Submitted by: Carolyn Clayton
It has been estimated that most people will probably only buy a new kitchen once or twice within their lifetime, which is why if you are considering getting a new kitchen you need to research into it and get as much help as you can when it comes to buying a new fitted kitchen.
As with every part of your property you need to plan what you are hoping to achieve from your fitted kitchen to ensure that you are getting the most from it. You should think about aspects such as the size of your kitchen and who will use your kitchen. The design of your kitchen should reflect your lifestyle. Also fitted kitchens come in many different shapes as well as sizes with the three most popular shapes being gutter, L shaped and U shaped. A gutter fitted kitchen will be the kitchen shape that is most likely going to cause you problems where storage is concerned but as long as you make the most of the space that you are given you shouldn t have a problem. It is also a good idea to place your main appliances near to each other; these include the sink, cooker and fridgefreezer.
An L shaped kitchen however will give you a lot of storage space and you will be able to use one of the corners of the room as a dinning area. An L shaped fitted kitchen will be the one that will give you the most amount of space. If you however have a U shaped kitchen you will still have a lot of storage space and a lot of work surfaces; however U shaped kitchens can offer look enclosed and in many instances you are often left with a lack of floor space.
Whichever shaped kitchen you have you should make the most to emphasise the space, this can do this via the layout of the kitchen and where you place certain aspects within the room. You can also open up smaller rooms through the use of light. If you use a colour scheme that is fresh and light you will add space to the room.
There are two types of kitchens; you can either have a fitted kitchen or a free standing kitchen. A fitted kitchen makes the most of your space and will add value to your property but you won t be able to take the kitchen with you when you move. A free standing kitchen means you are able to use all types of furniture to make up your kitchen and when it comes to you moving property you are able to take all of kitchen with you.
Whether you wish to have a fitted kitchen or a free standing kitchen it is important to remember that different people have different lifestyles and as the kitchen is classed as the centre of the home it is essential that you plan a kitchen that works best for you. For example a single person who eats out often will have different needs for their kitchen than a family with children. You should plan your kitchen according to your lifestyle and decide on aspects such as how much storage space you will need for aspects such as groceries, cutlery and crockery.
When you are planning your new kitchen it is important that you speak to an expert who will be able to advise you on your kitchen design and what will work best for you within your kitchen space.
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