Shape your kitchen
Before you think about colour schemes or what type of coffee machine you want to install, you need a layout which works with the space available to you. Those lucky enough to have a large, square kitchen have the freedom to choose any layout - including making use of a kitchen island - but those with smaller, irregularly-shaped kitchens need to take more care. Narrow kitchens are best suited to the galley-style layout, where everything is side-by-side. L-shaped layouts allow you to tuck your kitchen into the corner of a dual-purpose room, with U-shaped layouts allow you to turn part of the space into a breakfast bar.
Look for fixed points
Once you have decided on the kitchen layout that makes best use of the space available to you, think carefully about the placement of your gas and water pipes - if you don't want to get a professional in to move them, the position of your gas cooker, sink, washing machine etc has already been decided for you.
Also, think about the practicalities of the layout; it's surprising how many people overlook potential clashes, such as drawers and cupboards which cannot be opened while the dishwasher is open - not ideal when you're trying to put away those clean pots and pans! Similarly, your food preparation worktop area will want to be near your hob, but not in such a way that two people working in these areas will get in each other's way. It is important, therefore, to think not just about how the kitchen will look but how you will use it every day.
Start building your plan
Once these key features are in place on your floorplan, measure up the spaces between them so you know exactly what you have left to work with, and input them into our kitchen planner. The great thing about the Wren tool is that you can input all your ideas, save them, and make changes at a later date. Even then, the interactive nature of the tool means you can get specific advice on your kitchen floor plan from one of our expert designers, who may be able to offer practical solutions to particular problems, or come up with innovative ways to use your space more effectively.