Makeover Monday: How to Choose Appliances for a Small Galley Kitchen

Steve Sheinkopf  |  July 07, 2014  |  3 Min. Read

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It's Makeover Monday: Every Monday we look at a professionally remodeled kitchen and/or bathroom and talk about what is good and sometimes not so good about that particular renovation. This article is designed to help you with your let's get to it.

Over the last few Makeover Mondays we have discussed different appliances designed for larger spaces like microwave drawers, point of use refrigerators and sinks. Today is just the opposite. How do you renovate a smaller kitchen without compromising?

We will look at two kitchens recently rehabbed in Boston.

Cooking vs. Refrigeration

If you are dealing with a smaller space, in my opinion a smaller refrigerator is a better option than a smaller stove for two reasons. First, you probably have fewer people to feed and better access to food, so you do not have to store as much.

Secondly, the options for stoves in smaller sizes like 20 and 24 inches are not as good as a full size 30 inch range. You are probably not cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the family as well.

You can also decrease the size of your dishwasher from 24 to 18 inches width. We wrote an article about the best 18" dishwashers. I like this option, because you are probably not washing tons of dishes and the product is surprisingly good as well.

Fisher & Paykel Kitchen


This kitchen has a full size Jenn-Air slide-in range with a smaller Fisher & Paykel refrigerator designed for a 33 inch cabinet. This illustrates the cooking versus refrigerator ratio outlined above.

Thermador/KitchenAid Kitchen



First, the contractor uses a Thermador wall oven and cooktop instead of a stove. Although more expensive, this allows for the toekick and granite to be run continuously without seams.

He also used a small, full size KitchenAid 30 inch French door refrigerator. He built the cabinets forward so it emulates a counter depth refrigerator. Normal refrigerators are larger and cheaper than counter depth. However, counter depths look way better, because you do not see the sides. This is a good solution for looks, capacity and price.

Key Takeaway

Consider cooking first, then refrigeration and then your dishwasher. It’s the smartest way to design a small space.

Kitchens built by Proforma Kitchens of Boston, MA

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.

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