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Designing your new kitchen in 6 simple steps

In this blog, ‘Designing your new kitchen in 6 simple steps’, we’ll run through the journey of designing your new kitchen, from doing your initial research through to the delivery and installation.

Designing your new kitchen in 6 simple steps…
Step 1. Do your research

Designing your new kitchen in 6 simple steps… Step 1: Do your research
Timescale: The sooner the better – it’s always good to know things ahead of time

Before you engage with us, or any kitchen designer, make sure you do your research…
You don’t need to be a kitchen design expert, but get to know what’s out there, what is achievable for your budget and what types of products you’d like to include in your new kitchen.
By doing this you’re not going into your design consultation blind and you can be led by what YOU want to achieve – it’s your new kitchen after all. Commission based designers can sometimes lead you to spend more or have items you don’t necessarily need. (That’s why we don’t pay commission to our designers – instead we pay them a fair wage and give them bonuses for things like good reviews!)

When doing your research make sure you read up on pricing, products, sustainability and anything else that is important to you. Here’s some things we think you’ll find useful:

Designing your new kitchen in 6 simple steps…
Step 2. Work out what’s important to you

Designing your new kitchen in 6 simple steps… Step 2: Work out what’s important to you
Timescale: The sooner the better – it’s always good to know what you want

Now that you understand a bit more about what is possible, it’s time to think about what’s important to YOU. First of all, it’s time to go through your current kitchen… Declutter, reorganise and prioritise. Think about what you actually use and what you wish you could use more. Work out what your priorities are for your new kitchen. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Think about what layout you would like. Do you want a U or L shaped kitchen? Would you like an island or a breakfast bar?
  • Do you need space for seating or a dining table?
  • What range or style do you like? Would you prefer Modern or traditional?
  • How much storage do you need? What type of storage do you need?
  • Do you need any Storage Solutions?
  • What appliances do you want to keep/need to replace and what space do you need for them in your new kitchen?
  • Think about the flow of your new kitchen. What items need to be close together?
  • How much counter space do you need for your small appliances and for preparation space?
  • What do you want to be hidden away versus what do you want proudly on display?

Designing your new kitchen in 6 simple steps…
Step 3. Measuring Up

Designing your new kitchen in 6 simple steps… Step 3: Measuring Up
Timescale: Just before you speak to your designer – it won’t take you long!

Once you’ve done your research and worked out what’s important to you, it’s time to measure up your space! Whilst this is important so we can design you a beautiful kitchen that can actually fit into your home, your fitter will check all your measurements before we place the order. Just to be safe.

Top Tip: Don’t forget about boiler, gas, water and other utilities placements!

The easiest way to measure your room is to sketch the layout out on a piece of paper. Then measure each section or wall and write it in next to it. Once you’re happy with your sketch, upload it using our handy upload tool!

Your room layout could look like this:

If you’re having an extension, building a new house or creating a new space for your kitchen that isn’t built yet, you can simply upload and send us your architect’s drawings or floorplan and we can use them for now!

Designing your new kitchen in 6 simple steps…
Step 4. Speak to your designer

Designing your new kitchen in 6 simple steps… Step 4: Speak to a designer
Now you’ve measured up, done your research and worked out what’s important to you, it’s time to get to the fun part… It’s time to chat to a designer. When looking at who to work with, it’s important to think about who can help you make your dream kitchen a reality. Here at Smile Kitchens that’s what we live for. We’re design-led, not sales-led. And whilst we might advise you on what we think would work well, we’ll never pressure you to go against what YOU want.

Hedge your bets

It’s also important to speak to a couple of different companies – we encourage you to do so! Get a couple of quotes and make sure you get the best design and best deal for you. Unlike other companies, we encourage this. We’re happy for you to speak to other companies because we’re confident in our designers’ skills and we’re confident in our pricing – so confident that if you find the same product for cheaper elsewhere, we’ll do our best to price match it.

