Kitchen Planning

Kitchen planning, if you are looking to get a new kitchen and you don’t want to pay through the nose then why don’t you design, plan and order it all yourself? If this sounds like something that you would be interested in then the following guide will give you some tips and advice on how to go about doing this.

Kitchen planning


The first thing that you need to think about is what style of kitchen are you going to go for? Are you going to go for a ultra modern high gloss handleless kitchen or a more traditional shaker kitchen? I guess it all boils down to the style of your home but it’s always fun to have a play around and see what the style and colour will look like.

This link will take you off of this site to a kitchen style visualiser which really can help get an idea on what you are looking for.

Kitchen Planning – Basics

Once you have decided on the look and feel of the kitchen, the next step is to start planning the types of units you want and where you want them. To do this you can use an online kitchen planner like Ikea’s one here.

Stage 1 – Measure your room so that you know the space that needs to be fille

Stage 2 – Do you need any fancy wireworks in your kitchen like magic corner units or small pull outs for your backing trays? It’s best to start thinking about those now.

Stage 3 – The most important appliance in the kitchen, your fridge freezer. Where will this be located? Does he need to be plumbed in? Will it be integrated out of sight? Remember integrated fridge freezers have a smaller volume on the inside for storing items so probably not a good idea if you have lots of kids! These are all very important decisions to make.

Stage 4 – Where are your oven and microwave going to be positioned? Freestanding? Build under or placed in a tall tower unit? Get these things right and you can free up some work surface space and make these appliances even more accessible.

Stage 5 – Do you have a utility room or are things like washing machines, tumble dryers and dish washers going to be in located in the kitchen? Many of these appliances do have integrated versions available so they will blend into your kitchen when you attach a kitchen door to the front of them. Remember, integrated appliances like these don’t need a kitchen unit, just a space to slot into. If you have OCD and everything has to look ultra smart and clean then integrated would be the best option for you!

Kitchen Planning – Key points

Start from a corner – When planning your kitchen, it’s always best to start from a corner, as these areas are the most complex parts of the kitchen. If you are buying a standard corner base unit then you are going to need to leave enough space for a corner post/service void.

So, if you have a 1000mm wide corner unit, you need to account for 1130mm on your kitchen plan. This allows you to line up the adjacent units with a corner post that measures 70mm x 70mm. This is the ideal sizes to limit the amount of clashing from door handles.

The service void that is left is usually used by waste pipes that come out from the sink, so that they have a way to get out to the outside world.

End panels – End panels are needed in kitchen designs and look really good at the end of wall units before they hit the hob extractor, as well as placing them at the end of base unit runs and either side of a freestanding range oven.

If you are planning on using end panels in your kitchen design then remember that they are around 20mm thick, so you will need to add these measurements into your kitchen design. Also, end panel usage can bump up the price of your kitchen.

Keep costs down – If you want to keep your kitchen as cheap as possible then go for matt doors and units (limits the number of end panels needed), use larger units like a 1000mm base rather than 2 500mm base units and have highline units rather than drawerline.