At Kitchen Fitters Glasgow, we find that many of our clients who are planning a brand new, bespoke kitchen really want to make it their own and create a design that is unique to them and their property. We have the design, joinery and appliance installation experience to help anyone turn their dreams from a clean sheet of paper design via a practical plan into the reality of a beautifully-finished, professionally-fitted kitchen.
To help give you an idea of where to start with the layout of your dream kitchen, you should start by looking at the space available in your property, not just the size but the shape too and this layout is the starting point for your new kitchen.
Below are some of the layouts that we typically come across (and have built) in the Greater Glasgow area.
The galley kitchen
The prevalence of tenement flats in Glasgow means that we fit a lot of galley-layout kitchens. In this type of flat where floorspace is at a premium, the kitchen is often a small room, frequently long and narrow which means that you should plan your layout around a long single-side workspace to maximise the workspace available rather than treat the area as a potential social space but modern kitchen products ensure that you can achieve an eye-catching and highly functional end result in spite of the limited space available. When planning yours out, it is all about ensuring maximum practicality and that everything is accessible and available and appliance locations don’t interfere with one another e.g. when opened or with heat transfer, vibration and
The U-shaped kitchen
In houses, be they semis in Shawlands or detacheds in Dowanhill, this kitchen layout is one of the most common that we come across. Here, three walls of the kitchen contain wall units and appliances with one wall left free (usually because of the door opening). When you are planning this type of kitchen you need to be careful over what you place in the corners to ensure that doors, drawers and appliances do not foul one another and where you want the high-mounted wall units. This layout fits well into a box-shaped room but can limit the opportunities to use the room as a social or occasional dining area, although in larger spaces a breakfast bar can be incorporated or the U turned into a G-shaped layout by means of adding an additional worktop out into the free floor area which increases both storage and work surface area.
The island kitchen
A modern trend in larger properties has been the incorporation of a separate workstation or eating area in the middle of a kitchen (independent of the other wall-and floor-mounted units of the kitchen). This has come about as the kitchen has increasingly become a social area for both family and friends for regular meals and special occasions. Here at Kitchen Fitters Glasgow we have found that this layout is only really suitable for sizeable kitchens with plenty of free space as the island shouldn’t limit the functionality (and safety) of the rest of the kitchen. Where you have the space, however, the island layout can create a dramatic visual statement and open up a range of possibilities in terms of layout.
We hope this has given you a flavour of what to consider when planning out your dream kitchen but if it all gets too much for you, then just relax and call us at Kitchen Fitters Glasgow on 0141 280 2523 and we can plan everything with you to ensure your dream design is realised.