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Is a Galley Kitchen a Good Fit for Your Home?

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A galley kitchen is a long, thin space with base cabinets, wall cabinets, counters or other features on one or both sides of a central corridor. Galley kitchens have become a popular choice for many homeowners over the years. 

In this article, kitchen and bathroom remodeling contractor VillWell Builders, LLC discusses the advantages and disadvantages of a galley kitchen to help you decide if it is a good fit for your home.

Benefits of a Galley Kitchen

When compared to other kitchen renovation projects, galley kitchens are a straightforward and cost-effective remodeling alternative. They are less expensive to build than other types of kitchen layouts as they are typically small.

A galley kitchen is popular in U.S. households due to its versatility and functionality. Since the preparation and cooking areas are close together, moving between them is easy.

Galley Kitchen Pros and Cons


  • Efficiency and Functionality

A galley kitchen is designed to be space-efficient. Everything that you need for meal preparation is close at hand.

  • Sufficient Work Space

A galley kitchen has enough work space as you can install counters on both sides. You can also quickly transfer from one area to another. The space is comfortable enough for one or two cooks to work at the same time. 

  • Best for Small Spaces

Galley kitchens are ideal for compact spaces or people who do not require a huge kitchen. Galley kitchens also offer variety and flexibility in your home design as they are often longer than they are broad. They can also be designed as an open or closed area.


  • Narrow Floor Space

The narrow space in a galley kitchen can make it feel cramped and small. Make sure to work with a reputable kitchen and deck and additions expert to ensure the best design and layout for your space. Lighting a galley kitchen can also be challenging, so pay special attention to this aspect of your remodel. 

  • Limited Storage Space

If you require a lot of kitchen storage space, a galley kitchen may not be the best option for you. Although cupboards, drawers and other types of storage can be installed in a galley kitchen, the storage space may not be enough, depending on how many kitchen items you own. A little creativity can help you organize things, but if you really need to extend your kitchen or add extra storage, a galley kitchen can only offer limited options.

  • Limited Space for People

Two people can comfortably use a galley kitchen at the same time if they work on the opposite sides of the kitchen. However, if multiple people are frequently in your kitchen at the same time, it would be difficult for them to move in such a compact space. That said, a galley kitchen isn’t suitable for large families or people who often entertain guests.

Choosing a reliable home improvement contractor is important. Fortunately, VillWell Builders, LLC offers comprehensive repair, installation and remodeling services. For any of your siding, roofing, kitchen and bathroom renovation needs, call us at (475) 271-1242 or fill out our contact form.

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