Obviously, there is no single answer to this question, as everybody has different needs for their kitchen and given the house we live in, certain constraints with the amount of room we have to work with, to fit it all in. There are however, certain fundamental steps to take in getting something good looking and functional at the end of the day. Possibly the first question to ask yourself, is why are you getting a new kitchen in the first place? Maybe the old one is just that, old, and falling apart, but more likely, you are unhappy with certain aspects of the current kitchen’s functionality.

Space and Layout

Before you can order anything, you need to know exactly how much space you have to work with, once everything is stripped away. Think about what worked and didn’t in the old kitchen and think about repositioning them accordingly. Work out how much space your essential utilities will take, like the fridge, stove and sink, which are the largest items and will affect counter and cabinet dimensions. The basic layout can then be designed, trying to get a good ratio of space between these. It is suggested that the fridge may well be placed near the entrance to the kitchen, so others wanting something from it, do not get in the way of someone cooking, though a different option may work better. Go look at some award winning designs like Nobilia Kitchens in Dorset to see working examples.

Finalising the Details

Once you know the shape and layout, you can decide what style will suit your lifestyle, especially the surfaces, which may require regular swift cleaning if you have children. It is important to think long and hard at this stage about how this kitchen is going to operate for some years to come. Two important factors to consider is to think about where the trash is going to exit the kitchen, especially if it is dripping, and think safety above all. In the event of a fire, there should not be a corridor out of the kitchen, which forces someone to have to come past the stove, which is the most likely source of a fire breaking out.

Choosing your Cabinetry and Drawers

Think about every kitchen utensil you have, or are planning on getting, and work out what size space each of it needs. Some things like baking trays, cutting boards may be better off stacked vertically, with according space and shape provision made. Once you assess the total space needed, you can allocate where your cupboards and drawers will be best situated, to maximise efficiency. Remember to think what impact, an open drawer or cupboard could possibly cause, as the kitchen is not where you want to trip over, whilst carrying something hot.

Choose your materials wisely, for your cabinetry and your work surfaces. Pretty much every surface will lose its sheen and show signs of wear in time, despite some manufacturers’ claims, so thinking about the long term is important. Naturally, this is where budget becomes important. Once you know all of your basics, discuss your needs with your local kitchen professionals, and they can help you design all factors in, to help it come together. Get the latest trends in Kitchen lighting from Lamp Expo ….