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DIY kitchen remodel of a galley kitchen

Attractive young adult couple looking at house plans.Kitchens come in every shape and size, but some designs are better than others. If you have small kitchen and want to maximize the space and functionality, then a galley kitchen might be right for you. When you think of a galley kitchen, you probably think of a ship, and you are on the right track. If you’re thinking about a DIY kitchen remodel and have a small space for your kitchen, then a galley design might be right for you.

What Is a Galley Kitchen?

Earlier, we said that a galley kitchen is reminiscent of a ship because a ship’s galley is much narrower than a traditional kitchen. It’s the same with a small kitchen space. A galley kitchen consists of a single wide lane with appliances and cabinets on either side. It helps maximize efficiency and control the flow of traffic through the kitchen. It follows the design idea of the work triangle where the three most used appliances (stove, fridge and sink) form a triangle in the kitchen. Often, the stove is on one side and the sink and refrigerator on the other.

Timeless Kitchen Cabinet Design

Unlike most kitchen cabinet designs, a galley kitchen utilizes vertical instead of horizontal cabinets.  If you have a galley kitchen, then you’ll probably have a mix of open and traditional shelving. Vertical shelving is most often used because if makes use of the space better than horizonal shelving. The open shelves are used for easily grabbed items.

Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about a ship teetering back and forth in the waves and can have open shelves. If you run out of shelving room, then you can hang a pot rack on the ceiling. It fits the design space and makes a unique addition to any kitchen.

Organization Is Key

When you have a galley kitchen, organization is an important part of keeping the kitchen functional and efficient. The vertical cabinets often have baskets that hold necessary utensils and cooking tools. Since space is at a premium, get rid of any appliances that you don’t use much. You may love that juicer that you got for Christmas three years ago, but if you haven’t juiced anything, then get rid of it because it’s taking up important space. You can always sell it on eBay.

The goal of a galley kitchen is to have as much functionality as possible while maximizing the space available. It’s important that countertops and cabinets don’t have clutter, or you’re defeating the whole purpose of having this style of kitchen.

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Kitchen Remodel Help- glass front or open cabinets

Rustic_Brown_KitchenA kitchen remodel isn’t easy because there are so many decisions you have to make from the type and style of your new stove to the color and material of the kitchen cabinets. We all need kitchen remodel help every now and then, so we’ve put together this guide on choosing between glass front or open cabinets for your kitchen. A remodel is often a drastic change from the original kitchen, so people experiment with new ideas and concepts. If you’re debating between these two cabinet door types, this guide is for you.

Benefits of Glass Doors

When you decide that you want open cabinets or glass doors you’ve decided to show the contents of your kitchen to the world. This is a wonderful thing if you’re an expert in organization and have various dishes that you want to show off.

Glass doors can provide you with that see-through feel, but still allow for protection that open shelving can’t. For example, if you have cats or other animals in the house, then the glass front doors can keep them away from the dishes. The cats can get into open shelves and knock down glasses and other dishes to the floor. Glass fronts can also provide a modicum of privacy that you can’t get with open shelving.

Benefits of Open Shelving

One of the biggest advantages to open shelving is cost savings. The cabinet doors are some of the most expensive aspects of the cabinets, so with no doors, you’re saving money. Cabinet doors are also one of the most difficult decisions of RTA kitchen cabinets. There are so many types and designs to choose from that not having them is a much simpler decision.

If you have a vintage kitchen, and it’s filled with old kitchen utensils, etc., open shelving is a perfect way to show them off. Open cabinets are designed to display the items you’re storing, so they should be something special.

The Downsides of Glass and Open Shelving

The biggest issue with both types of timeless kitchen cabinets is the extra cleaning necessary. If the dishes displayed are rarely used, then they’ll gather dust and even cobwebs, which are an eyesore.

If you have any kitchen storage items such as canned goods and snack foods, you’ll have to either display them along with your vintage dishes or get creative with storage. Glass doors can hide them a little depending on the door design, but not open shelving. The other option is to have a mix of standard cabinet doors to cover this type of storage and open cabinets to highlight your dishes

Measuring kitchen cabinets

Here is Ben from Cabinetsbymail.com showing you how to measure your kitchen cabinets for an online order.  Make sure to get overall measurements and include electrical outlet, plumbing and appliance locations.  Measuring is a very important part of RTA cabinets.  An accurate plan will make the installation of the kitchen cabinets way easier.