A corridor kitchen, also known as a galley kitchen, is a small kitchen space that is longer than it is wide. Although corridor kitchens are economical on space, they can be inefficient if not properly planned. Many apartments or converted houses feature a corridor kitchen. Although most home chefs would prefer more space than a corridor kitchen provides, it is important to note that most restaurants utilize the galley kitchen concept because it can be a highly efficient way to work if a productivity triangle is incorporated into the design. To prevent disruptive foot-traffic, clutter, and fire hazards, these narrow kitchens must optimize the movements of those in the space.

Corridor kitchens are best suited to open shelving or doorless cabinetry. Closed cabinetry can visually shrink the space and add to the feeling of confinement. It is also popular to include an access window in the design to simplify the transfer of food to the dining area. Although corridor kitchens can feel cramped, they can still be great places to cook if some planning is put into the design.

If you are planning to remodel your kitchen and are considering a galley kitchen, check out our guide on tips and inspiration for designing a galley kitchen layout.