A Guide to Creating the Perfect Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home, it’s not just a place to cook and eat, it’s somewhere that friends and family gather and spend quality time together – which means it has to look and feel like a place that people want to spend time.
There are plenty of options to choose from when you’re creating your kitchen and sometimes it can all get a bit overwhelming, but this guide is here to help you from start to finish, from taking the first step and creating a budget to adding the finishing touches once everything is done. With this guide, you’ll have the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.
Size & Shape of Kitchen
The size and shape of your space will often dictate what kind of kitchen layout you have. If you’ve got a long, thin space then a single or double galley would be best for you, however, if you plan to knock down walls or you have a large space already then there are a number of options. All are based around working triangles, a kitchen convention that creates a flow between three key elements of any kitchen: the sink, the cooker and refrigeration, for example. Below are the five key schemes and our top tips for making them work.
Minimise the use of wall units as they can make the room feel even narrower. Keep the units themselves as sleek as possible. In particular, narrow designs with handleless cupboards are not only on-trend but a great solution too. Make the room as light and bright as you can by using under cupboard spots and pale walls and floor. If you have a double galley make sure there’s more than a meter between the two sides so that doors and drawers can be opened without restriction. Add great built-in storage so you can keep your worktops clutter free.
U-Shaped or G-shaped
Make the most of corners with carousels or pull-out drawer units otherwise you’ll have two big sections of your design not being put to good use. If your U-shape is wide enough think about adding a breakfast bar or an informal dining area at the open end. Try not to use wall units around the whole of the U, leave the end open or put open shelves along one of the walls.
If the space is small and not much more than a galley then, again, think carefully about adding too many wall cupboards. Ensure you have enough space between each core element of your kitchen – hob, fridge & sink to work comfortably.
If you’re lucky enough to have a kitchen big enough for an island then your working triangle options are slightly different. Try to make sure that your key elements are all on one side of the island or you’ll be forever circumnavigating it to get to things. A good option is to place either the hob or the sink in part of your triangle and the other two elements in cabinets to either side.
An open plan layout is really, as flexible as you are. You can contain your kitchen space to a U or G-shape to define it from the eating/living area or you can create an L-shape with your dining in the centre. Choose your appliances carefully as you don’t want to end up with unpleasant cooking smells or noise from extractors and washing machines permeating your relaxation area.
You can never have too many plug points, too much storage or too much clear working area.