Your Kitchen Design
Do you need help with planning a kitchen?
Planning a kitchen can be an exciting task – but also a slightly daunting one if you don’t know where to begin. If you’re looking at new kitchens with a view towards installing one in your home, it’s vital you get the layout and fittings absolutely right.
If you need help when it comes to planning kitchens, IPS can help. Our experts can come to your home to help you draw up the perfect design for you based on our large choice of doors and accessories – and they will even walk you through the ordering process to make sure you have your dream kitchen.
What should you think about in kitchen planning?
There are several key elements you should consider in terms of planning kitchens.
The first is the layout – where do you want everything to go? Can you organise your kitchen so that the three main areas – the cooker, the fridge and the sink – are within easy access of each other?
Related to this is the issue of plumbing and electrics. If your kitchen layout is staying the same, you may not have to worry too much about this. However, if you plan on moving kitchen appliances such as the washing machine and fridge to another part of the room, you need to make sure there are adequate power and water points for this.
It also makes sense to have appliances that use water close together rather than at opposite ends of the room.
Another important factor is storage. Experts say Britons are cooking in their home kitchens more and more these days – and as a result, we need more storage space for our food, pans and small appliances in our kitchens.
The good news is you can buy a wide range of kitchen units to suit different needs – whether you want rows of cupboards at head height or floor level, specific racks and shelves for wine and produce or even a luxurious kitchen island in the middle of the room.
When it comes to the all-important cooker, there are again many options to choose from. You can select a conventional cooker with built-in grill and oven, or a hob that remains separate from the grill and oven, which can be installed in the adjoining wall.
Whatever you go for, your decision should focus on how often you cook and which appliances you’re likely to use the most to make sure your new kitchen design is as practical as possible.
Just as important as the cooker is the kitchen sink. You may want to consider issues such as how much space – particularly in terms of the number of basins – you need for washing up if you don’t buy a dishwasher, as well as how the sink fits in with the overall look of the new kitchens on your shortlist.
When it comes to worktops for kitchens, you will again need to think about the way you cook and how much space you need to whip up a meal both after work and on the weekends, when you might need extra room to cater for a dinner party.
These are just a few of the things you will have to bear in mind when planning kitchens – make sure you think about all of these before you actually get to the point where you’re choosing colours and picking out specific units so you know exactly what you want from your dream kitchen.
Of course, selecting a style for new kitchens brings up a whole host of new questions – do you prefer traditional kitchens or contemporary kitchens? Classic colours or bold shades? Straight lines or curves? Recessed grips or standard handles for your cupboards? It’s a good idea to come up with firm answers to these before you buy your new kitchen.
Plan a kitchen with IPS
If you need a little extra help with planning kitchens, IPS can give you the assistance you need.
You can speak to us on the phone or get in touch with us to arrange for a designer to visit you at your home so we can get a firm idea of what you’re looking for when it comes to new kitchens.
We offer a wide range of kitchens, appliances and accessories to help you create your dream kitchen, so don’t hesitate, please contact us to see how we can aid the process of planning a kitchen.