entry one hundred and five
How do, fabulous kitchen fans!
The kiddiwinkles are almost back to school, holibobs are over for a bit, and the weather is turning nippy: that means it’s prime ‘kitchen-planning’ time, as you considerate peeps begin to prepare for the winter season and all the lovely food you’re going to cook/gatherings you’re going to throw.
We’re thoughtful timber lovers here at deTerra kitchens, so we thought we’d share some top tips for planning wooden kitchens to get you going:
Sort your kitchen layout
A kitchen redesign can be a bit daunting, but once you’ve measured up properly and made a scaled plan of the room, it’s easy as pie. This plan will let you see if there is any unused storage space that you can take advantage by choosing the best combo of base cabinets and wall cabinets. Our cabinets come in all shapes and sizes and they’re made from super-durable, ultra-gorge solid oak (for an affordable price). Perfect for any layout!
Position your sink carefully
Your sink could be seen as the most important item in the kitchen, as it makes sense to have your washing machine and dishwasher nearby, too – and positioning all three can take up a fair bit of room. Once those are set, you can build your room around it. If you want to change the position of your sink, don’t worry too much: carcasses tend to have a service gap at the back (ours do) so it’s not too huge an undertaking to reroute pipework behind even if you aren’t ripping out your kitchen entirely.
Socket to ‘em!
Another important thing to factor into your plan – and though it’s easy to be a stingepot with your estimate, put in a few extra sockets if you can. Better too many than too few, for sure! Your sockets should sit 150mm above your worktop, at least; and consider what upstand or splashback you’re using around the kitchen if installing new sockets – some materials are easier to fit around sockets than others (such as tiles, as these are relatively easy to cut).
Some have the luxury of knocking through a wall or rearranging things entirely when revamping their kitchens; but for some (myself included), a small room is all we have to play with. Boohoo.
Eliminating bulky freestanding items is a good idea: purchase an under counter fridge (for example) and you’ll gain worktop space in an area that was previously dominated by your appliance. Incorporate corner cabinets, too; these make the most of unused space and some nifty wirework can allow you to organise your way to storage heaven. Corner posts are vital here, as they prevent door handles from bashing into each other. Thankfully, if you order deTerra corner kitchen units we’ll include the necessary corner posts automatically. Simples.
Colour outside of the lines
If we’ve learned anything over the past year, it’s that colour in the kitchen is here to stay – and the more personal the choice, the better. Gone are the days when all that could pass as fashionable were whites, off-whites, creams, and… more white. Frosty pinks, baby blues, bold purples, earthy greens and even vibrant citruses are appearing in kitchens of every size and shape. In the words of Abba, ‘take a chica-chance-chance’ and go for your favourite colour – you won’t regret it!
We hope you’ve found the pointers above to be handy hints; but, if you’ve got any more questions, give us a call on 03333 70 33 33 or email us. We’re always up for a good ol’ kitchen-planning chat.
Ta ta for now,
The deTerra Diarist