Planning your perfect kichen
Kitchen planning need not be as stressful as you think and it is easy to make the space to ensure that everything you need fits in the right place and suits your culinary needs to a tee.
First of all it is important to know exactly how much space there is to work with, before deciding what is going in and where. This could be either in an empty shell of a room if you have just
moved in, or within an existing kitchen area which needs re-designing.
What you need;
- A sharp pencil
- A rubber
- A3/4 size graph paper (depending on the size of your kitchen)
- A ruler
- Measuring tape
Creating your Kitchen Floor Plan
1. Start with the Ceiling to floor measurements
If your wall is not the same height it may be necessary to measure at different points across it.
2. Measure the width of the walls
Likewise, measure the width of the walls at different points if it is not a perfect rectangle.
It is also a good idea to individually name each wall either by number or letter in order to make clear.
Make a note of any architectural features, such as cornices (a decorative bit between the walls and ceiling) are included.
3. Add Doors to each wall
Look around the room and note where the doors are.
Measure the length and width of the door, plus the length between the top of the door and the ceiling. If the wall is unequal at the top, measure at different points across the width of the door to the ceiling.
4. Add Windows to each wall
Similarly add the length and width of any windows, plus their distance from the ceiling, floor and end of the wall (see below).
5. Add any existing Kitchen units you wish to keep (if applicable)
Add any kitchen units you wish to keep, including their length, width and distance from the wall.
6. Add any electrical sockets (s) with their size distances from the floor and end of wall
7. Add any pipe work with their length and distance from the wall
8. Add any other feature in which you would like to keep in your kitchen and add it to the plan, including dimensions and distances from the floor, ceiling and end of the wall
Repeat this process for all the walls in your kitchen.
Creating a floorplan
Next all this comes together in order to create your floor plan. It should be drawn as a “bird’s eye view” of the kitchen with the dimensions as shown below: Include all the features
you used on the wall plans with measurements between each item.
Things to Remember when measuring your kitchen
- Leave a 40cm gap to allow for an open kitchen door.
- Leave 40cm gap to allow for kitchen unit doors to open.
- Leave 40cm gap between kitchen worktop and cupboard doors.
- Leave 60cm for dishwasher doors to open.
Now you have all the measurements in place and a good idea of how much space you have to play with, it is important you acquire the right size of appliance to suit.
Next comes the fun bit, deciding what you want in your kitchen and how they can fit into your space.
Below is a list of common kitchen appliances and their standard sizes.
|Cooker||Fridge/freezer||Dishwasher||Washing machine/dryer||Built in oven|
N.B: This is only a rough guide to the range of measurements for your average appliance and it is worth consulting your dealer regarding their exact specifications. This table provides a good yardstick for working out how much space each appliance requires. Remember to also add an extra 5mm for ventilation purposes, especially on items which are likely to be hot, such as an oven.
Other things to consider when planning your kitchen
- What is your budget?
- How many plug sockets or power points are there in your kitchen? You can never have too many, but remember if you need to install new ones they must be done by a qualified electrician.
- How much storage space do you require?
- Which appliances are you going to use the most?
- Is the working kitchen triangle of cooker, sink and refrigeration efficient enough? How easily can you access one to the other?
- Remember to allow a 40cm gap for the door to open. Try to avoid putting appliances with other doors, such as a dishwasher so they do not crash into each other or leave little space in between.
- If you only have a small kitchen space, do not worry! Choose an integrated layout for cookers, fridges and sinks, which can be acquired and installed, rather than depending on standalone appliances, which can take up too
- If there is an ugly boiler in the way, this can be hidden in a cupboard. Consult your boiler dealer in order to ensure it does not affect its operation or ventilation system. If your boiler needs moving and re-installing
this should always be done by a professional.
- Remember height! This applies to cupboards, microwaves and fridge freezers. If it is too tall then there is no point!
- And ultimately if in doubt call our professional team of kitchen fitters to sort it all out for you at a very reasonable price!