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Using your pencil and ruler, make a rough drawing of your kitchen’s shape, including any windows, doors and permanent fixtures (like pillars, balustrades etc.)
Take your tape measure and make a note of your kitchen’s dimensions. Start with your walls (A), windows (B) and doors, working carefully round the room so you don’t miss anything important. If your kitchen isn’t a classic square shape, measure the shorter walls too (D, E & F).
As well as taking measurements, mark any old or new light switches and power points on your drawing, along with service points – like plumbing, gas or electricity and existing utilities, from boilers to sinks.
Have you got a sloping roof in your kitchen? Getting an accurate height measurement is really important for cookers and cabinets – so take a note of the ceiling’s shortest (A) and tallest (D) points for accuracy. If you’ve missed any of the distances between your windows and walls (B) or floors (C), now’s your chance to grab those too.
Tips for a perfect plan
People: How many people will be using it, day in and day out
Purpose: What will its main use be; dining, entertaining etc
Passion: What do you love about your current kitchen, and what would you prefer to change?
For a kitchen you’ll love forever, tailor it around the three P’s – people, purpose and passion.
Additionally, it’s worth taking a second to think about where your utilities and accessories will go within your kitchen space beforehand.
Space: You’ll want to leave enough room between islands and worktops to move around easily
Support: From sinks to cookers, it’s best to make sure you’ve got study worksurfaces under or around your appliances
Safety: Placing and installing your appliances can be a difficult job, so we recommend always an engineer, plumber or electrician to do the work for you