If you live in a little apartment or a small home, chances are high that you have that dreaded real estate term: the "galley kitchen." Named after the narrow kitchens on ships, these rooms may be tight, but they're also known for using what little space there is very efficiently.
To prove how cozy, stylish, and functional a galley kitchen can be, we've rounded up 10 pin-worthy rooms full of inspiring ideas for your next remodel.
1. Smart Layout
This minimalist kitchen from Ladny Dom puts every square foot of space to use. Installing a pretty apron sink at the far end of the narrow room keeps dish washing from getting in the way of food prep on the long butcher block countertop. A small wooden ledge with a pair of stools tucked underneath shows that even the tiniest of kitchens can be an eat-in kitchen. And an idea we're bookmarking for our next remodel? Open cubbies above the cabinets for stashing cookbooks and infrequently used appliances.
2. Light and Airy
This tiny space found on Loving It still manages to feel light and airy, thanks to sleek white cabinet fronts with matching hardware. When choosing cabinets for cramped quarters, consider a minimalist design that will reduce visual clutter and make the room feel calmer. A whitewashed floor finishes the breezy space.
3. Triangle Perfection
When talking kitchens, designers sometimes refer to the "work triangle," made up of the imaginary lines drawn between the top three work zones: the sink, the stovetop, and the refrigerator. The small but sunny kitchen above, spotted on sfgirlbybay, manages to fit this triangular arrangement, making the little space super functional.
4. Vertical Storage
This kitchen makeover featured on Cup of Jo proves that vertical storage is still a game-changer, even in a cabin with relatively low ceilings. To fit in extra shelving, install a set of open shelves above the sink. Line the lowest shelf with mugs and cutting boards you use every day, and reserve the top shelf for serving dishes you don't pull out too often.
5. Slightly Open
When Sarah Sherman Samuel first started working on this space, the kitchen was completely separated from the rest of the house. By cutting an opening in the dividing wall, she added in the eating nook that wouldn't fit in the narrow kitchen. Visit her blog to see what the room looked like before the remodel.
6. Little Luxuries
When you're renovating a tiny kitchen, the limited number of choices you have to make is all the more reason to make each one feel special. Herringbone flooring looks beautiful in this galley from My Paradissi, and this luxe choice is less expensive here than in a huge kitchen. The same goes for marble countertops — they're much more affordable if you don't have miles of countertop to cover. Tiny touches of gold on the faucet, pendant lights, and hardware make the entire room feel shiny and new.
7. An Inviting Galley
The kitchen is one of my favorite spots to hang out with friends, but in a galley, it's hard to have more than one person in the room without getting that "too many cooks in the kitchen" feeling. To solve this problem, Jenny Wolf Interiors installed a bench across one end of the room, so a couple guests can relax and chat with the host — while staying out of their way.
This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: Make It Work: Smart Design Solutions for Narrow Galley Kitchens
Which one is your favorite?