How to design a kitchen

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How to design a kitchen

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Project Overview

The kitchen is the heart and soul of your home. It’s not just where you cook food but where people gather to socialise. Renovating your kitchen is a long-term investment, so when it comes time to do it, there are a number of things you need to think about.

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1 The size of your kitchen
2 Plan your kitchen activities
3 Use existing services
4 Your budget
5 The working triangle
6 Use samples
7 Maximise storage
8 Plan online
  • Step 1. The size of your kitchen

    To be able to properly plan the design of your kitchen, you need to know how big a space you’re working with. This will allow you to determine how many cupboards, drawers, shelves and appliances you’ll be able to incorporate into your new kitchen.

  • Step 2. Plan your kitchen activities

    Working out who will use the kitchen and what for will help you plan its design. Things to consider include:

    • What other activities is the kitchen used for, such as kids doing the homework or for laundry.
    • How often do you cook?
    • How many people use the kitchen or sit in at once?
    • Do you entertain and need a lot of bench space near the cooktop?
  • Step 3. Use existing services

    When planning your new kitchen consider where the gas outlet, power points and water and waste pipes are. It’s easier and less expensive to use these rather than have new ones installed.

  • Step 4. Your budget

    It’s important to work out your budget. This will help you decide how much you can spend on each new component of your kitchen, from the cupboards to the drawers and oven. It can be as simple as updating your benchtop, changing cupboard handles or updating appliances. It doesn’t have to be a full renovation.

  • Step 5. The working triangle

    When designing your kitchen, take into account the very important ‘kitchen triangle.’ In an ideal kitchen, you should be able to draw a triangle between these three work centres - the kitchen sink, the fridge and the stove. Ideally, these should be at least 1200mm away from each other. Depending on whether you have a gas or electric stove, there are regulations about what the distances should be.

  • Step 6. Use samples

    When it comes to choosing everything from your benchtops, tiles and splashbacks, try before you buy. Use samples from Bunnings to mix and match and make sure you’re happy with the combination of colours and textures for your new kitchen. You might want to go for a neutral base and introduce bold colours with your splashbacks and appliances.

  • Step 7. Maximise storage

    Make the most of the storage options in your kitchen, you can’t have too much of it. Consider cupboards, wall cabinets, open shelves and deep drawers to store all of your food and kitchen appliances. Drawers are a great storage solution because you can pull them right out to easily access what’s at the back.

  • Step 8. Plan online

    Once you’ve got the measurements for your kitchen, go online and use the Bunnings 3D kitchen planner. It will help your dream kitchen become a reality. The easy to use 3D planner lets you plan the perfect layout, find inspiration and mix match cabinets and benchtops. 
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