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Corridor Kitchen: Space-Saving Design
The best kitchen designs balance functionality with style and appearance. The corridor kitchen design is a popular style that optimizes kitchen workflow and saves space.
What Is a Corridor Kitchen?
A corridor kitchen is a long, narrow kitchen layout that has services either on one side or two sides of the corridor. Another name applied to it is galley kitchen, referring to the tiny, narrow kitchens found on marine vessels.
The corridor kitchen design is often one not of choice but of circumstance when you only have a small space to work with. But many homeowners also do favor the corridor-style kitchen simply because it best suits their needs.
Corridor Kitchen Pros and Cons
- Saves space
- Minimizes the use of expensive countertops
- Clusters the services (water, electrical, etc.) together
- Promotes effective kitchen triangle design
- Saves money, as stock cabinets and appliances easily fit into this design
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- Lower resale value, as home buyers tend to favor larger kitchens
- Can be difficult for disabled users to negotiate this small space
- Tight quarters, especially when more than one cook is involved
- Poor house design when the corridor kitchen is a pass-through to other areas of the house
- The small, contained area is prone to heat build-up
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Corridor Kitchen With Counter and Fridge on One Side
This corridor style kitchen design gives you the widest possible kitchen triangle, meaning that you have the farther distances to travel between sink, stove, and fridge. At the same time, considering the small size of this layout, the distance between the three points is not too far for most users.
This kitchen design is dependent on the fact that you are inserting the kitchen between two walls. You cannot have a kitchen island or peninsula on one side.
Isolating the refrigerator on the right side means that you need to provide an electric outlet for it. If you have two walls, there will be an electric outlet on that side, because the electrical code requires it.
Remember, the dishwasher is inserted under the counter, so rest assured that you do have countertops between the sink and stove. Even though you could switch the stove and dishwasher positions, it is best to keep sink and dishwasher together because the dishwater needs access to water supply and drainage.
Pros and Cons
- Long expanse of countertop
- Water-dependent services are on one side
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- Refrigerator separate from the cooking area
- Work area opposite from sink
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Corridor Kitchen With All Services on One Side
This kitchen design works with either a double wall kitchen space or with a peninsula kitchen space (the wall on one side, peninsula or kitchen island on another side).
Because the right side of this design has no services, it does not need access to electricity or water. Also, because you are not placing the fridge in that spot, you have no problems with people on the open side (i.e., living room) seeing the unattractive back of the fridge.
You have a long stretch of countertop on the right side but at the expense of cramming all of your services on the other side. This means that you do not benefit from the kitchen triangle design.
Finally, the dishwasher may need to be omitted. Many kitchens will have room only for those three main services (sink, stove, and fridge), but not the dishwasher.
Pros and Cons
- The longest stretch of countertop of all corridor-style kitchens
- All services are on one side
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- Difficulty in placing the dishwasher; may need to be omitted
- Tight placement of services on one side
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Corridor Kitchen With Stove on One Side
This design for corridor-style kitchens is desirable because one of the key services—the stove—is set out by itself. This layout provides plenty of countertop room on either side for chopping, cutting, stirring, and everything else you need to do in support of cooking. Also, this design preserves the desired kitchen triangle workflow path.
If that right side is a peninsula or kitchen island, the cook is able to face the open side while cooking and socialize with other people. This design is dependent on a supply of gas or electricity to the peninsula or island. Usually, gas and electricity are found only against walls.
If you have the luxury of space, you may find that this corridor-style kitchen design offers the greatest range of benefits.
Pros and Cons
- Best for cooking: counter on both sides
- Most flexible design
- Counter broken into two sections
- Separate electrical or gas hook-up required since the stove is on the opposite side of the corridor