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Kitchen design advice. Read this before you buy a new kitchen!

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A great kitchen not only looks fantastic but functions brilliantly too. It’s all about planning to make the best use of space.

Our designers have put together this article to help you to plan your new kitchen. However, If you live in the North East, simply call into one of our local showrooms, and our design team will help you to create your dream kitchen.

There are a few classic layouts that kitchen designers use. A tried and tested formula that works, and each with their own benefits. For example: L-shaped kitchens that are built into a corner to maximise the worktop space; single and double galley kitchens with one or two runs of cabinets; and U-shaped kitchens with three sides so everything is easy to access.

More recently the installation of an island is becoming a recognised way to create a multitasking space. Often Islands are used to provide additional work surfaces and include a breakfast bar. They can also provide lots of practical solutions such as housing additional sockets, under counter coat pegs, wine racks and book shelves for example. An island can now also be used for your cooker since extractors can now be integrated into the ceiling or your hob. This can provide a great central point so you can socialise while cooking.

When planning your kitchen you may also want to consider ‘sight lines’. A sight line is the view you get from key entrance points to your kitchen. Keeping your sight lines clear will create a feeling of spaciousness.

Regards of the space there are some basic and practical things all kitchens should include. For example, positioning the dishwasher near the sink. The bin should be close to the dishwasher, the food prep area and the hob. This is commonly known as the ‘golden triangle’ which is a three-point rule for positioning the sink, fridge and cooking area. It’s an easy rule to follow and ensures the most-used areas are all in close proximity to maximise the efficiency of your kitchen.

Lastly, we always try to plan in as much detail as possible. So, question where your utensil drawers should be and ensure pots and pans for example are near to the hob. Do you have a knife block? How much space do you need for tableware? Where will your crockery need to go? Do you have sockets near your kettle and so on.

Our designers will ensure your kitchen looks and functions perfectly. We use 3D computer design software to help you to visualise your new kitchen. With over 25 years in business you’re in safe hands.

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