Get ready to come into store for your design appointment
There’s a long list of things to consider when planning your new kitchen. But that’s why we’re here. At B&Q, we take care of all the nitty gritty details so you can focus on the creative vision of your kitchen.
Have you asked yourself the key questions to consider when designing a kitchen? You can find them outlined in our article 7 steps to planning a new kitchen. If you haven’t already, we suggest you check it out for helpful tips and inspiration.
We want to help you to create a kitchen that suits your needs. Whether you’re looking to change a few things here and there, or you’re after a complete overhaul, we can help bring your ideas to life. Our kitchen planning and advice is free – simply come in-store and we can start helping you with your project.
What to expect from a kitchen design appointment with us
- A 3D design of your new kitchen that you can view and change at home using our B&Q Spaces design tool
- A complete quote with price breakdown
- An opportunity to chat about, and apply for our finance products. For more on this, head to our Financial Services page.
What to bring with you to your kitchen design appointment
Here’s a list of things you might want to bring with you when you first come and see us, although if you would rather come and just have a chat with us first, that’s not a problem.
- Your kitchen’s measurements - this will help us accurately start designing your kitchen. More on how to take these measurements later on in this article.
- A sketch of your current kitchen's layout
- Essential requirements - does your kitchen need to be child-friendly or pet-friendly? Will you be using the kitchen for basic cooking, or for regularly entertaining guests? This sort of information will help you, and us determine what sort of design will work for you.
- Some photos of your current kitchen – this helps us to understand the things you want to change and how we can help you achieve that
- Any photographs or pictures of your ideas - these might be torn from 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 understand how you’d like your kitchen to look. If you're still looking for kitchen inspiration, check out our guides to hot kitchen trends, we also suggest having a look on Pinterest.
- Samples of tiles, fabric cuttings and wallpaper that you like or want to use
- An idea of your budget so that we can suggest the most suitable ranges and appliances for you
- Note down any questions you may have regarding your kitchen design. We don’t want you leaving the appointment feeling that you’ve forgotten to ask us something. If you write down all your queries beforehand, you’ll be sure not to miss anything. And remember, we are always just a phone call or quick visit away if you want to ask us something else about your kitchen design.
How to sketch & measure a kitchen
Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a budding artist, a basic sketch of the layout of your kitchen will really help us at your design appointment. You can even download graph paper to help you!
You will need:
Watch the video or follow the steps below to find out how to sketch and measure your kitchen.
NB: Our Homefit service will no longer be available from 9 July 2018. Any existing orders will be honoured until 14 December 2018.
How to sketch the kitchen
Sketch the overall layout of the room. All you need is the general shape.
Mark the location of windows, doors, archways and hatches on your plan. Include the opening swing of 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.
Top tip: Log any changes
Make a note of any structural alterations you may want to make, like moving doors.
How to measure the kitchen
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 us to help you plan.
Top tip: Be thorough when taking wall measurements
If you have a period property or one with visibly uneven walls, measure the 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 us in store.
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’s 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.
Top tip: Do a double check
Double check your measurements for accuracy as this will make it easier to start work on your new project.
Come in store and see us. Now that your sketch is complete – you are ready to make your new kitchen a reality.
See you soon!