Kitchen Installation Tips - Part 1 - How to Plan & Install a Fitted Kitchen

We've put together this series of kitchen installation tips as a companion to the kitchen design guide. Where it showed you how to design a professional kitchen plan, this series of articles will show you how to organise the installation so that everything comes together on time.

Over the next 6 articles I 'll guide you through the process of designing and installing a kitchen, breaking it down into bite-sized chunks and removing the mystery! You 'll see it 's not all that difficult when you know how.

We 'll get into our stride proper tomorrow but for now, here 's what we 'll be covering:

Kitchen Planning - Section 1

  • Existing kitchen layout
  • Existing room features to be worked around
  • Existing equipment features to be worked around
  • Is room being enlarged or changed shape?
  • How many people live in the house, how many will use the kitchen, what ages are they - do you have a young family?
  • Existing location of sink, oven & hob

Kitchen Planning - Section 2

New layout - same or different?

Measuring

Appliances needed and best locations - integrated or free-standing?

Location of existing power sockets and light switches - need moved or added to for appliances?

Lighting

Suppliers - furniture & appliances

Kitchen Planning - Section 3

Choosing units - see what 's available - type, colour, material, construction, delivery

Doors

Worktops & splashback

Drawing your plan - it 's easy with Word!

Start with base units first, then wall units

Flooring & decoration

Kitchen Installation - Section 1

Who 's installing it- you or tradesmen?

Contact tradesmen - arrange visit and quotes based on plan

Arrange timescale and agree it with all contractors

Can you survive without a kitchen?

A great time for a clear out!

Out with the old… Who 's removing it and how will you dispose of it?

Kitchen Installation - Section 2

Time for the sparky - cable running for lights & sockets

Plastering

Plumbers & pipes

Tall & wall units

Base units, then worktops

Plumber for sink, tap, dishwasher, washing machine & hob

Kitchen Installation - Section 3

Appliances

Now put the doors on

Splashback

Sparky 's back…

Flooring

Decoration

Stand back and admire your dream kitchen!

Whether you 're designing your own kitchen or getting someone in to do it, follow this timeline so you 'll know exactly what you want and what to ask for. All sorts of frustrations can be avoided if you have a clear idea of what you 're after - and your contractors do too.