Plan your kitchen

We’re glad to hear that you’re going to start renovating your kitchen. Or is it a newly built house and you have the possibility to make it look any way you like?

In any case, this project will run smoothly with the right information and plan!

Planning a kitchen requires a lot of accuracy, knowledge, and a bit of patience. It’s common for different suppliers and handymen to work together as many things are needed here. Make sure to plan with great margins and give reliable people the right information – this is usually crucial to guarantee that your kitchen project will run optimally and will turn out just the way you want it to.

The typical kitchen process:

It’s always best to evaluate how you cook in your kitchen today and how it’s planned so you could create a dream kitchen that would work for you. If you’re building a new kitchen from the very start, you should definitely analyse your previous kitchen or visit a friend with a similar space to the one where your new kitchen will end up. Here are several things that might help when evaluating your current kitchen:

1. Thoroughly analyse the kitchen you’re using today and the way you’re working in it. 

Is the working/cooking space big enough for you?
- How can you make the new layout better? Or perhaps it’s great already?
- Just how much storage do you actually need?
- What do you store in your kitchen?
- How do you work in it?
- What’s the recycling situation?
- Do you often cook big meals?
- Would you be able to move the sewage or air extractor?

2. Measure the space – every measurement is important!

Just create a very simple measurement sketch of the floor and a separate one for every wall. Remember to include the following elements:

- Wall-to-wall measurements. 
- Doors – size and placement. Doorframe included.
- Windows – size and placement. Window frame included.
- Sewage to wall, starting from the centre of the pipe. 
- Ceiling lights, power outlets, light switches, radiators, and water pipes – placement. Can these be moved, or at least adjusted?

3. Get a photo of your old kitchen if possible.  

It’s great to see how your kitchen changes and compare it to the old one, however the photos are truly useful when planning a new kitchen.

4. The design 

Even though practical and aesthetic elements are considered to be opposites, at EASY FRONTS we’re actually driven to combine them, making it happen with as few compromises as it’s possible. Below are several aesthetic ideas to consider while planning the new layout:

THE SYMMETRY 

Most people try to have symmetry between top and bottom cabinets in terms of the width of the fronts. They believe a 40 cm wide cupboard front should have a 40 cm wide cabinet front right above it. However, from an aesthetic viewpoint, it looks much nicer to actually have the same width for all the top cabinets’ fronts and then let the bottom cabinets "live a life of their own", this way creating greater harmony and a more elegant look. 

ONE OR THE OTHER

We at EASY FRONTS do like both sleek and “all over the place” aesthetics, but we’re sure that you should choose just one of these. But what if you can’t have streamlined aesthetics all the way and you must make compromises? In this case, it might be better to actually mix formats. Obviously, this varies from case to case.

SKIPPING THE CORNER CABINET

Many professionals state that you should have a corner cabinet if your kitchen is cornered. This way you’d be utilising the whole volume of the space. However, we would certainly suggest against it. Skip the corner cabinet, and let us explain why – a corner cabinet typically has a flywheel, and this mechanism takes up so much room that it’s simply better to get nice pull-out drawers. Leave the corner space empty – it’ll look more stylish, especially if you follow the lines of the drawers.

YOU MAKE THE CHOICES 

Don’t forget that it’s your kitchen, and these are your choices. So don’t listen blindly to our opinion or any other advice. We do have many years of experience when it comes to planning kitchens, but it’s your home and your kitchen, therefore it’s best to follow your own gut instinct – it’s usually right, especially when we’re talking about kitchens!

5. Why don’t you let IKEA's kitchen-planning staff help you? Of course, you can also do it yourself. 

IKEA'S KITCHEN PLANNERS

Go to IKEA and visit the kitchen section where they have a computer. Book an appointment with an IKEA kitchen planner for an individual, personal walkthrough. These planners will certainly help you create a practical and productive kitchen layout based on your ideas and sketches. Together with a professional, think about the lighting under the wall cabinets and inside the drawers, decide what furnishing you want for the drawers, and also pick which white goods you’ll use.

JUST DO IT YOURSELF!

You can always plan your kitchen yourself using IKEA's Home Planner. Download the program here

However, we strongly recommend letting IKEA's professionals help you – their kitchen planners really know what they're doing!

ALL THE WHITE GOODS

We suggest using white goods from IKEA's assortment. If you’re more into other brands, we ask you to get in touch with those suppliers and confirm that their integrated products fit IKEA's frames and fronts. Just remember the small details, for instance, an integrated oven might fit the frame, however if the front part stands out as little as 7 mm from the doors, it’s certainly not going to look or feel great.

