Kitchen design begins with you, making the decision that you need (want) a new kitchen; a pretty big one. But we’ve all heard the horror stories about kitchen planning: “it’s expensive”, “it’s time-consuming”, “it’s stressful”. For lots of us, this can be incredibly off-putting, however it doesn’t have to be! Achieving the perfect kitchen for you and your family can be a simple process and this post is all about making sure everything is as easy as possible.
1. Ask Yourself Questions
The first step is essentially to sit down and have a think about a few things relating to kitchens; how you use them and what you want to achieve from your kitchen design.
Look at what you’ve already got, and think about how it makes you feel:
- What do you really love about your kitchen?
- Which areas are beginning to feel a little tired and/or dated?
- What areas would you like to keep the same (or similar) and what would you like to see improved?
Why is this important? Knowing how you feel about your current kitchen will help you to work out what it is that you want, and how big a project you want to take on. Do you want to do a complete refurbishment? Or does your kitchen just need a bit of a refresh?
Take some time to think about what you use your kitchen for:
- Cooking / Baking
- Homework / Study
- Entertaining / Socialising
- How much time will you realistically spend in the kitchen?
- Do you consider the kitchen to be the heart of your home, or is it more just a place to prepare food?
Why is this important? Getting a solid understanding of how your kitchen is used (or going to be used) and by whom, will help you to gauge what you need from it, which will help you begin to piece everything together.
2. How to Plan a New Kitchen
With the above questions answered, you should now have a rough idea of the type of layout you will need to achieve your dream kitchen! For example:
Cooking Enthusiast. If you are really into cooking and/or baking, you might choose a layout ensuring that all your appliances are located within easy access to each other. This is sometimes referred to as the “Kitchen Work Triangle”; a concept that places your kitchen hob, fridge and sink in a triangle to create an efficient layout.
Social Butterfly. If you love entertaining guests, your layout might work more around ways that you can cook whilst chatting with your friends, perhaps even ensuring that cooking is part of your entertainment by using a hob as a centre piece feature. It could include conveniently placed wine racks, as well as bar stools to guarantee your guests are comfortable.
Family Zone. Families often need areas that suit multiple purposes, and a sturdy dining table and chairs is definitely that. Ideal for evening meals, as well as larger ones such as at Christmas, dining tables are also excellent study areas with plenty of space to spread books and paperwork around, whilst being comfortable for extended periods of time. Open plan kitchens are also great for creating the heart of your home, pulling together various areas so that everyone feels closer.
Hobbies. If your partner or kids have hobbies that are particularly messy, you might choose to have a separate sink for their needs, or perhaps opt for one that is large and resilient to take any knocks from equipment and/or tools.
3. Using a Kitchen Design Tool
A 3D Kitchen Planner is an incredibly helpful tool in the planning process, especially if you’re like me and find it difficult to visualise how a kitchen will look within the space that you have. A few things that you will gain out of the Kitchen Design Tool includes:
Realism. The Tool allows you to adjust the size of shape to match your own kitchen, helping to give you a better idea of how everything will look in a kitchen like yours, rather than a “one size fits all” idea that often isn’t much help to anyone.
Practicality. Ensure that your new kitchen will work around existing doors, windows, boilers, piping etc without causing any problems. This ensures that you purchase cabinets that won’t be too tall for your window height, for example.
Get a Quote. Once you are happy with how your kitchen design looks, take it to your nearest Howarth at Home showroom and our friendly team will provide a no obligation quotation free of charge!
If you’re not sure what you are looking for, or need some ideas perhaps because you have limited space or an awkwardly shaped kitchen, we also offer a design service to help create the perfect kitchen design for you. Book an appointment at your nearest showroom.