Galley kitchens are kitchens in which all the important areas are next to each other. One of the biggest problems in this type of kitchens is storage space. There will not be a lotof below-worktop storage space, so perhaps it is an idea to have a big storage cupboard or a high refrigerator at the end of the galley.
Another point in galley kitchen is the walking distancebetween the main work areas. Try to minimise this distance, but keep in mind that you need worktop between the sink and the hob.
Two-way galley kitchens
Two-way galley kitchens provide a lot morestorage space below the worktop and will usually also have a better layout than a single galley kitchen. Whereas in a single galley kitchen the distances between cupboards are reasonably big, in atwo-way galley they're just behind you, so you have to walk less. This will save time. The shape of a two-way galley makes that the layout of your kitchen becomes more compact. Very important with thistype of kitchen is though to have enough space between the two galleys. There has to be enough space for example to look into your oven without bumping into the galley behind you. If this space betweenthe two galleys will turn out to be too narrow, then maybe you should think about re-shaping your kitchen.
The L-shaped kitchen will give a lot of workspace and storage spacebelow the worktop will not be a problem. Also the walking distance between the main zones in your kitchen will be minimised. Another big advantage of the L-shaped kitchen is that one of the corners ofyour kitchen will be free to use as a dining area. The problem area in an L-shaped kitchen is often the space under the worktop in the corner. For handy solutions to this, please go to our storagesection.
A U-shaped kitchen will give you a lot of work- and storage space. It can, however, become a bit of an enclosing space if the wall cupboards run all around the room....