When the kitchen is built along two opposite walls, it is called a two-row, two-line, parallel, or kitchen galley. This layout is optimal with a room width of 2.2 m - that’s what it takes to accommodate two rows of furniture 60 cm deep and the minimum allowable 100-centimeter passage between them. For example, a galley-type kitchen is ideal for:
- Kitchens moved to the hallway, hallway or hall;
- Utilitarian kitchens without dining;
- And just narrow and elongated kitchenswhich are often found in the houses of the old stock, model houses, stalinka and communal.
In this material, we presented 70 photos of interiors, as well as 14 tips on planning a super-convenient and functional two-row kitchen.
14 two-row kitchen planning tips
1. Ideally, the stove, sink and main work surface should be arranged in one row, and the refrigerator - in another
The main drawback of a two-row kitchen is its risk of injury. Especially if the kitchen is continuous, very narrow and / or children live in the house. However, when placing the stove, sink and main working surface in the same row, the chances of burning a “passer-by” household with a hot frying pan or dropping the dish when moving to another row are minimized. In addition, it is convenient and good from the point of view of the “working triangle” - we read about it in the next paragraph.
2. The pledge of the convenience of the kitchen - compliance with the rules of the "working triangle"
According to this rule, three operating points (refrigerator, sink and stove) must form a triangle and be located next to each other. So the cook will not have to make unnecessary movements in the kitchen, everything you need will be on hand and within walking distance.
- In a two-row kitchen, the ideal work triangle looks like this: a stove and a sink, and accordingly a dishwasher / washing machine are located in the same row. A refrigerator, cabinets and secondary equipment (microwave oven, oven) - in the opposite. In this case, the refrigerator is best placed opposite the sink and work surface.
3. The ideal width of the passage - 120-150 cm
Such a passage is wide enough so that one person could cook, open drawers and cabinets, load dishes into the dishwasher, and the rest of the household move through the kitchen without interfering with the chef.
Of course, to maintain such a distance is not always obtained, sometimes it has to be done less or more.
- The minimum permissible width of the aisle for a non-passable two-row kitchen is 100 cm, in some cases even a 90-centimeter passage is allowed. Remember that the smaller the distance between the furniture, the less comfortable and safe the kitchen becomes;
- A passage more than 180 cm wide will also make the kitchen uncomfortable.
4. To save space, one of the rows can be made shorter and / or narrower.
When in a small kitchen every centimeter is on the account, it is possible to cut out more space for the dining area or to expand the narrow aisle at the expense of one shortened and / or narrowed row.
- Narrow appliances will help shorten the kitchen row: a dishwasher 40-55 cm wide instead of the standard 60 cm, a narrow but high fridge 55 cm wide, and a hob with two or three hot plates.
- To narrow the row, you have to sacrifice the depth of technology. For example, a refrigerator can be selected with a depth of 45-55 cm, and a cooker with two or three burners lined up. Washing may also be small - width / diameter 45-55 cm.
5. Most often the dining table is taken out to one of the walls.
A dining table in a parallel kitchen is often brought to the wall with a shortened row. Here are some photo examples of this layout.
If the kitchen is very narrow, it makes sense to replace the table with a narrow bar counter.
AT square kitchen with a wide aisle from 2.2 m, the dining area can be placed in the middle of the room between the kitchen rows. In this case, it is important to carefully plan the layout. It is possible to choose compact table and chairs of suitable sizes, cabinets behind the chairs should be equipped with sliding doors and set aside for storage of rarely used things.
6. Pull the kitchen up to the ceiling
So you create additional storage locations and you can hide the duct in the upper tier.
7. It is better to equip the lower tier with drawers rather than hinged cabinets.
The boxes are much more convenient, because they do not have far corners, which are difficult to reach, which means that you will not have to stand in the aisle for a long time in search of the right things.
8. Place a bet on white or choose the color of the fronts of the headset to match the walls.
One of the drawbacks of a parallel kitchen is the feeling of being cramped and cluttered. To facilitate the space will help the white color of the facades and walls, glass inserts or gloss.
If the white color is not to your taste, use the following method - choose the facades to match the walls or, on the contrary, paint the walls in tone of the facades. So bulky furniture seems to dissolve in space, and the kitchen will seem less cramped.
9. Create uniform and multi-level lighting.
There is nothing worse for a narrow two-row kitchen than lighting its ceiling with one central chandelier - so the space will visually become even narrower. To expand the cramped kitchen with a parallel layout, install several fixtures at once:
- In the dining area (preferably directly above the table at a height of 70 cm from the table top);
- And in the work area, for example, a couple of ceiling chandeliers or suspensions between the rows of kitchen furniture, or several spotlights along each row. And, of course, do not forget furniture lighting.
- Do you want to achieve maximum comfort? Make multi-level lighting using wall sconces, table lamps or floor lamps.
10. Replace the swinging door with a retractable door or leave the opening completely open.
Swing door requires a lot of space, and visually clutters up the space, so it is better to replace it with a sliding model or a folding "accordion". Either completely leave the opening open (if the kitchen does not have a gas stove / column). Finally, you can simply rearrange the hinges so that the canvas opens towards the corridor, not the kitchen.
In this photo slider you can see the kitchen interior with the house of the П-44Т series with a sliding door.
11. Simplify space by hanging shelves on one of the walls.
If there are no problems with the number of storage places, equip one or two rows of kitchens not with wall cabinets, but with open shelves. They look much lighter, although they require frequent dusting.
12. Beautifully decorate the third wall
If the kitchen is not passable, then the third wall, regardless of whether it is deaf or not, needs to be accentuated, because it is the view that will rest on it when entering the room. If this wall has a dining area, pay attention to the choice of curtains. If the wall is deaf, then here you can hang a clock and / or wall decor.
Also here you can put a serving trolley, mini ladder or trash can.
13. An impassable two-row kitchen can be transformed into a U-shaped
If the size of the kitchen allows, a non-passable two-row kitchen can be converted into U-shaped. A bridge between parallel kitchen rows can be window sill-tabletop, window sill-bar counter or just additional pedestals near the third free wall.
See also: How to equip the U-shaped kitchen
14. Lay a horizontal strip rug in the aisle.
Firstly, it will protect the floor from rubbing in the place of increased traffic, and secondly, due to horizontal stripes it will visually spread the walls.
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