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Kitchen Design & Planning Guide 

While Planning your Kitchen Design or Layout is a task not to be taken lightly, it's also not a task that has to be done by a professional. Follow some simple rules and it's possible to plan your own kitchen and have your installation go completely smoothly. On the flip side of course, should you ignore rules or cut corners when measuring, you can create your very own kitchen nightmare. To help you decide which Planning route is the best for you to take we've listed several Free Kitchen Design options below. Please note that beyond the information listed here, we do not offer advice on the planning and design of your kitchen.

Kitchen Design Software (20 hour Free Licence)

For the technically minded amongst you, we're pleased to let you know about a Kitchen Design software application that a novice kitchen planner can use, although it does take some technical know-how. It allows you to easily layout your floor plan and design a kitchen, and to top it off the free download also comes with a 20 hour free licence. You can download the free kitchen design software here. We recommend that you measure your kitchen accurately and do a basic plan on paper before starting with the software, it's amazing how quickly 20 hours can tick by so some preparation in advance is a good idea. We cannot offer any technical support for this software.

Kitchen Design Guide - Design it Yourself

Designing and planning your own kitchen really isn't as difficult as you might think. We've included some simple rules here to assist you:

1. Take measurements in millimetres. Measure once, do it a second time, then a third. If any one of those measurements comes up different, start again! This may seem like overkill, but when you come to fit your kitchen and you find that the row of units you've ordered fits perfectly, you'll be glad of accurate measurements. Be sure to take careful note of window and ceiling heights, particularly sloping ceilings, and take into account existing gas/water/waste pipes, radiators and electrical sockets/supplies.

2. Think about positioning of sink and appliances. The ‘work triangle' of kitchen planning is the area defined by your sink, hob/oven and refrigerator. Keep this triangle of design compact and you'll limit travel time between these key appliances. Place a sink under a window, but never a cooker. Place your dishwasher next to your sink for ease of plumbing. Extractor fans are available as Recyclable or Extracting, if you choose Extracting make sure you position the fan against an external wall.

3. Look at magazines for tips,
search the internet
for kitchen design ideas and help, there’s a mass of information out there dedicated to showing you how to plan your own kitchen.

Download graph paper for kitchen design here; Adobe Acrobat is needed to read the PDF file.

We've listed our standard unit sizes below:

Base Unit widths: 150, 300, 400, 450, 500, 600, 800, 900, 1000, 1200mm
Corner Bases: 900x900mm – Diagonal and L-Shape Corner Bases
Blanked Corner Base widths: 800mm (400mm door), 900mm (450mm door), 1000mm (500 or 600mm door)
Wall Unit widths: 300, 400, 450, 500, 600, 800, 900, 1000, 1200mm
Tall Unit widths: 300, 400, 500, 600mm

Special Sizes: Special Depths are available for our units - Contact us for details.

For Kitchen Unit specifications  and our Complete Planning Guide, click here

Builder/Fitter Designed

As we are a Supply Only service, some of you will require a builder or kitchen fitter to fit your kitchen. If you already have someone in mind to do this work for you, inquire as to their kitchen design skills, many tradesmen are only too happy to assist with kitchen planning or even design the room completely for you!

And Finally...

Kitchen Design can be a daunting but rewarding task, hopefully one of the options here will assist you. Whichever method you use, once you have your kitchen design done and have a list of the units and accessories you require, it's a simple matter to return here and place your order. Alternatively, send us your list of units and we'll raise the quote or order for you.

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