The galley kitchen gets its name from its resemblance to the kitchen aboard a vessel— called the "galley." The biggest hallmark of galley kitchen design is its layout: cabinet units
Here's a layout that might be situated in an alcove close to the dining area. In this set up, if there's enough storage it can be nice to have one wall of the kitchen open to the dining area, either a peep through wall or a peninsula (effectively a galley with an island).
Modern Galley Kitchen with Island The advantage of having a kitchen island is that you are able to use 2 or more sides of the countertop, allowing you to use it for multiple purposes. For most, kitchen islands not only serve as additional work top, but also function as a small dining area, bar table, as well as a low divider that subtly separates spaces in open plans.
Small Kitchen Island Aisles and Clearances Once you've decided that you'd like to add a kitchen island, how large should your island be? According to the book The Architect's Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design, allow an aisle of 36" wide or 42" wide if the island is facing an appliance door.
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If you're involved in the design stages of your galley kitchen, situate the sink at the end of the narrow space. "You can go and drop things off there, plus it frees up the counter space opposite of the stove for more prep area," says Shaya. "Prep space is the most coveted space in a galley kitchen where everything's stacked next to each other."