Get ready to come into store and meet our experts
There’s a long list of things to consider when planning the design of a new kitchen. But that’s why we’re here. At B&Q, our design experts take care of all of that – so you don’t have to. All we need from you are a few simple things and then we can get to work.
What to bring for the kitchen design consultation
When you come in-store for your free design consultation, please bring with you:
Your kitchen’s measurements - This is essential to help our designers accurately start work on designing your kitchen. Follow our step-by-step guide (below) to getting all the dimensions you’ll need.
Any photographs or pictures of ideas you have - These might be torn from the pages of a magazine, print-outs of a webpage or snaps on your smartphone. We’re not fussy how you show them to us – we’re just keen to better understand your vision for your new, improved kitchen.
And if you're not certain what you're looking for yet, check out our helpful guides.
What to expect at the kitchen design consultation
- A 3D design of your new kitchen
- Full costing and price breakdown
- Installation quotation
- An opportunity to discuss and apply for our finance products. For more on this, head to our financial services page.
Let's start taking those measurements...
Tools & materials required
How to measure a kitchen
You will need:
Sketch the outline of the room. All you need is the general shape.
Mark the location of windows, doors, archways and hatches on your plan.
Top tip: Log any changes
Make a note of any structural alterations you may want to make, like moving doors.
Indicate any obstacles that must be planned around, such as the boiler, meters and radiators (pictured).
Add the entry point of main services, such as electricity, water and gas.
Measure between each fixed point - doors, walls, windows.
Pick a starting point, like a corner, and work clockwise around the room to avoid missing anything.
When measuring doors and windows, remember to include frames, together with the distance from the floor to the underside of the windows. Measurements should be in millimetres (mm), as anything larger doesn’t provide enough accuracy for our designers.
Top tip: Take thorough measurements
If you have a period property or one with visibly uneven walls - measure them at the top, middle and bottom.
Measure the dimensions of obstacles in the room, such as the boiler or radiators. Remember to include the width, depth and height of each item and its relative height from the floor.
Some obstacles and main services could be movable – please discuss this with your design consultant.
Measure where main services, such as electricity, water and gas are and mark on your plan.
To do this, measure from the nearest fixed point on your diagram to the centre line of each service. Remember to include sockets, phone, gas, water and TV points.
Measure the ceiling heights.
To do this, take two or three measurements to ensure the ceiling is consistent and mark the height in the middle of your survey plan. If there are obstacles on the ceiling, such as stair slope or landing, mark this on your sketch.
Measure the dimensions of any freestanding appliances that you’re looking to keep.
Double check your measurements for accuracy as this will make it easier to start work on your new project.
Step 11 - Come in-store
Now that your sketch is completed, let’s make your new kitchen a reality.