(Closed) What The Heck Is Up With Galley Kitchens?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t think it’d bother me if it was just me and my hubby…..but as soon as we have kids…pssh that kitchen would be awful to have.  I need space.  I feel ya!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve lived in a few homes with galley style kitchens and I never had a problem with them. I’ll admit, I like a kitchen island better. But functionally the galley worked fine for us.

What in particular bothers you about them?

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

I think people are using galley in a really liberal way these days.  That kitchen looks like it’s open to another room. I think it looks just fine…and I cook and bake.  In an idea world, I’d remove the bar and make that an island with the entire workspace on the same level.

A galley kitchen is a closed off, shotgun room.  Like this:

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hey that looks nicer than our kitchen! 

I don’t like the feel of a galley kitchen either, but they aren’t hard to live with.  Especially if there’s room for a table on the other side of that counterop. 

We have a small eat-in kitchen and it’s maddening to try to get around the table.  You also can’t do dishes and cook at the same time because the dishwasher and oven interfere with each other.  And there’s about 3 square feet of counter space, most of which is way back in the corner next to the oven. 

*sigh*  Guess I’m saying it could be worse.  🙂  Your husband could have picked out your house when you had barely been dating because it had a pool (never use it), hot tub (now broken, never repaired and just sitting there full of squirrels), and bar in the basement (just covered in all the stuff that doesn’t fit in the kitchen!). 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have a galley kitchen and I like it.  I actually feel like I have MORE space in my galley – as in, more room for storage, and counter space.  Yah, I’m sacrificing walking space but in all of my other kitchens I felt like there was so much wasted space.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

The one you posted has the potential to look like these (sans windows, of course):

 

 

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If the finishes in the kitchen are nice, and I liked everything else about the house. A galley kitchen wouldn’t be a deal breaker for me. But you are the one who has to live in the house, so you have to like it.

Depending if you like everything else about the house and on the layout of the house, you could think about knocking down a wall in the future to open up the kitchen and potentially re-organize the space. The galley kitchens I’ve lived with definitely had enough storage space. But was limited on the number of people that could be in the kitchen at any one time.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Galley kitchens aren’t so bad. I’d be thrilled with one, as opposed to the closet of a kitchen I have now. Much like one of the PPs, my Darling Husband bought a house very early on in our relationship and he didn’t care about having a decent usable kitchen in his bachelor pad. 

Galley kitchens aren’t that awesome if you’re planning on cooking together (though I’m sure people manage). But for one cook, they work fine.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Honestly I’d rather just have the counter and storage space. I have a non galley kitchen but its not bog enough to have an island (maybe a peninsula) and barely enough room to fit all our kitchen stuff. I think a galley would be annoying if you wanted to have more than one person over to cook, or spent a lot of time there (might feel claustrophobic).

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

They’re actually really efficient – because of the narrowness, everything is closer.  My galley just has one area of counter space next to the stove, and then the sink and a ton of shelving is behind me.  I leave one area of shelving open so I can set things there (bowls of prepped veggies, etc) and free up space.  The downside is that people can’t really come in and hang out while I cook, but I’m not really into that anyway.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I have a galley kitchen, and personally I love it.

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