Humanities › Visual Arts The Galley or Corridor Kitchen Layout Share Flipboard Email Print Andreas von Einsiedel / Getty Images Visual Arts Architecture Tips For Homeowners An Introduction to Architecture Styles Theory History Great Buildings Famous Architects Famous Houses Skyscrapers Art & Artists By Chris Adams Engineering Expert B.I.D, Industrial and Product Design, Auburn University Chris Adams is a human factors engineer who writes about ergonomics and has 11 years of experience in the field. our editorial process Chris Adams Updated March 06, 2019 The galley or corridor kitchen layout is one of the standard kitchen layouts that decades of ergonomic research developed. This layout is the most efficient layout for a thin kitchen space. A galley kitchen consists of work space on two opposing walls. There is a single traffic lane between them. There is an opening on one or both ends. A galley kitchen can be as long as you want. You will just need to divide the kitchen into different work sites. The best width for a galley kitchen is 7 to 12 feet. Kitchens over 10 feet wide can utilize the U-shaped kitchen layout. Galley Kitchen Benefits Great for rectangular spaceEfficient for a small kitchen spaceCan adjust to any lengthCan easily divide the kitchen into multiple work sites Galley Kitchen Drawbacks Through traffic can cause congestionNot efficient for large kitchensNot good for multiple cooksDoes not work well for open floor plans Placing the Work Triangle The basic kitchen work triangle can be placed anywhere along the length of the galley kitchen provided you keep the elements grouped together. An equilateral triangle works best with two elements on one wall and the third centered between them on the opposite wall.