As well as choosing cabinets you’ll love every time you look at them, there are practical considerations to bear in mind:
Having an ergonomic kitchen is by far the most important consideration of all – it’s important for your physical and mental health. Remembering the Working Triangle in the kitchen is important: aim to place your hob/cooker, fridge and sink in a triangle formation. This spaces them out well and comfortably, and so you can easily move between these three main working sections.
You need more storage than you think. As much as we like to imagine ourselves living life more simply, the kitchen is somewhere you
Functionality is also key. The kitchen is one of the most important spaces in the house, and an area where functionality has to work well – make sure you’re imagining yourself moving about in the space, as you plan the kitchen.
Lighting needs careful thought for
Read more in our beginners guide to lighting.
Think through the specific appliances you’d like. For the most part, generic housings will fit the majority of appliances, but it’s important to consider size and type in the planning stage.
Do not overlook splashbacks. A glass or acrylic splash will make future cleaning quick and easy. Tiles add another layer of texture, an opportunity to express the personality of the kitchen owner and can completely change the look of the space. Choosing just upstands is also a great option if you want to add a little bit of wall protection without covering the walls completely.
Electrical outlets, their spacing
Beware of dust and oil traps. Having wall to wall open-shelving or wall cabinets that finish a good distance from the ceiling can look incredible, but can also be a dirt trap, so it’s important to consider how you’ll use the kitchen and how often you or someone else will realistically clean it thoroughly.
The finer details
Avoid skimping on the small stuff, such as handles, hinges, and drawer runners. They may seem unimportant, but their quality has a huge effect on the look, feel and longevity of the kitchen.
This is often overlooked but extremely important. Although they can be space-consuming if the kitchen is small, including general and recycling bins in the kitchen is vital, whether it means having a space for a bin or allocating a cupboard to go in.
While we often only think of kitchens for their food-related purposes, there are so many more important elements to consider. Please get in touch if it’s an area of your home that you need some help with, and in the meantime, happy planning!