By Martin Hart on Fri 06 March 2020
Installing a kitchen is a pretty vital part of the job, right? Whether you’re a professional or a DIY-er, the kitchen is likely to be the busiest room in the house. It’s where people gather, and where conversations happen and families bond. No surprise, then, that fitting a kitchen can be a big job that you need to get right first time.
Do You Have All the Tools?
As a professional, you’re bound to have all the tools needed to take on the job, but it’s worth double checking – especially so if you’re a homeowner fitting a kitchen without professional assistance. Although your kitchen units will advise you as to what’s required, a safe bet will be a drill and a spirit level. The spirit level will guide you when measuring up, while the drill will allow you to affix the units to the walls.
Does Size Matter?
It may sound obvious, but you’re probably not surprised to hear that some people choose their units based entirely on aesthetics, without a second thought about whether or not they’ll actually fit. You’ll want to know the measurements of every inch of the kitchen, taking into account any corners or other anomalies that may be present. The general height of a kitchen unit is 910mm – that allows for 150mm adjustable legs and a 40mm worktop, with a base unit of 720mm. That should give you a fair idea of what you’re playing with.
Does the Design Flow?
In most houses, kitchen units operate, firstly, for utilitarian purposes. But that doesn’t mean they’re not designed to look good too. So when fitting a kitchen, the overall design should be taken in to account. What is the end-user actually looking to gain out of a new kitchen? Are the units modular enough should anyone ever redecorate? The most important factor to consider how the room flows once it’s laid out. If it’s not an intuitive layout it needs a re-think.
Have You Checked Extra Fittings?
There are two types of kitchen fittings to take into account when installing a kitchen. When measuring up and preparing the room for a fine fitting, you’ll need to check things like electrical sockets. If they’re going to impede the fitting, you may find yourself making adjustments to the units in order to carry out the work. The other types are your classic kitchen extras, like pull-out fittings, magic corners and carousels and even designer handles. All of these need to be considered, as they’ll require additional space to operate.
Now you’re ready to take the first steps in fitting a kitchen. And if you’re looking for quality products to assist, simply contact us and we’ll be delighted to help.