergonomically better than some other kitchen design layouts since key services are clustered near each other. By this, we mean that reaching for items from one end of the kitchen to another is reduced to the barrest minimum. 

Some other benefits are; It’s the most efficient layout for cooking, It maximizes space, Tight cluster of essential kitchen services, Lower cost on cabinets and counters means more money for other items.


Some draw back to this set up is that it is not good for more than two cooks at a time, not enough counter top and storage space, lower resale value, standard sink configurations recommended, hard to fit larger size appliances, and so on.

Final Words…

Now that you know what a galley kitchen is all about, and its pros and cons, we believe that you can confidently make a set up decision. In our next article, we’ll explain in details the key things to consider while setting up a galley kitchen. 


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