Step 1 - Measure and draw up the space
All your planning - and therefore the success of your new kitchen is based on your measurements. Here’s how to get them right.
- Measure from the floor to the ceiling (see image A)
- Then also measure the distance from wall to wall (see image A)
- Measure from the corner to the door(s) frames (see image A)
- Now measure each window and door from the frame, plus their distance from the floor, the ceiling, and the corner of the room (see image B)
- Make a note of everything that sticks out into the room, such as switches and pipes.
- Finally, note what can and can’t be moved, and what you’d like to stay
Have you made a note of where these are?
- Plug points
- Power outlets
- Water and gas supplies
Step 2 - Plan what goes where
Now the dream can start becoming reality. There’s lots to think about, including what you’d like to keep and what you want to replace. Here are our practical tips. If you feel you need some advice at any point, our design consultants will be happy to work with you on drawing up a perfect plan. Just ask in-store. It’s free.
Plan your kitchen around the idea of a working triangle of three zones, which we describe below. This is about having what you use the most in easy relationship to each other. Each zone should ideally be equal in distance from each other, and the things you use least can go furthest out of the triangle.
Includes the fridge, freezer and dry storage
Consider the amount of storage you’ll need, including the size of the fridge and freezer. A worktop near the fridge is really handy for unpacking the shopping, and for cooking.
Includes the oven, hob, microwave and where you cook
It’s handy to have the cooking zone close to the sink so you’re not carrying hot things far. Allow worktop space for food preparation and utensils.
Includes the sink and dishwasher
Plan everything that needs plumbing next to each other and/or along the same wall. Keep the fridge close to the sink for washing fruit and veg. Also, keeping the worktop above the dishwasher free of appliances leaves space for stacking and unloading dishes.
Step 3 - Buy online or in-store
When you’re happy with your ready to fit kitchen plan and have chosen what you need it’s time to place your order. You can…