Kitchen Fitting

Kitchen Planner and Design Ideas

Wondering how to plan and design a new kitchen? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Our kitchen planner and design ideas guide includes six simple steps to help you design your dream space.

From planning your new layout to choosing your cabinetry, we’ve put together some new kitchen ideas for all budgets, to help inspire you.


1. Planning your new kitchen

Before diving into the fun bits, such as choosing the units and worktop, you need to think about the logistics of your new kitchen, and how you’re going to be using the space.

The kind of questions you want to ask yourself should include:

  • What is it about your current kitchen that you don’t like?
  • What has made you want to change your kitchen?
  • What does work in your current kitchen and what do you wish to keep?
  • What’s the most important element of your new kitchen? Do you want lots of space to cook? Ample space to socialise? How much storage space will you need?
  • What’s your budget? What kind of timeline are you working with? When do you want your kitchen to be completed by?

If you are planning on adding new appliances, what facilities have you got to use in the interim?

Once you’ve established your main goals and reasons for your kitchen remodelling, you can start to think about some design ideas.


2. Choosing your new kitchen layout

Now it’s time to plan the layout of your kitchen.

When it comes to styles to consider, you’ve got various options:

  • U-shape kitchen: practical with plenty of workspace, ideal for larger kitchens

a diagram of a U shape kitchen

  • L-shape kitchen: allows you to move freely with plenty of unit and worktop space – ideal for open plan spaces

a diagram of an l shape kitchen

  • Galley: loved by chefs; with two parallel counters, everything is easy to reach

a diagram of a galley kitchen

  • Straight line: simple and inexpensive, this layout is ideal for narrow spaces

a diagram of a straight line kitchen

  • L-shape island: the perfect space for socialising and family living, suited to larger kitchen spaces.

a diagram of an l shape island kitchen


3. Measuring up your kitchen space

To accurately plan your kitchen, you’ll need to know the exact measurements of your space.

Always keep these to hand and make a note of any unique features that may influence the design and layout.

  • Measure the height of the room, and the length and width of the walls
  • Measure doorways, ensuring to include the outside of the architrave
  • Don’t forget the height from the floor to the windows
  • Make a note of any existing service points such as plumbing and electricity points (plus any new ones you may be adding)
  • Note any features that are unique to your space (such as chimney breasts or permanent fixtures).


4. Kitchen design ideas

Key elements to take note of are things such as kitchen units, as well as appliances, worktops, sinks, taps, splashbacks, and whether you want floor and wall tiles.

Creating your dream kitchen gives you the opportunity to make it your own, but having a little inspiration always helps! Browse our selection of kitchen brands, kitchen styles, kitchen colours, and kitchen ranges. We’ve even got a kitchen visualiser tool, so you can bring your ideas to life, or you can download our brochure – packed with everything you’ll need to get your project started.

Some kitchen trends we’ve been loving lately include:

  • Handle-less features
  • Open shelving to display artwork
  • Brave colour contrasts such as green cabinetry with pink tiles
  • Statement lighting
  • Fitting your kitchen with a small home office space
  • Black finishes such as taps and sinks.

5. The finishing touches

Finally, after all the budgeting, designing and layout ideas have been finalised, it’s time to think about the functional elements your kitchen will need to bring it to life.

Never underestimate how much storage you’ll need. In kitchens, organisation is the key to success, so adding de-cluttering accessories such as cutlery trays, bottle racks and storage for hanging utensils up is a great way to keep everything in check.

Often overlooked, don’t forget about waste disposal options and of course cooking and dining supplies. From dinnerware and drinkware to cookware and kitchen electricals, these are the pieces you can use to add a personal touch and extra flair to your new kitchen design.

6. Time to make your dreams a reality!

Now you’re fully armed with inspiration and ideas, it’s time to enlist some help from the experts.

Book a virtual design consultation with Homebase, and receive expert advice from the comfort of your own home. Or, you can opt for an in-store showroom design consultation where you can browse our kitchens with safe social distancing measures in place.

Top tip: We understand that a new kitchen is a big step in creating the home of your dreams.  To help manage the cost of your purchase, take a look at the finance options we have available with Barclays Partner Finance.

Visit our Kitchens page to start your journey.


The alternative to a full kitchen remodelling project

We know that sometimes new kitchen planning ideas don’t always involve a complete transformation. If you want to make over your kitchen without splashing out on new cabinets, check out our Maison Déco paint range and our ‘How to Transform Your Kitchen with Paint’ guide. Updating your kitchen lighting is also a great way to elevate the space, and new tiling can help to make your kitchen feel brand new.

Or, if you want to tackle some of your own DIY, we’ve got plenty of how-to guides – including how to install cabinet doors, how to install drawers and how to replace a worktop.

And that’s it! That’s our kitchen planner and design ideas guide to help you plan your new kitchen. From the initial kitchen design to having your ideal kitchen turned into a reality, Homebase is here every step of the way. Don’t forget to share your new kitchen designs with us @Homebase_UK on Instagram.



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