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. 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 with you
When you come into store for your free design consultation, please bring with you:
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 us to them – 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 Help & Advice articles on How to plan your kitchen and What kitchen style is right for 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 to getting all the dimensions you’ll need.
Tools & materials required
How to measure your kitchen
Sketch the outline of your room. All you require is the general shape.
Mark the location of windows, doors, archways and hatches on your plan. Note the directional swing of the door and whether the hinges are on the left or the right.
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.
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 sufficient accuracy for our designers.
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 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.