Corridor Kitchen Layout Ideas

  • 01 of 04

    3 Corridor Kitchen Layout Ideas

    Corridor kitchen
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    The best kitchen designs tend to center around functionality. The corridor-style kitchen design optimizes kitchen workflow and saves space, but it does have its limitations--as we will see.

    See:  Pictures of Great Galley Kitchen Ideas

    The corridor-style kitchen design is often one not of choice but of circumstances: you have a small space to work with. To further give the corridor-style kitchen an inferiority complex, another name applied to it is "galley style kitchen" (as in boat galley). But many homeowners also do choose the corridor-style kitchen simply because they think it best suits their needs. The corridor style kitchen:

    • Saves space.
    • Minimizes use of expensive countertops.
    • Clusters the services (water, electrical, etc.) together.
    • Promotes effective kitchen triangle design.
    • Saves you money - stock cabinets and appliances easily fit into this design.

    Walls on Both Sides - With this type of kitchen space, you have a tight space with walls on either side. The kitchen is essentially shoehorned into this space.

    Kitchen Island or Peninsula - When you have a wall on one side and an open space (like a living room) on the other side. On the open side, a kitchen island or peninsula of cabinets and countertop forms a wall between the kitchen and the open space. We will illustrate a number of layouts within both types of kitchen spaces.

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  • 02 of 04

    Corridor Kitchen Layout With Fridge On One Side

    Kitchen Design - Corridor Style, Services on One Side
    Kitchen Design - Corridor Style, Services on One Side. © Lee Wallender - Licensed to

    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.

    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 stove and dishwasher positions, it is best to keep sink and dishwasher together because the dishwater needs access to water supply and drainage.

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  • 03 of 04

    Corridor Kitchen Layout With Cabinets/Counter On Side

    Kitchen Design - Corridor Style, Services on Both Sides
    Kitchen Design - Corridor Style, Services on Both Sides. © Lee Wallender - Licensed to

    This kitchen design works with either the double wall kitchen space mentioned earlier or with the peninsula kitchen space (wall on one side, peninsula or kitchen island on other 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.

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  • 04 of 04

    Corridor Kitchen With Stove on Other Side

    Kitchen Design - Corridor Style, Services on Both Sides but Shifted
    Kitchen Design - Corridor Style, Services on Both Sides but Shifted. © Lee Wallender - Licensed to

    This design for corridor-style kitchens is desirable because one of the key services--the stove--is set out by itself. There is lots of countertop room on either side for chopping, cutting, stirring, and everything else you need to do in support of cooking. Also, we preserve 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.