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Kitchen Design With Templates

Kitchen Design With Templates

2018-03-01

Planning the design for a kitchen can be an immense challenge. There are so many options in terms of cupboards and kitchen cabinets, but only as much space as your room allows. Coupled with that, there are obligatory appliances and services that need to be incorporated in the layout, from water pipes and power supply to cooking and refrigeration. You also need to ensure that there are sufficient work surfaces for preparation, cleanup, and if you like, for display purposes as well.

The Question Is, Where To Start?

Make templates to scale of all the appliances you want to use in the kitchen as well as units. You will, of course, need to make multiple templates for units.

Presuming you have some idea of what you need and want in the kitchen in terms of appliances and kitchen cabinets, the answer is simple: With templates. A template of fixtures, units, furniture, and appliances can be an amazing tool when planning the layout of any room. When it comes to planning a kitchen, templates can be a lifesaver!

The Concept Of Templates For Planning

Generally speaking, templates are a kind of pattern that is used to form or produce certain items. We use them so that we don’t have to recreate particular shapes all the time. The idea of using predefined templates for planning architectural or other layouts involves two elements:

  1. The room or space drawn to scale, showing doors, windows, and other elements including existing plug points, taps, drains and so on.
  2. Individual cupboards, cabinets, appliances, furniture, and whatever else needs to be fitted into the room, drawn to the same scale and cut out so that they can be used rather like puzzle pieces.

Of course, you need to know the size of the cabinets and other items you want to incorporate into the kitchen layout. Manufacturers offer different sizes, including different depths of cabinet, so base your template sizes on what is available from the supplier you plan to use.

How Templates Help When Planning A Kitchen Layout

Whether you are faced with an empty shell or an old worn kitchen that needs to be revamped, templates are the easiest way to see how all the elements will fit together.

Having drawn the room or space available for your kitchen to scale on graph paper, mark the position of doors, windows, plug points and so on. This will give you a good starting point for the position of your sink, stove, and other appliances. It will also help with deciding where to position base cabinets, wall cabinets, cupboards or tall cabinets, and possibly open shelving.

Even if you know more-or-less where you want all the elements to go, having a range of template options will simply the process and enable you to make important decisions on paper. For instance, you might want to try different sized units – perhaps play around with 18 inch and 24 inch, or even deeper base units. Similarly, you might not be sure of the size refrigerator that will meet your kitchen design needs. By making a couple of template size options based on available models will ensure that you leave the right sized space between cabinets or cupboard units. If you are planning to include freestanding furniture like a table and chairs in your kitchen, be sure to include templates of these too. Similarly, if you are going to have a washing machine and/or tumble dryer in the kitchen, don’t forget about these either.

Draw and cut out all the units and appliances you may want to use, and then shuffle them around on your basic plan. Just remember that the scale you use for the layout must be exactly the same as the scale you use for cabinets and appliances. Using templates also help to ensure that you won’t have traffic flow problems, and they are enormously useful when creating an effective kitchen triangle on a plan, between the sink, fridge, and stove or hob eye-level oven. With the templates in place, you can draw lines on the plan to show how people will walk across and through the room. If a person entering the room from a doorway is going to have to walk through the work triangle, you should probably rethink the layout. With templates, this is easy.