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Designing your Kitchen

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Designing a new kitchen is no simple task; not only do you want it to look good, but it has to be functional too.  You may not feel you have the confidence to draft your own design and many high street kitchen retailers offer a free design service.  But beware of ‘off-the-shelf’ and ‘one-size-fits-all’ designs from unqualified designers!  There’s no doubt there’s a lot to think about and a good designer can really help you to utilise the space effectively.  But we think it’s worth approaching a new kitchen design project with some clear ideas.  You also need to be prepared to compromise, so we recommend you do your homework first.

To help you get started, here are our 5 steps to designing your new dream kitchen:

  1. Decide on a style – give some thought to the overall look you’d like to achieve.  This is the fun bit.  Look at lots of images in books, magazines and the internet and get a feel for the kitchen style that suits you.
  2. Plan the layout – create a sketch of the kitchen plan.  This is the tricky bit.  Measure your space accurately and your plan out to scale, you can do this on graph paper or use one of the free online software applications (try www.Floorplanner.com).
  3. Choose a kitchen range – once you’ve got your style and plan sorted, it’s time to start shopping!  You’ll need to think carefully about your budget at this stage too.
  4. Maximize storage – to ensure your kitchen is functional as well as stunning, make sure you give lots of thought to storage.  It’s worth thinking about all the things you have that need to be stored in the kitchen and deciding exactly where you will put them all.
  5. Add unique detailing – finally, the finishing touches.  Make your kitchen uniquely yours by including accessories to suit your style.  If you can, splash out with bespoke details in splash-backs, taps, lighting and handles.

Here at Fitakitchen we have nearly 15 years experience of designing kitchens and because we also have experience of installing kitchens too, we are well placed to advise on kitchen design.  If you have a kitchen plan you would like us to look at for you or would like help in drawing up a shopping list, please contact us on enquiries@fitakitchen.com.

For further information on designing your own kitchen, read our Buyer’s Guide – Designing your Kitchen.