7 design tips for planning your dream kitchen
1. Failing to plan is planning to fail
"Take your time planning. The style of doors can be relatively easily changed, but locations of appliances and worktop space isn't as easy to alter."
"Ikea software is good for tinkering about with unit positions, even if you don't buy an Ikea kitchen."
"If you're not very good at visualising it, use newspaper and masking tape on the ground to mark out your plan, and walk round it pretending to cook to check it will work for you."
"I sat with Post-it notes and lists of 'things' - plastic pots, plates, baking trays, baking ingredients and did a sort of workflow diagram detailing where stuff would be useful, so I could arrange and re-arrange."
2. Don't forget about sockets
"However many sockets you think you might need, double it."
"Put sockets inside cupboards, including one cupboard just for charging phones etc as I got sick of chargers/phones/ipads out on counters."
"Get a pop-up socket with USB for a kitchen island."
3. Never underestimate how much storage you'll need
"Cabinets should be extended to the ceiling to avoid the smelly, sticky dust."
"Drawers are better than cupboards (in particular for under counter storage.)"
"Deep drawers for crockery and saucepans are the best."
4. Lay a foundation for success
"Lay the floor before you put in the cabinets. That way if you need to change them, you can keep the same floor and change the layout without having to start again."
"Wooden floors are a sod to keep clean and you will cry if you drop a pan of tomato soup all over it."
"Tiled floors are much easier to keep clean."
"Underfloor heating is a godsend - nice mellow heat rather than radiator 'hotspot'."
5. Consider a splashback
"A splashback is a necessity."
"Splashbacks are very practical for cleaning and can look stunning."
6. Find a surface that works for you
"Laminated worktops are extremely practical, easy to clean, hygienic, available in numerous colours and textures, easy to replace with a new one, easy to cut to size and shape, inexpensive etc."
"Don't get a wooden worksurface unless you're someone who will sand and oil them really regularly, and not resent doing it."
"Invest in a granite worktop. It costs the same as solid wood - possibly more - and it stays nice forever."
7. Bear in mind bins - not glam, but worth thinking about
"I'm a fan of the bin cupboard. They're removeable, so are easy to keep clean. Also they are small (plastic shopping bag size) so get emptied daily and thus never smell.”
"If you have underfloor heating, don't put the bin directly onto it as it will smell. We're having built-in ones."
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