How to Design a Galley Kitchen
Our solid wood kitchens are the hub of any modern home, and whilst the kitchen designers of Great Britain have more recently favoured a spacious open-plan kitchen, this is simply not possible in some smaller or older home layouts. One of the alternatives to open-plan is a ‘galley’ style kitchen – named after the type of narrow two-walled kitchen you would find on many boats. If you are unsure where to start on your galley kitchen, we hope that the following hints and tips will set you off in the right direction.
Make Use of Wall Space
Galley kitchens are often a little more pushed for space than an open-plan kitchen, so making the most of any wall space available is crucial. Our wide range of solid oak wall cabinets means that you can incorporate plenty of versatile storage without using up precious floor space.
Not only do they provide great space-saving solutions, but the extra height offers more secure storage for items you don’t want within reach of small hands! We can also provide open fronted or glazed door cabinets to add an extra dimension to your kitchen’s design.
Keep Light in the Kitchen
Often natural light is more limited in a galley kitchen, as there may only be a single window, or windows on one side of the kitchen. To make best use of all your food preparation space, it is preferred to have plenty of natural light in all parts of your kitchen.
To reflect the light in a narrow kitchen as much as possible, consider using bright whites, blues or greens on walls and cabinetry, and also consider choosing a lighter coloured work surface material such as our maple or bamboo worktops.
If you are really pushed for space in your galley kitchen, consider removing doors to create open doorways that will make your kitchen feel larger, lighter and more social.
Alternatively, if you have the space to install sliding doors, consider these as a great alternative to a traditional hinged door. This type of door doesn’t take up as much room and can be glazed to allow plenty of light through, but also means that you can close the kitchen off to the rest of the house – should you wish.
Wirework Makes the Most of Storage Space
Making the most of cabinet space in galley kitchens is crucial for a successful kitchen design. To use the full quota of space in your solid oak kitchen cabinets, we offer a wide range of cabinet wirework.
From innovative basket solutions for corner cabinets, to full-height ‘pull & swing pantry’ wirework, our wirework options can greatly increase the usable space in any kitchen.
Many of our high-quality wirework products are made in Great Britain and include a soft-close mechanism.
If you are looking for further information on creating the perfect galley kitchen, why not visit one of our kitchen showrooms? Whilst we don’t offer a planning service as such, our kitchen experts are always on hand to help make tough design choices a little easier.