Design

Getting started

Before you start designing, it’s essential to understand how you want your dream kitchen to function. Functionality is a critical element of any kitchen design and can be the defining factor that separates a good kitchen from a truly outstanding one.

To find the right kitchen functionality for your needs, consider how you currently use your kitchen and what feels comfortable to you. Make a list of features you want to keep and ones you want to change.

Focus on creating three main working zones: storage (fridge, freezer, pantry), washing (sink, dishwasher), and cooking (oven, cooktop). Arrange these zones in a “working triangle” for efficiency.

Here are some typical kitchen layouts, each designed with these three zones in mind.

As you prepare to design your dream kitchen, it’s crucial to start by accurately measuring your current space. These measurements will form the foundation for all your planning and design decisions. Here are some helpful tips to guide you through the process.

Helpful Designing Tips 

Designing DO’s

  • Keep fridge and cooking appliances separate.
  • Don’t attempt gas, electrical, or plumbing work unless qualified.
  • Avoid placing cooking appliances under windows or near inward opening doors.
  • Ensure range-hood is at least 650mm from the top of the cooktop, or, as per the minimum manufacturer specifications.
  • Do not forget your end panels on either side of appliance cabinets and to cover the exposed side of cabinet runs.
  • Leave a minimum of 300mm clearance on both sides of the cooktop or to any pantries or panels.

MEASURE

Step 1:

Overall Space: Measure from the floor to the ceiling and note the distance between walls and from corners to doors.

Step 2:

Windows and Doors: Measure each window, noting its distance from the floor, ceiling, and corners. Repeat this for any doors in the room.

Step 3:

Utilities and Fixtures: Record the positions of drains, water supply lines, power outlets, and light switches. If you plan to relocate any of these, mark their new positions as well.

Helpful Measuring Tips 

Measuring DO’s

  • Measure the outer edges of architraves/frames for all windows and doors.
  • Measure the height of the room from the floor to the ceiling.
  • Note any overhead bulkheads that might affect installation.
  • Measure the height from the floor to windows to ensure cabinets and benchtops will fit.
  • Note the location of existing plumbing and electricity outlets, and plan for any relocations.
  • Ensure the sink bowl is centred over a suitable cabinet.
  • Check manufacturer’s specifications for appliances before ordering your kitchen.

Grid Paper/Appliances/

Cabinets

  • We have provided a sheet of graph paper ready for you to record your dimensions.
  • 2D drawings of essential kitchen appliances and some standard sized cabinets have also been provided.
  • All you need to do is cut, paste, and draw the plans of your dream kitchen.

TOOLS 

Here’s a tailored list of suggested tools and equipment that may come in handy for assembling and installing your flatpacks, depending on the specific products you’ve ordered.

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