How to Design Your Own Kitchen

Designing your own kitchen ensures that the lay out and look of the kitchen suits you and your budget not that of the showroom salesman/designer. Simple tips to help you avoid the pit falls when are ready for that new dream kitchen.


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    Consider your limitations. When you are ready for a new kitchen or your first kitchen, it is important that you look at what you want to use the kitchen space for as part of your overall living space.
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    Ask yourself what you want to do in the kitchen. Do you need a seating area? Will the kitchen double as an office? Does it need to be kid friendly? Will you entertain guests in the kitchen? Do you do a lot of cooking/baking? How much time will you be spending in the kitchen? All these things and more will need to be considered when planning the layout of the kitchen.
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    Lay out your ideas in a virtual room planner. Ikea, Armstrong, Merillat, Kraftmaid, and many other companies have online programs in which you can play around with different kitchen styles.
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    Build the kitchen or have someone do it for you. Several companies renovate or build kitchens for a low price. Consider doing this yourself if your tight on money.


  • Mark where the light switches are to avoid covering these if you are not prepared or able to alter the electrics.
  • Check out where the gas supply is. If you plan to fit gas appliances and have a solid floor this could be difficult to move.
  • Draw a plan of the kitchen area and make sure you mark where the doors and windows are and how high they are.
  • Mark where the stop tap and any consumer meters are (this avoids putting an appliance or unit with an appliance in front of where you will what to access these.
  • Are they well established and reliable?
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  • Also mark any thing else that you believe is important and may affect you design layout.
  • When you have all this make sure you re check all the measurements again, it will save you a lot of time and money later.
  • Now is the time to check out your local Kitchen suppliers and ask the questions.
  • Do they supply true made to measure kitchen furniture, for example Carcase designed and made to order and supplied as rigid units? (Some suppliers will claim to supply bespoke furniture and will then pre-assembled flat pack units).
  • Are the fittings on the carcase units good quality or cheaper versions which you can find in the larger shed type retailer.?
  • Will they visit your home and survey your kitchen area before designing the kitchen.?
  • Do they Have kitchens on display that you can see and check out the quality.?
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  • Are they prepared to carry out additional work such as minor building alterations, plastering,tiling, alterations to the electrics and gas fittings and are they qualified to do so.


  • Do not attempt to alter any electrical wiring or gas connections unless you are qualified to do so. These are jobs for professionals and in some cases you could break local planning regulations.
  • Beware of companies advertising massive discounts if you sign up immediately as often the the published price is artificially inflated for a short period to satisfy consumer trading standards.
  • Before you alter the sink waste make sure that the waste water is connected to the correct waste system. I have seen where the sink waste has been connected to the toilet waste system by a DIY operator

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