Sprucing up your house by fitting a new kitchen can be a great way of revitalising and bringing new life into your home. A well designed, modern kitchen serves as an impressive feature in any home; keeping up to date with recent styles and trends shows off your eye for interior design and is sure to impress any visiting friends and family. A kitchen renovation is no small task by any means and there are many things to consider before spending any of your hard earned cash. So, let’s look at a few forward thinking ideas that could learn how to fit a kitchen.
Before you buy any appliances, fittings or decorative accessories for you kitchen be sure you have finalised your ideas for the style of the room. The first step when learning how to fit a kitchen is simple; know what you want. There are so many different styles available to you and it can be a little overwhelming when trying to source ideas for your home. Thing about what style would complement your home and your personality; are you looking of a more traditional kitchen with a vintage kettle, oven and toaster? Or are you a pioneer of the 21st century who needs coffee on the go and modern colours and textures? Get an idea of the features, colours and design you want for your kitchen, plan it out and write it down.
The second step when learning how to fit a kitchen is more complex; once we have settled for a design and style for our kitchen, it’s time to start planning out the space we have and where each of our new features is going to be. Large fixtures and features are going to take a lot of space; ovens, dining tables and other large items are need to be strategically placed to maximise style and space efficiency. Be sure to take measurements of all the rooms dimensions; you’re going to need to measure the height of the room (floor to ceiling) if you’re planning to install an oven with an extraction unit above. Measuring the room is also useful when you are shopping for larger features or fixtures; you can compare new measurements to those of your kitchen to determine how suitable each new feature or item is.
The third step when researching how to fit a kitchen is the fitting and decorating. Firstly, clear your kitchen out completely; remove everything that is being replaced and anything that could get damaged. Turn off all water and electricity supplies to the room and disconnect all pipes that lead to/from sinks and drains (if appropriate).
When removing old cabinets, be sure to unscrew and detach any fitting that hold them in place; this can prevent you damaging any walls or connected beams when removing cabinet and draw units. The same rule applies with work surfaces; ease the worktops off after unscrewing fittings underneath. This is the perfect time to make repairs to walls or repaint walls, as there are no new cabinets and draws to accidentally spoil with loose paint.
As you assemble any cabinet or wall mounted cupboards, be sure to check they are straight with a spirit level. Leave doors and draws out of each unit until they are fitted properly, this makes for an easier adjustment if you need to remove units and re attach. Ensure any new worktops are cut to the correct measurements before taking them into your kitchen, doing this outdoors is strongly recommended. Cut out sections of your worktops according to the measurements of any new sinks or hobs. Once your worktop is of the right size and shape then you are ready to complete its installation by bolting it or adding supports.
Once all new features and fittings have been completed, add finishing touches to your kitchen by accessorising with matching appliances and decoration. Kettles, toasters and café tiers can be bought as a set and if matched well with the colour of your kitchen, they can really help bring the whole design together. Add suitable blinds or curtains that complement the room to draw attention to your kitchen window and to any natural light entering your room.
Remember, turn off electrical and water supplies to the kitchen before doing any DIY. Apply common sense and always be safe when taking on home DIY jobs.