5 easy steps to set up your own virtual kitchen plan
When planning a new kitchen design, some of us like to get right into the shops and meet with the design consultants. A collaborative approach is sometimes best. However, more people are taking the DIY route to design planning and using online tools. Made available by a range of brands, with a range of functionalities, these tools allow people to carefully consider their design options before getting swept up in the actual design process.
For the uninitiated however, virtual kitchen plan tools can be intimidating. By following these 5 steps however, it’s easy to develop your own virtual kitchen plan.
- Think ahead. What kind of kitchen do you want? Is it a highly functional, professionally inspired space? Is it minimal and integrated? Are you hoping that it will play host to many social functions? Your desired kitchen design style and purpose will have a big impact on your final virtual kitchen plan. A social kitchen for example, is best served by a U-shape configuration, with a central kitchen island equipped with an induction hob. The G-shape layout, with plenty of worktop space and a peninsula for open plan living, is best for family homes.
- Get inspiration online. If you’re not sure what direction your kitchen design should take, consult the myriad of websites, blogs and pinning boards dedicated kitchen and interior design (like yours truly: ktchnmag.com). The content is driven by designers and enthusiasts who are passionate about design and making your kitchen life more pleasurable. Read up and get inspired!
- Measure twice. Plan once. Do as the carpenters do and make sure your kitchen space dimensions are measured to perfection before getting down to planning. Enlist an assistant as getting accurate measurements of large spaces is difficult. Make sure you have all of the measurements on hand when you begin planning online.
- Research the right planner for you. The number of virtual kitchen design planning tools is expanding rapidly. How do you know which one is right for you? The best planners have 3 basic elements: floor-plan view (for easy entering of your measurements), 3D view (so you can understand precisely how everything will fit) and an automatically updated product list. Also, if you are dedicated to a particular brand, it is always best to use their proprietary planner. It makes the in-store consultation a much more seamless process!
- Customer service is your friend. When you get deep into the online kitchen planning process, new users in particular should be sure to make full use of the virtual planner’s help desk. That’s what they’re there for!