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Top Considerations When Planning Your Fitted Kitchen

Before seeking out and comparing kitchen quotes, you need to understand your requirements and preferences inside out. This way, when you obtain quotes, you are comparing ‘like for like’ and can make a clear comparison of which kitchen fitters are worth your money. Understanding your needs and tastes also means you’ll end up with a kitchen remodel which works for you.

Lifestyle

A kitchen can be used for cooking, catching up with family and greeting visitors into your home, and can double up as a dining room, a utility room or an entertainment space. Think about your lifestyle. Which kitchen styles and features best suit how you are going to use the space?A beautiful and stylish kitchen is worthless if it doesn’t suit your lifestyle. An avid cook may dream of a top-of-the-range double oven, lots of clever storage space and plenty of work surfaces. Families may want to create a large welcoming family dining area, with lots of space around a large table or breakfast bar for children to sit. Or perhaps eating out is more your thing and you want to update your small kitchen to a sleek compact unit? Those who are keen on partying or entertaining guests could look into a kitchen with a bar and wine chiller or an elegant dining space.
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Size and Shape

The size and shape of your room will greatly influence which kitchen shapes fit. Galley or twin galley kitchens have units along one wall or two parallel walls, making them ideal for long, narrow spaces. L kitchens and U kitchens are ideal for those who want to maximise surface space, and you have the option to include an island unit or breakfast bar. Online kitchen planning tools can help you see which shape best suits your available space, and brochures can give a better idea of how the finished room will look.

Materials and Budget

Fitted kitchens come in a wealth of different styles, colours and materials. Of course, material choice depends largely on how much you want to spend, but achieving a particular look is available on any budget. Urban, country, vintage or contemporary style kitchens can be made with different materials - high quality solid wood or more affordable MDF, chipboard covered with foil or veneers, or gloss finishes. Complementary countertops come in a similarly wide range of materials. You may find brochures and pictures useful, and tips, advice and free kitchen quotes are available online.

Kitchens for Sale are dedicated kitchen specialists who offer a comprehensive collection of planning resources and services. Take advantage of their free price quotes, online planner tool and guides to create the kitchen of your dreams.


Thursday, 14-Jun-2012 18:16 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Be Your Own Kitchen Planner with Handy Online Resources

Are you tired of browsing kitchen showrooms in search of your dream kitchen? Does the thought of being bored by another showroom kitchen planner on a sales pitch almost drive you to despair? It may not have occurred to you before, but you can do actually carry out a large percentage of kitchen planning by yourself.Understanding your preferences will cut the time you spend in kitchen show rooms, and can be done from the comfort of your own home. Online kitchen planning resources offer tips and advice, and there are even online planning tools available, similar to those used by in-store experts.

Obviously, you’ll have a rough idea of the style of kitchen you like. Perhaps you are looking for a contemporary style, a traditional ‘country’ style or even a stainless steel industrial style. You will probably already know which appeals to your tastes and which will suit your home. A natural wooden kitchen exudes tradition and warmth, whereas melamine or steel units will give a clean and modern look. Worktops can be solid wood or wooden veneer (a thin layer of wood on an MDF base), laminate, stone (such as marble), stone composite, vinyl wrapped MDF, melamine or stainless steel; each of which gives a different feel to your room. Like the units and appliances, worktops vary greatly in price.

Do you want a bespoke design or a cheaper off-the-shelf fitted kitchen? Colours, layout, appliances and flooring are also key factors to consider. Online kitchen specialists sometimes provide guides to kitchen layouts, which are well worth a look at. Do you want features like open shelving, an island unit (usually only suitable in large spaces), a breakfast bar, appliances concealed within your units, or corner storage cupboards for more space? In the early stages of planning, the best way to find out which kitchens appeal to you is to browse brochures. Many online kitchen specialists offer free brochures or e-brochures, meaning you can see hundreds of designs in a matter of minutes, rather than spending hours in kitchen design stores which have a limited choice.

You can even play around with different kitchen layouts using a free online kitchen planner tool. Create a virtual room identical in dimensions to yours, and see for yourself what works best. Being your own kitchen planner is by far the best way to guarantee your new kitchen is the one of your dreams.

Kitchens for Sale offer a comprehensive range of free kitchen planning resources, including tips, advice, brochures and an online planning and quotation tool. Your dream kitchen begins on this website.


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