There are many considerations to think of when you are looking for a new kitchen, and here at Big Home Shop we want to make sure that you get the kitchen that you want and also one that you need and will make the best use of.
The first thing to consider is the size of the room that will become your kitchen. Is you room long and thin, rectangular or square, small or large? This has the greatest bearing on the kitchen design that you will choose.
Secondly you need to consider what will be going in to your kitchen, you must consider this practically. The questions you need to ask yourself are, are you looking to put your fridge/freezer in your kitchen? Do you want it/them integrated in to the kitchen so that they are 'hidden'? Or do you want to keep these in a pantry/utility room? The same applies to a washing machine and a dryer. You also need to consider how many storage cupboards do you need? In a family property you will need more storage space than an apartment designed for 2 people. The same also goes for how many drawers you need. Wall units are a great way to fit more storage space in to a smaller kitchen but care must be taken not to make the space look too crowded and enclosed
Finally you need to consider whether you will be eating in your kitchen or do you have a separate dining space? Some kitchen with a bit of clever design can comfortably incorporate a table and chairs, some people may prefer to have a breakfast bar from where they can eat, this will also have a large influence on the type of kitchen that you choose.
The best way to get started designing your own kitchen is to print off our kitchen planner, sketch you kitchen on to it and start by drawing on the planner your space. Make sure you include the windows, doors, boiler and any other items which can't be moved, then you can start thinking of where you would like your units to go. I would start by positioning your sink, oven and fridge/freezer, then start to consider the amount of worktop space you require, as a kitchen with too little worktop space just won't cut the mustard!
A galley kitchen tends to run alongside one wall in a narrow kitchen or an oddly shaped room. This is an ideal solution for a small kitchen. Being able to include base units, wall units, your appliances and at least 1 work surface, you can create a minimal yet functional kitchen.
Twin Galley Kitchen
A twin or two way galley is as you would expect, units fitted to 2 adjacent walls in a narrow kitchen with a walkway in the middle. If you room is wide enough for a twin galley kitchen, you can include even more units than a galley kitchen, just remember to carefully choose where your appliances go, for example if the walkway is quite narrow, don't put a sink opposite your cooker, or if you are putting a nice pie in the oven and your partner is washing the dishes, you are going to end up bumping in to each other!
L Shaped Kitchen
This is the most popular kitchen design that we deal with. It allows more space for a dining area within your kitchen, but also makes a great use of a small space. As the name suggests, the kitchen is in an L shape, along 2 perpendicular walls. If you appreciate the current revival of kitchen islands, this can be an exceptional way to offer more work surfaces in an L Shaped Kitchen. Putting the sink under the window in an L Shaped Kitchen is very common and gives you a nice view of the outside world when washing the dishes!
U Shaped Kitchen
A U shaped Kitchen (sometimes called C Shaped Kitchen) is the preferred kitchen amongst professional chefs and enthusiastic amateurs, it really does offer the best amount of work space and storage space in a kitchen. It can also provide a good space for the cook to be hard at work in the kitchen and for guests to be nearby without being in-the-way! There are several designs for a U Shaped Kitchen which can go along 3 walls or you can bring one side of the 'U' in to the middle of the room and create a breakfast bar/seating area for guests. A U Shaped Kitchen can also be perfect for incorporating a kitchen island for that high-end kitchen feel.