Share your budget

When speaking to a kitchen designer it’s important you share your budget – you might want to keep your cards close to your chest, but if your designer understands your full budget, they can make the best recommendations based on what is affordable for you. They can also help advise on how much to set aside for fitting, appliances and furnishings.

Designing your new kitchen in 6 simple steps…
Step 5. Select your finishes

Designing your new kitchen in 6 simple steps… Step 5: Select your finishes
Once your designer has finished designing your new kitchen for you and you’ve finalised the layout and all of the practical elements, it’s time to select your finishes. Here at Smile Kitchens, we’ll make suggestions throughout the process. But it’s YOUR kitchen, so it’s your decision to make! Not only do you need to select your worktop, colour scheme and handles, but you also need to think about all the little things that’ll make your new kitchen feel like home.

Whilst we don’t offer all of the finishing touches ourselves, we have brand partners that can help with that! Plus, as a Smile Kitchens customer you get exclusive discounts from them too…

Appliances from AO.com

For all your small and large appliance needs, enjoy 10% off appliances at AO.com, the UK’s leading electronics supplier, as a Smile Kitchens customer!

Furniture & Furnishings from MADE.com

For home furnishings, lighting and everything from sofas to stools, vases to rugs. Plus, enjoy 10% off everything at Made.com as a Smile Kitchens customer!

MADE.com: Design Furniture & Accessories

Plants & Pots from Patch Plants

For a little bit of greenery and to bring the outside in, enjoy 15% off everything at patchplants.com as a Smile Kitchens customer!

pippa in situ

Paint & Wallpaper from Lick

For all your wall covering needs, our friends at Lick have an amazing range of wallpapers and paints that are perfect for any home. Plus you’ll get 10% off everything as a Smile Kitchens customer!

Bedroom decorated in Monkey 02 Paste the wall wallpaper

Don’t forget to also look at flooring, tiles, splashbacks and any other touches you’d like to include in your new kitchen.

Designing your new kitchen in 6 simple steps…
Step 6. Ordering, Delivery & Installation

Designing your new kitchen in 6 simple steps… Step 6. Ordering, Delivery & Installation

Timescale: Up to 2 months before delivery – depending on the range you choose

Check your measurements

Once you’re happy with your design and ready to go, it’s time to have your chosen fitter check all the measurements. Your designer will supply a ‘Check Measure Pack’ – this’ll give all the information your fitter will need to check everything is correct and that your kitchen will fit where it’s supposed to. It’s important they do this correctly, otherwise there could be problems when it comes to installation.

Ready to order

Once you and your fitter have signed off the measurements we can order your new kitchen! If you’re ordering from Smile Kitchens, you won’t need to worry about paying a deposit up front, you’ll simply pay in full once the kitchen is delivered.

Installation time

When your fitter is installing your kitchen, your designer will be on hand to offer any support they need. Plus, if anything goes wrong during the installation (regardless of who’s fault it is) we’ll replace anything that gets damaged free of charge, no quibble.

Don’t forget that your kitchen will potentially be out of order for a week whilst the installation is completed. So, think about what you’ll need in that time – do you need a tea and coffee station set up somewhere? Or your microwave?

If you’re in the Northwest, we can offer you an exclusive discount at some of the top restaurants in the area, from the Elite Bistros group. As a Smile Kitchens customer, you get 20% off food – so you can still eat well, despite your kitchen being out of use. To find out their specific locations check their website. Speak to your designer today to activate your discount!

Get started today!

Speak to us today and get your kitchen journey started and move one step closer to having your dream kitchen. Our team of dedicated designers are on-hand and ready to help make your dream kitchen a reality. Or, if you’d rather have a go at planning your own kitchen layout, why not have a go at our new kitchen planner tool?

If you’ve enjoyed ‘Designing your new kitchen in 6 simple steps’, Don’t forget to read our other blogs for more tips, trends, ideas and help designing your kitchen.

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