Are you thinking of fitting or fixing your kitchen but afraid of its complexities? Or do any of the kitchen units feel outdated and needs to be fixed as soon as possible? Do you want to fit a new kitchen unit without any professional help? This blog post is only about helping you fit a kitchen even if you are an amateur.
A revamped kitchen adds up to the value of a home and with minor renovations in your kitchen, you can make this space look stand out.
Fitting kitchen units can be challenging. You can either hire a professional or you can do it yourself through certain DIYs. But for a person, who is new to DIY projects, how hard would it be to fit a kitchen? The question remains there.
Fitting a kitchen by yourself not only saves you lots of money but also gives you more power to design your kitchen your way.
Here we have come up to help you fit your kitchen in the easiest way possible. If you are designing your kitchen from scratch and need some help with kitchen design ideas, we at TKC Kitchens lovingly offer our kitchen design service.
Let’s find out how you can conquer your kitchen space without putting yourself in any trouble. We hope this blog post would be a productive read!
- Start with a design plan
Before knocking down your old kitchen, make sure that you have planned all the possible fixings and have streamlined the whole design of your new kitchen.
The design of a fully fitted kitchen depends upon the size and shape of your kitchen. From traditional to contemporary style kitchens, there is a certain kitchen fitting range that should be planned accordingly.
Starting from the kitchen cabinets, probably you’d want to have sophisticated, flat panelled cabinet doors. Or you may go for more detailed cupboard doors that overlay the cabinet frame. For a better kitchen finish, you might be confused between a shiny gloss or dramatic matt.
These are a few things which you should choose according to the aesthetics and style of your home. A kitchen space adds 10 – 15% value to a property and you should think from this perspective as well.
- Consider the details
Small details can create huge differences. While planning a new kitchen design, you must figure out the style of kitchen units that you need to fit, the material and color of kitchen cabinets, the cabinetry style, the right finish for your kitchen, placement of backsplash, the flooring etc. It’s all in the details so once you figure out these; it becomes easy to fit a new kitchen.
For plumbing, electricity, and piping, you need to take the help of professionals because these are sensitive tasks and must be handled by certified pros.
- Get the right dimensions and measurements
This is the part that needs maximum precision and accuracy. The level of base units must be calculated without any error because the countertops fit on these. The base units usually have a depth of 60cm while the wall-mounted units are 30cm deep.
- Fit your kitchen units
Now as you are done with the required measurements and dimensions, it’s time to fit the kitchen units. Kitchen units are of two types; base units which are placed above the floor and support worktops, wall units that are fixed on the walls.
- Install the base units
With the help of spirit level and measuring tape, mark the wall where base units will be installed. Move the base unit into its marked spot and make sure that the base units are levelled. Any error can lead to inaccurate countertop placement. The experts recommend taking the start with your corner unit since it can help you take any of the directions.
- Screw together the base units
Screw together the base units with one another through holes. Start with the corner and keep adjusting the base units until you achieve the marked height. The units are clamped and screwed together through holes.
- Fit these units in their place
Now it’s time to fix these units to the wall with the help of brackets. To fix the units to masonry, you’d be needing wall plugs, otherwise, plasterboard fixings can be used as well. Make sure that the surface of your base units is smooth so it does not make your countertop look uneven.
- Mark the wall for wall units
Again, with the help of measuring tape and spirit level, mark the horizontal spot on the wall where wall units are to be fixed. Make sure there is a gap between the worktop and bottom of the wall units; recommend difference is 40 to 45cm at least.
- Fix the wall units
Fix the wall brackets on the wall where you can hook the units on. Be careful about the symmetry of wall units. Just like the base units, join together the wall units as well.
- Fit the units’ doors
Once the base and wall units are fixed in place, it’s time to install the units’ doors. Screw on the doors and door fronts along with the plinths.
- Install the worktops
Now it’s time for the worktops to rock the entire kitchen space. For a more natural and bright look, there is a wide range of quartz and granites available. For DIY kitchen fittings, solid laminate worktops are a great idea to go with. The worktops which are covered in lamented sheets are easy to cut with the laminate strips to cover the edges.
- It’s time to add the finishing
A clean and smooth finish completes the entire look of a kitchen. If the kitchen cabinet doors are misplaced, you can fix them with the help of screwdrivers. The doorknobs or handles must be selected depending upon the cabinet style. The worktop should not be crowded with appliances or storage boxes. You may consider other alternated options to save the worktop from all the clutter. Do not forget to install an extraction unit on an outside wall. Do not place switches near gas stoves.
- Apply paint
Painting is one of the easiest ways to change the look of your kitchen or to put a new soul in it. Decide upon the colour palette that goes well with your kitchen units; make sure to consider the lighting effects as well. Before applying the paint, don’t forget to cover the worktops, sinks, floors and appliances with any protective material to save these from any paint stain.
In the end
Don’t forget to make your kitchen user-friendly. If it lacks practicality, there is no point in putting so much effort into fitting this space. Fitting a kitchen is not an easy task and if you are doing it for the first time, you need to be ready to accept major or minor mistakes. There must always have some room for improvement and when it comes to improving your kitchen and fitting it on your own, you need to be precise and knowledgeable about the fitting chores.