45 Galley Kitchen Layout Ideas (Photos)

Here's our collection of galley kitchen layout ideas - all sizes, styles and price points. Some are large and luxurious while others compact and efficiently sized for smaller homes.
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Galley kitchen layout

After analyzing hundreds of thousands of kitchen layouts, we discovered that the galley shape is the third most popular at 15%.  Despite being third, we have a huge photo gallery of galley kitchen layout ideas.

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Please note:  Some of our galley kitchen designs below may on the surface not look like the typical galley kitchen because of the island running down the middle, but the fact that they have counters running parallel down each side makes them a galley with an island.

A galley kitchen with brown kitchen counters and cabinetry. The smooth countertops look beautiful as well.

A galley kitchen with brown kitchen counters and cabinetry. The smooth countertops look beautiful as well.

This galley kitchen offers stylish kitchen counters with black countertops along with a small dining nook on the corner lighted by a classy ceiling lighting.

This galley kitchen offers stylish kitchen counters with black countertops along with a small dining nook on the corner lighted by a classy ceiling lighting.

This galley kitchen with granite countertops also boasts classy flooring and lighting.

This galley kitchen with granite countertops also boasts classy flooring and lighting.

Galley kitchen with wooden cabinetry and counters with white countertops and hardwood flooring, along with a dining table set.

Galley kitchen with wooden cabinetry and counters with white countertops and hardwood flooring, along with a dining table set.

This galley kitchen with stylish cabinetry and counters also offers a large center island, along with a dining nook on the side.

This galley kitchen with stylish cabinetry and counters also offers a large center island, along with a dining nook on the side.

The kitchen boasts smooth white countertops and white walls along with hardwood flooring and espresso-finished cabinets.

Massive white kitchen with ornate coffered ceiling in galley layout with large center island.

Luxury kitchen with an arched brick ceiling and long center island with an attached cozy table for two.

Luxury kitchen with an arched brick ceiling and long center island with an attached cozy table for two.

Large galley kitchen with surrounded with white walls, cabinetry, counters and countertops along with hardwood flooring.

A galley kitchen with a large center island with a marble countertop set on the hardwood flooring.

A galley kitchen with a large center island with a marble countertop set on the hardwood flooring.

This galley kitchen boasts beautiful brown cabinetry and counters with black granite countertops. The lighting looks very beautiful as well.

This galley kitchen boasts beautiful brown cabinetry and counters with black granite countertops. The lighting looks very beautiful as well.

This galley kitchen boasts hardwood flooring topped by a classy rug. The walls and the lights look so elegant as well.

This galley kitchen boasts hardwood flooring topped by a classy rug. The walls and the lights look so elegant as well.

Large galley kitchen with hardwood flooring and a large center island with a marble countertop.

Large galley kitchen with hardwood flooring and a large center island with a marble countertop.

This galley kitchen features granite countertops on both counters and center island, lighted by a pair of pendant lights.

This galley kitchen features granite countertops on both counters and center island, lighted by a pair of pendant lights.

This beautiful galley kitchen features stylish center island and classy kitchen counter, both with smooth white countertops.

This beautiful galley kitchen features stylish center island and classy kitchen counter, both with smooth white countertops.

Large galley kitchen with brown hardwood flooring, surrounded by white walls. The large center island boasts white countertop similar to the kitchen counter's.

Large galley kitchen with brown hardwood flooring, surrounded by white walls. The large center island boasts white countertop similar to the kitchen counter’s.

Large galley style kitchen with a massive center island set on the hardwood flooring and lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

Large galley style kitchen with a massive center island set on the hardwood flooring and lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

Large galley kitchen with beautiful tiles flooring and countertops. The lighting looks so glamorous as well.

Large galley kitchen with beautiful tiles flooring and countertops. The lighting looks so glamorous as well.

A modish galley kitchen featuring marble countertops and tiles flooring, along with gray accent counters and cabinetry.

A modish galley kitchen featuring marble countertops and tiles flooring, along with gray accent counters and cabinetry.

This galley kitchen with white walls and countertops along with dark brown accent looks beautiful.

This galley kitchen with white walls and countertops along with dark brown accent looks beautiful.

This kitchen features black tiles flooring surrounded by white walls, white cabinetry and white counters with white countertops.

This kitchen features black tiles flooring surrounded by white walls, white cabinetry and white counters with white countertops.

This kitchen features black tiles flooring surrounded by white walls, white cabinetry and white counters with white countertops.

This kitchen features black tiles flooring surrounded by white walls, white cabinetry and white counters with white countertops.

This galley kitchen is surrounded by white walls and ceiling. The white countertop matches well with the kitchen's style too.

This galley kitchen is surrounded by white walls and ceiling. The white countertop matches well with the kitchen’s style too.

This galley kitchen with walnut finished cabinetry and counters look perfect together with the white countertops, hardwood floors and white walls with artistic decor.

Large galley kitchen with yellow accent and a massive center island with white countertop. White tiles floors and ceiling looks absolutely lovely as well.

