Good Question: Making A Galley Kitchen More Functional?

Good Question: Making A Galley Kitchen More Functional?

Abby Stone
Oct 29, 2008

102908-kitchen01.jpgSpedie1 whose living room you commented on yesterday, has a galley kitchen she also needs help with:

I haven't been able to cook a decent meal in this kitchen, which is one of the main reasons I am doing the ApartmentTherapy cure. There are so many things wrong with this kitchen. I have a verbal agreement with the landlord to have this kitchen redone with me chipping in for some of the cost. I need some way to organize this kitchen to make it more functional.

Perhaps it's because our own kitchen's designed on this model but we love a galley kitchen. Galley kitchens, as their name implies, are streamlined quarters where space is at a premium. If well organized, they can be a dream of efficiency, with everything at arm's length and no task requiring more than a few steps, a few pivots or a bit of a stretch. But, organizing them so that their function is "ship-shape" can be a challenge.

As with any kitchen, we'd suggest you organize by function aka stations. The stove is the centrepiece of the cooking station. You might want to consider moving your hanging pans so they are directly above the stove and considering other ideas for storing your spices and oils at arm's length. Do you bake? Designate a baking area, near a counter where you can roll out pastry or put a standing mixer, and put your baking supplies (flour, sugar, vanilla) in a cabinet above or below so you can easily grab what you need. Move your dishware, glasses and silverware near the sink so that they can be quickly put away after washing. Clear counters of stuff that you are not using daily and deep six items you never use (we prefer bread grilled on the stove or toasted in the oven so we got rid of our toaster), removing all items that are not "kitchen related." Consider a shelving unit above your washer for baskets that hold a load's worth of each type of laundry you do so sortings already done. Finally, consider cosmetic changes: a new lighting fixture, new cabinet knobs, wallpapering or painting one wall (maybe even that wall behind your laundry). Does anyone else have any suggestions for Spedie1?

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