There’s a long list of things to consider when planning your new kitchen. But that’s why we’re here. At B&Q, we take care of all the nitty gritty details so you can focus on the creative vision of your kitchen.
Have you asked yourself the key questions to consider when designing a kitchen? You can find them outlined in our article 7 steps to planning a new kitchen. If you haven’t already, we suggest you check it out for helpful tips and inspiration.
We want to help you to create a kitchen that suits your needs. Whether you’re looking to change a few things here and there, or you’re after a complete overhaul, we can help bring your ideas to life. Our kitchen planning and advice is free – simply come in-store and we can start helping you with your project.
Here’s a list of things you might want to bring with you when you first come and see us, although if you would rather come and just have a chat with us first, that’s not a problem.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a budding artist, a basic sketch of the layout of your kitchen will really help us at your design appointment. You can even download graph paper to help you!
Watch the video or follow the steps below to find out how to sketch and measure your kitchen.
NB: Our Homefit service will no longer be available from 9 July 2018. Any existing orders will be honoured until 14 December 2018.
Sketch the overall layout of the room. All you need is the general shape.
Mark the location of windows, doors, archways and hatches on your plan. Include the opening swing of doors.
Indicate any obstacles that must be planned around, such as the boiler, meters and radiators.
Add the entry point of main services, such as electricity, water and gas.
Make a note of any structural alterations you may want to make, like moving doors.
Measure between each fixed point – doors, walls, windows. Pick a starting point, like a corner, and work clockwise around the room to avoid missing anything.
When measuring doors and windows, remember to include frames, together with the distance from the floor to the underside of the windows. Measurements should be in millimetres (mm), as anything larger doesn’t provide enough accuracy for us to help you plan.
If you have a period property or one with visibly uneven walls, measure the at the top, middle and bottom.
Measure the dimensions of obstacles in the room, such as the boiler or radiators. Remember to include the width, depth and height of each item and its relative height from the floor. Some obstacles and main services could be movable – please discuss this with us in store.
Measure where main services, such as electricity, water and gas are and mark on your plan. To do this, measure from the nearest fixed point on your diagram to the centre line of each service. Remember to include sockets, phone, gas, water and TV points.
Measure the ceiling heights.
To do this, take two or three measurements to ensure the ceiling is consistent and mark the height in the middle of your survey plan. If there’s obstacles on the ceiling, such as stair slope or landing, mark this on your sketch.
Measure the dimensions of any freestanding appliances that you’re looking to keep.
Double check your measurements for accuracy as this will make it easier to start work on your new project.
Come in store and see us. Now that your sketch is complete – you are ready to make your new kitchen a reality.
See you soon!