Get rid of old units
It’s really difficult to visualise and plan your new kitchen while the old units are still in place – so get rid of these via recycling or selling them online before you do anything else. Don’t leave it until the new kitchen arrives.
Unfortunately, not every room is a lovely square box ready for a new kitchen to be fitted inside. There are often obstructions to deal with, from old water pipes and inconveniently placed radiators to large obstacles such as chimney breasts, so you’ll either need to remove these or plan around them.
Repair walls and floors
If you’ve ever painted a room, you’ll know how crucial it is to put in the time and effort to prepare surfaces. The same goes for your new kitchen. Surfaces need to be in good condition, so you’ll need to repair holes, remove all nails and other fittings from walls and do your best to get wall surfaces and floors even and smooth. Measure lines and corners to check the angles, so you can be prepared when it comes to fitting the kitchen.
The finishing touches are to thoroughly clean down all surfaces before the new kitchen is installed, although after all trades have been in (as this work will only create more mess).
Measure up and mark out
To ensure your new kitchen will fit properly in the space, accurate measuring is crucial. Here are some measuring tips:
· Measure in millimetres rather than cm or inches for greater accuracy
· Measure everything at least twice
· Write down your measurements
· Mark out your measurements on the wall to help you visualise how your kitchen will look
Once you’re happy with your measurements, you can start marking out your units on the walls and floor. Use pencil, chalk or marker on the walls (depending how confident you feel) and tape on the floor. Remember that if your floor is uneven, measurements for units and worktops made up from the floor may not be accurate at some points.
If your room is difficult to measure or you aren’t confident about measuring accurately, using a kitchen fitting specialist to measure up can give you some peace of mind.
Let’s get planning!
Once you’ve carried out these essential preparatory steps, not all of which will apply to everyone, you are ready to start designing your perfect new kitchen. You can now think of the space as a completely blank canvas, all ready for you to put your own stamp on.
If you’re struggling with measuring or need help with preparing your room, get in touch with A&J Kitchens for some expert help and advice. We can help with every stage of planning and fitting a new kitchen, and we have lots of experience in overcoming obstacles and challenges.