Print out and Cut out
Print out the gridded paper to plan your kitchen to scale
Print and cut out cupboards to plan your kitchen to scale
Principles to consider when designing your kitchen
The first thing to think about is what appliances you would like or might need in your kitchen, whether they are freestanding or integrated, where they might fit and if it’s possible to get the services they require to them easily (gas, electric, water).
Start with the Floor Cupboards. The standard or average worktop depth we aim for is 650mm, this is made up of a 30mm overhang at the front, 575mm over the cupboards themselves and a 45mm void behind to take pipes, wires etc. The worktops are supplied 670mm deep giving you 20mm extra at the back to scribe to uneven walls. If you are not short on space a 650mm worktop gives you a more generous proportion and a little more space at the back of the worktop for storage jars, toasters etc.
If you don’t have pipes and wires running behind the cupboards and you are tight on space the worktop can be slimmed down to as little as 605mm, by putting the cupboards hard up against the wall and maintaining a 30mm overhang at the front, or as little as 575mm with no overhang at all.
It’s best to keep the overhang consistent around the room, 30mm will give a more traditional look but if you are really tight on space or are looking for a more contemporary look, then the worktop can be flush with the cupboard facade.
Having established how deep you think your worktops might be, draw a line on your plan to indicate the line of the cupboard fronts, ie if you have decided on a 650mm deep worktop this line will be 620mm off the wall (the 30mm overhang won’t show on your plan, you can dot it in later), or if the cupboards are hard against the wall this line will be at 575mm, or anything in between.
Start working your way along the line of the cupboard fronts, marking on the widths of each cupboard to scale. You may like to start with the thing that’s most important to you or the focal point of the room ie that the sink is centred under a certain window, or that the hob, and therefore the extractor, is centred on a particular wall. Most of our cupboards are one of three sizes, Small 350mm door, Medium 475mm door or Large 600mm door, so when designing your kitchen not only think of practicality but also of the aesthetics, try and balance the cupboard sizes.
Be careful here, we name most of our cupboards by their door sizes ie a ‘Small Double’ is a cupboard that has a pair of 350mm doors but it isn’t as you might think 700mm wide, it’s actually 790mm wide because there is a 45mm leg on either side. The overall widths of the cupboards are clearly written on the site be careful to use them on your plan and not just the widths of the doors!
Having worked your way along one wall of your kitchen, start on the others. Don’t forget that if you have an ‘L-Shaped’ or ‘U-Shaped’ cupboard run you will need to use our Corner Cupboards to maximize storage space. The ‘corner blank’, as it is known, ie the bit you don’t see on a corner cupboard, is 450mm wide (on our Floor Cupboards) giving you elbow room and flexibility if your return run of cupboards require a shallower worktop. If you are trying to achieve 650mm worktops all around, where the cupboard fronts are at 620mm off the wall, don’t forget to stop at least 620mm short of the side wall, as this is the point at which the facade of the return run or runs will start.
If when doing this, perhaps by keeping your sink dead centre to a window and having a balanced choice of cupboards, you are only left with say 600mm at the corner, thus suggesting the return worktop should be 630mm (including a 30mm overhang), if there aren’t any other factors to consider ie a void needed behind the cupboards for services you must decide what the most important design issue is and choose the solution.
In this instance, we would choose having a slightly less deep worktop, over and above making the sink off centre or sacrificing a nice balance of cupboards, as the difference between a 650mm worktop and a 630mm one is negligible to the eye.
Having marked your floor cupboards on the plan now you need to do exactly the same with the Wall Cupboards, the principles are the same but generally speaking we don’t have to accommodate services behind the cupboards, so the facades are 325mm off the wall and the ‘corner blank’ is 250mm. Again think of balance of cupboard sizes, and don’t forget both our cornices project at the front and the sides.