6. Ordering EASY FRONTS products for your dream kitchen.

ORDER FROM EASY FRONTS

There are two simple ways to order EASY FRONTS products: a quick "do it yourself" choice (A), and a "no rush" alternative, where our competent kitchen architect helps you (B).

A. Visit EASYFRONTS.com and just place your order yourself.

The simplest and by far quickest way is to go directly to EASYFRONTS.com and place the order yourself. Decide how many fronts, drawer fronts, plinths, sides, and excess pieces you’ll need in each size. The excess pieces are most easily made out of a drawer front, plinth, or side in a fitting format, and they’re cut to fit the exact measurements. Once you've placed your order, no more changes can be made, so just make sure to look through your order carefully.

B. Get help from our kitchen architect via e-mail.

We’ll gladly help you if you find it complicated to place the order yourself, if you’re unsure about the choices, or if you just want a professional to advise you along the way. This will take a bit more time though – 1-2 weeks depending on the number of customers we’re helping. A competent kitchen architect will help you choose patterns, handles, colours, and legs to create a nice, cohesive, stylish kitchen. If you’re already sure about how you’d like your kitchen to look, not a problem. This particular service costs £65/€85 including VAT, and it includes:

- An individual design sketch of your kitchen, with explanations for each individual product’s placement. It will therefore be a great basis for the carpenters working on your kitchen.
- A clear and straightforward quotation describing every single product.
- Up to three colour samples.
- An account that will be created in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Good news – if you then place an order, you’ll get the £65/€85 that you previously invested back. Whether you want us to help you through e-mail or directly in our store, you should send the following information to easy@easyfronts.com:

• An IKEA Home Planner sketch (in PDF format).
• Product specification information from IKEA.
• Your choice of colour, pattern, handles, and legs. 
• Your choice of top (thickness, colour, material), mixer tap (manufacturer, colour), and other details that you’ll be purchasing for your kitchen yourself. 
• Name, delivery address, e-mail address, phone number.

As soon as we get this information from you, we’ll create a sketch based on your choice of design and send you the colour samples. We’ll send the quotation after you’ve confirmed that the sketch works for you.

An EASY FRONTS tip!

If in any case you’re just looking for a quote, simply add the products you wish to purchase to your shopping cart on the website and you’re good to go. 

AFTER PLACING THE ORDER

Once you place the order, remember that it won’t be possible to make any further changes, so make sure your order is accurate before placing it. 

7. Payment information 

When you’re ordering online, you can pay easily through your debit card or use PayPal. If you’re placing an order through an EASYFRONTS's kitchen architect, you can pay by invoice or via PayPal. 

8. Ordering from IKEA and installation.

ORDERING FROM IKEA

After deciding which products you want from EASY FRONTS, simply place your order from IKEA on their website or at one of their department stores. If you're a DIY enthusiast, it’s possible to install the kitchen yourself. But if you want someone else to do it, IKEA offers many qualified companies. You can also order the installation from IKEA just as you’re ordering the kitchen frames. Your choice of these professionals will affect the end result, so we advise to choose someone who has experience installing IKEA's kitchens – it’s wiser, easier, and cheaper this way. Make sure that the craftsmen you hire get to see the design sketch of your kitchen first. This will definitely help them during the installation. 

9. Delivering EASY FRONTS products.

We’ll ship the products to you 4-5 weeks after your order date. You’ll receive an e-mail from us when the packages are ready to leave our joinery, and the shipping company will contact you before they come to drop off the products. 

We strongly advise you calling and booking the chosen craftsmen after you’ve received the delivery e-mail from us.

DELIVERY DAMAGES 

If by any chance you receive damaged goods, inform the driver about it. Take pictures of the packages and any damaged products, sending the photos to easy@easyfronts.com. Freight claims must be sent to EASY FRONTS within a week from delivery.

10. Happy about the products? Tell us!  

It’s so important to us that you’re happy with your EASY FRONTS kitchen, but also with the whole buyer experience. If anything went wrong, please inform us – we value your feedback.

Also, please kindly share any pictures of your new EASY FRONT kitchen with us! E-mail the pictures to easy@easyfronts.com – we’re always interested in seeing the finished result. We like to share the joy – a lot of interior magazines contact us looking for new objects to photograph.

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