This galley kitchen boasts light blue accent cabinetry and kitchen counters set on the hardwood flooring. The color combinations are so glamorous.

Designed by: POLYstudio

This galley kitchen boasts light blue accent cabinetry and kitchen counters set on the hardwood flooring. The color combinations are so glamorous.

A galley kitchen with hardwood flooring and black counters and center island. The white walls with lovely decor look attractive as well.

Designed by: Axis Mundi

A galley kitchen with hardwood flooring and black counters and center island. The white walls with lovely decor look attractive as well.

This galley kitchen features small tiles flooring with white walls, counters and cabinetry.

Designed by: Aketuri Architektai

This galley kitchen features small tiles flooring with white walls, counters and cabinetry.

A focused shot at this galley kitchen’s glass window overlooking the beautiful surroundings around the property.

Large galley kitchen with stylish cabinetry and counters along with elegant floors. The center island looks so cool as well while providing space for a breakfast bar.

Designed by: Artigas Arquitectes

Large galley kitchen with stylish cabinetry and counters along with elegant floors. The center island looks so cool as well while providing space for a breakfast bar.

Large galley kitchen with contemporary style walls and floors, along with beautiful kitchen counters and center island lighted by glamorous pendant lights.

Designed by: Artigas Arquitectes

Large galley kitchen with contemporary style walls and floors, along with beautiful kitchen counters and center island lighted by glamorous pendant lights.

This galley kitchen features tiles floors along with brown kitchen counters and cabinetry. The lighting looks classy and beautiful.

Designed by: A-cero

This galley kitchen features tiles floors along with brown kitchen counters and cabinetry. The lighting looks classy and beautiful.

Large galley kitchen with beautiful color combinations. The center island with a plank countertop for the breakfast bar, lighted by three pendant lights look so stylish.

This galley kitchen features green cabinetry and kitchen counters paired with black stylish countertops. The color combination used in this kitchen looks so beautiful.

Large galley kitchen with white walls and ceiling, paired with black center island and dining table set.

Designed by: Canny

Large galley kitchen with white walls and ceiling, paired with black center island and dining table set.

Large galley kitchen with brown cabinetry and kitchen counters with dark marble countertops. The tiles flooring and recessed lighting look very classy together.

This galley kitchen looks modish, featuring dark finished cabinetry and counters, along with the countertops. The glass windows overlook the beautiful outdoor space outside.

This galley kitchen features amazing marble countertops on both center island and kitchen counter. The backsplash is made of marble as well.

This galley kitchen offers pink walls, pink cabinetry, pink counters and pink appliances. The checkered tiles flooring look perfect with the kitchen’s color.

Large galley kitchen with white walls, white counters and white countertops with beautiful wall lighting. The recessed ceiling lights look also beautiful.

Large galley kitchen boasting dark hardwood floors and a small wooden center island.

A beautiful galley kitchen with brown cabinetry and counters with white marble countertops. The recessed lights are perfect for this kitchen.

This galley kitchen offers white cabinetry, white counters and marble countertops, along with the hardwood flooring.

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This galley kitchen offers white cabinetry, white counters and marble countertops, along with the hardwood flooring.

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Galley Kitchen Design Ideas

The Galley kitchen is based on the cooking area in ships at sea but interpreted a bit more loosely; it’s a pair of parallel countertops with a path through the middle. Galley kitchens certainly aren’t for everyone, but in some spaces, a galley kitchen can be a sight to behold and a joy to work in.

Slaving Away In The Galley

The modern galley kitchen has two countertops and is typically very densely packed, relying on both flat countertop space, hanging tools, overhead cupboards, and under the counter cabinets to make sure that everything comes together nicely.

In a galley kitchen that’s well designed, you’ll find that everything is within an arm’s reach, whether it’s the door of the oven, the handle of the knife from the block, or the switch for the garbage disposal.

You’ll be twisting and turning around a lot when you work in a galley style kitchen, so make sure you keep that in the back of your mind as you come up with design ideas. The best galley kitchens make great use of their vertical space to hang utensils and other items which are needed at a moment’s notice.

Is Your Galley Kitchen See-Worthy?

Many galley kitchens have access to natural light via windows on one of their surfaces, which can brighten up the entire area. Other galley kitchens are closer to their original shipborne counterparts, and only have artificial light to keep them feeling charming.

If you only have artificial light for your galley kitchen, make sure that it’s a warm and inviting light that matches your cupboards—you’ll be seeing them a lot, and you don’t want anything that’s too reflective in the small space.

Speaking of the small space, most galley kitchens are made so that there’s only enough room for one person to be in the kitchen and to pass through the galley at a time. If you plan on having a lot of helpers, you may want to consider making the passageway of your galley kitchen a lot wider, most likely at the expense of counter space.

Some galley kitchens are paths to other parts of the house, whereas others are dead ends. If this is in your control, try to make your galley kitchen into a path to another part of your house—it’s a much more pleasant and open feeling than the cramped-in-the-belly-of-the-ship feeling that can result otherwise.

If you’re interested in other galley kitchen design ideas or other kitchen design ideas, check out our photo gallery.










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