Plan your kitchen
Choosing a new layout
The right layout will make the most of your space and ensure your kitchen meets your needs. To achieve your perfect layout, measure up first and take some time to work through all the possible options to be clear about what will work.
In doing so, ask yourself these questions:
- What does and doesn t work about your current kitchen?
- Will you be using your existing footprint, or will you be extending?
- Are there any structural implications to extending?
- Are there any fixed features you can t change?
- How do you use your kitchen, both daily and for entertaining?
- How high is your ceiling? Can you use vertical space?
- How much bench space do you need?
- Do you need more storage?
- Could you replace cupboards with drawers for more accessible space?
- Is there room for all the appliances that you want?
- Do you eat at the table, or would a breakfast bar work better?
- Will you need additional task or feature lighting?
Have you considered the working triangle?
This is the golden rule of kitchen design. It s used to ensure your space works efficiently by checking the flow between the three main appliances in your kitchen: the cooktop, sink and refrigerator. See the diagrams below for popular interpretations of this.
If you’ve got the space, a u-shape kitchen will do the trick. It’s the largest of the kitchen styles and provides you with the most bench and storage space.
A galley is often the best choice for smaller spaces or apartments. It is highly functional, streamlined and make fantastic use of vertical space.
For a social and interactive kitchen, an Island layout is the popular choice. It works well in open plan areas as it creates a natural division between spaces.
An L-shape kitchen is the ideal layout to incorporate your kitchen and dining spaces in an open plan space. It’s an informal, European inspired design with a focus on communal use of space.
Putting plans on paper
Use the grid paper at the back of this brochure to record your existing kitchen measurements and start planning your layout, or make use of our online kitchen planner. You can plug in your measurements, and redesign the space as often as you like, saving your favourite designs as you go.
If you’re wanting to move electrical and plumbing points, consult a plumber and electrician early on.
When you’re thinking big, it’s easy to overlook the details. Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your new kitchen.
- Be clear on your look and feel before you start choosing specific products and materials. It’s easy to get lost in the design process, so keep your reference pictures handy and refer to them as you go.
- Map out exactly where things will go e.g. cutlery, plastic containers and electric mixers so you know you have a place for everything.
- Make space for things in the area where you will need to use them. For example, make sure your pots will fit in storage close to the cook top.
- You can never have too much bench space. Make sure you have enough either side of your sink and stove top for food preparation and cooking.
- Think about what is non-negotiable when it comes to the look and feel of your kitchen. Functionality will often win out, so hold on to those elements that will make your new space your dream kitchen.
- Grab some masking tape and mark out your ideas in your existing kitchen. Outline your favourite options on the floor and take your new kitchen for a test drive.
When installing wall cabinets, make sure there is a 600mm clearance to allow space for appliances and any tiling you want to install.
If you’re planning to have cabinets opposite each other in your kitchen, be sure to check that the width between them allows for the doors to open fully at the same time. We’d recommend around 1200mm if space permits.
Cabinets should never be flush to the wall as the door or drawer won’t have enough room to open fully. Leave a 50mm clearance between the wall and cabinet to prevent this problem.
It’s best to keep kitchen drawers away from corners, as when placed here they obstruct and bang into the adjacent cabinet.
Plan your dream kitchen
The secret to a great kitchen lies in the planning – with our online planning tool you’ll be able to turn your ideas into a stylish practical kitchen.