Not only do we provide the best kitchens Exeter has to offer – we also provide you with free design appointments and are always on hand to help out!

Which is why we’ve put together this handy step by step guide on what to think about when designing your kitchen! So, scroll on down to find out all the key steps and ideas so you can create your perfect kitchen!

Do you need planning permission?

Are you extending or renovating?

First up is the kitchen planning stage! Make a list of the info you need to gather together in order for you to get a kitchen design and get going. This way you’re not likely to forget all the details and you’ll have everything on hand when you’re chatting to your designer!

Next, list your must haves. What is it you’ve been dreaming of having in your brand-new, shiny kitchen?? Is there something you’ve been after for a while and you’re not willing to budge on? This stuff’s important to share with your designer, so they include exactly what you want in your new kitchen!

Next, measure up your space and get an idea of your floor plan. A kitchen planner is a great tool to help you organise and present this information in an easy to understand layout. A kitchen planner can help you identify of all the things that will impact upon  your kitchen design.

Budget up! A budget goes a long way with your kitchen project. It means you’ll get a design and quote that aligns with the amount of money you have to spend! What’s more, if you let your designer know you’re after a budget kitchen, our team can offer the best penny-pinching suggestions.

How to Start Planning for Your New Kitchen

How to use OUr Kitchen Planner

The next step is where you start getting creative! This means browsing through brochures, getting lost in a Pinterest hole and Googling to your hearts content. We want to create a kitchen that reflects you and your personality, so the more ideas your give us, the more we can more accurately create you an individual design!

From your research, figure out what the overriding theme is of all the kitchens you’ve pulled together. This way you identify what styles you really like. Or there could be multiple elements that you like the look of, and want to incorporate. Make sure you remember these to tell your designer.

Then you can start asking yourself questions along the lines of: Do you like plain slab styles or prefer a classic shaker kitchen? What theme have you got in the rest of your home? Do you need to look into small kitchen ideas? These are questions that can help define your final kitchen design!

If you’re completely lost, then check out our case studies that show off examples of EKS real kitchens or simply visit the showroom to browse our displays. Exeter Kitchen Store Designers can give you pointers or ideas to get the process started, or, you can get designs there on the spot, straight up!

Shaker kitchen
Case Study
How to Design
a small Kitchen

What’s your storage situation?

Safety first! What’s your appliance plan?

To get a design that really works for you, make sure you assess your current kitchen. Check your kitchen out and jot down the reasons you’re getting a new one. This can help you figure out what the most important parts of your new kitchen will be.

Then, think about the parts of your current kitchen that really works for you - this can be replicated in your new design! Also, identify what your current storage situation is like. Are you strapped for space and have overflowing kitchen cupboard storage, or, can you comfortably fit everything in your existing kitchen storage?

The way your family operates is also super important. This could significantly affect what you choose to put within your kitchen. For example, if you have young children, a safe kitchen may be a priority! So, the placement of appliances and your choice in appliances are a big thing to think about.

Another thing to consider is whether you’d like a breakfast bar in your kitchen. By including a breakfast bar you can make your space more sociable. This could mean you’d need to consider kitchen island ideas, or if your space doesn’t accommodate for this, you may need to opt for an alternative, such as a peninsula.

How to design
a Budget Kitchen
Is an island right
for you?

Get a preview of your design!

Your dream becomes a reality!

Once you’ve got your kitchen style ideas sorted, figured out what you do and don’t want in your new kitchen and have all the necessary information to hand – start discussing your kitchen design ideas with an EKS designer! We want to create your perfect kitchen, so let us know exactly what you’re after.

Aside from nailing down your layout and appliances, this is where you decide on kitchen door handles, lighting, kitchen splashbacks and worktops! Chat to your designer about your kitchen colour ideas and ideal overall ambience and they’ll be able to help you achieve it!

At Exeter Kitchen Store we can even help you when it comes to finding a fitter! We can recommend fitters for you, unless you’ve already got someone in mind or would like to take the project on yourself! We’ve managed to make fitting as easy as possible as we supply our cabinets ready assembled.

Once you’ve got a design that meets all your storage needs, works around your family and fits within your style and budget – all that’s left to do is order! So, designing your kitchen is really a simple process, just follow our logical steps and get in touch with the Exeter Kitchen Store for your ideal kitchen!

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