Designing a galley kitchen: Expert tips for making the most of narrow layouts

white galley kitchen with open door and view of brick fireplace
(Image credit: Dave Burton)

When faced with designing a galley kitchen you might feel restricted by the simple format and often narrow floorspace. However, this efficient way to organise a kitchen is one of the best loved by keen cooks thanks to easy access to appliances and streamlined workspaces. 

Derived from the galley of a ship, galley kitchen layouts are usually tight with two runs of parallel cabinets, although this could also be a single run with a long island. 

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.