The shape of your kitchen that sink, preparation area and hob should never be too far apart
and that the fridge should be near the entrance of the kitchen.
This all will have effect on where you will plan to put your basic equipment
(fridge, hob, microwave and sink) and where the service points for water, electricity and gas
(if needed) will be. Keep the existing service points in mind when planning your new kitchen
as rewiring and re-plumbing your kitchen will take a lot of time and money.
When measuring the size of the kitchen, make sure
that the exact shape of the walls is known. If there is an inwards corner in the
room it will influence the shape of the worktop and the place of the
Mark the service points in your plan, as this will
define where the main working areas will be placed.
The longest unit will consist of the sink, drainer
and maybe a dishwasher, so it is best to place this area in your plan
If you like to cook with a lot of fresh vegetables
or you need a big freezer, consider a big fridge/freezer at the end of your
worktop for loads of storage and easy access.
Two-way galley kitchens
Two-way galley kitchens
provide a lot more storage space below the worktop and will usually also have a
better layout than a single galley kitchen. Whereas in a single galley kitchen
the distances between cupboards are reasonably big, in a two-way galley they're
just behind you, so you have to walk less. This will save time. The shape of a
two-way galley makes that the layout of your kitchen becomes more compact. Very
important with this type of kitchen is though to have enough space between
the two galleys. There has to be enough space for example to look into your
oven without bumping into the galley behind you. If this space between the two
galleys will turn out to be too narrow, then maybe you should think about
re-shaping your kitchen.
The L-shaped kitchen will give a lot of workspace and
storage space below the worktop will not be a problem. Also the walking distance
between the main zones in your kitchen will be minimised. Another big advantage
of the L-shaped kitchen is that one of the corners of your kitchen will be free
to use as a dining area. The problem area in an L-shaped kitchen is often the
space under the worktop in the corner.
U-shaped kitchen will give you a lot of work- and storage space. It can, however, become a bit of
an enclosing space if the wall cupboards run all around the room. Also the floor
area will be a lot less than in any other shape of kitchen. Consider this when
choosing this shape of kitchen. If this type of kitchen is used in a bigger
room, then one of the legs of the U can be used as a breakfast
Top Planning Tips
Plan your kitchen according to your lifestyle. A
family will have different expectations from a kitchen than a young couple. Keep
this also in mind when planning your storage.
Keep the existing
service points in mind when planning the kitchen as rewiring and re-plumbing
takes a lot of time and money.
Think about the
ventilation points when planning your kitchen. Don't plan cupboards over
Decide where your sink,
drainer and dishwasher need to go first as this will be the biggest unit to fit
Plan the main areas
(sink, food preparation and hob) close together. This will make your kitchen
When measuring the size
of the kitchen, make sure that the exact shape of the walls is known. If there
is an inwards corner in the room it will influence the shape of the worktop and
the place of the wall-cupboards.
If you decide for a
two-way galley kitchen, leave enough walking space between the two
If choosing a U-shaped
kitchen, consider the floor space you will have left and maybe decide to use one
of the legs of the U as a breakfast bar.
If you like to cook with
a lot of fresh vegetables or you need a big freezer, consider a big
fridge/freezer at the end of your worktop for loads of storage and easy
In a small and narrow
kitchen you can create more space by making the wall-cupboards taller rather
than having them protruding outwards. You will create more headspace and the
kitchen will look wider.
Store heavy items in the
cupboards underneath the worktop.
Store rarely used items
on the highest shelves of your cupboard to keep easy accessible space free for
Kitchens will always
have drawers with all sorts of goods in it, like pens, buttons, matches and
sandwich bags. To create more order, use little plastic boxes or special drawer
organisers. You will find what you need much quicker.
Store your utensils near
to where you are most likely to use them. This will make your kitchen more
Keep your worktop
clutter free for a tidy look.
To disguise a boiler you
can build a spice rack in front of it. This will not take a lot of space and
will be an attractive display for all your spices.
Think about where you
want your main bin to be situated. Try to integrate it in the area below the
worktop to keep outlook of the kitchen clean and
Don't forget to give
your cookery books a place in your kitchen!