Common Mistakes with New Kitchens

For those who are new to planning a kitchen, there are many aspects that are easy to overlook. Whether you’re looking for replacement doors or arranging a full kitchen remodel, the process is not as simple as it may seem. Below we have compiled some tips on how to avoid making the most common mistakes for your dream kitchen.

Not leaving tolerance

Unfortunately, buildings are never perfect, walls are never straight, floors never entirely level, and spaces never completely uniform. This is why leaving a tolerance on your measurements is important. Your units should be slightly smaller than your space and your panels slightly bigger so that they can be trimmed correctly to fit. It is also essential to have your doors produced 3-4 millimetres smaller than your units so they can open without colliding.

Cutting corners on the important products

You may think that when it comes to cabinets, the cheaper the better, but actually, these are usually where the majority of the cost comes from. They have to be able to withstand the abuse of use daily, which is why we recommend this is the last area you cut costs. There’s an old saying, buy it nice or buy it twice, and this has never been truer than in this scenario. Similarly, hinges should not be scrimped on, as a good pair can last you a long time. This is why we only use premium Hettich or Blum fittings.

Separating important areas

If you’re planning the kitchen, it is important to remember to keep areas close enough together so that you don’t have to walk a marathon while preparing your dinner. The main items to keep within a reasonable distance are the sink, the fridge, and the stove. This ensures that you can move easily between them and work fluidly the whole time. This is called the smart work triangle.

Only measuring once

Measuring the space and area is the single biggest thing you can do to prepare. You must ensure that the measurements you have taken are accurate, so we will always recommend measuring twice so you only have to cut once. This will avoid headaches during the installation process and avoid the need to reorder items you have ordered incorrectly, costing you extra time and money, or having to make complicated and risky alterations onsite.

We hope this will help you avoid these rookie errors and ensure that your kitchen project runs smoothly and without a hitch.

If you need any help or advice, our sales team are always available to provide advice and guidance. You can contact them either via phone or email.