Before ordering your flatpack kitchen it’s important that you choose your appliances first so you know the exact dimensions that need to be accommodated. Also think about the space and what it requires, such as a right-or left-hinge fridge. “Ask friends’ opinions and do some research online (Nationalproductreview.com) to help make your decision easier,” says Sofie Formica, from National Product Review.
Now it’s time to design a kitchen layout that suits your space and needs, which includes drawing up a detailed plan. Many suppliers have online tools you can use. “Online planners help you visualise what your kitchen could look like in different configurations, colours and styles. You can select every last detail so you know what to expect when the real thing comes to life,” says Lisa Mayski, marketing manager for Kaboodle Kitchen.
The next step is to make sure your old kitchen is removed and any damage repaired, such as rough walls and uneven floors. Walls must be structurally sound and sturdy enough to take the weight of filled cabinets, and if you have stud walls, you’ll need to mark where the studs are so you can screw components to them. Call in a plumber and electrician to complete any preparatory work.
Accuracy is key to creating a seamless flatpack kitchen. Use a spirit level or laser level, tape measure and pencil to mark a horizontal line on the wall where the top of the base cabinets and base of the overhead cabinets will sit. The recommended distance between the floor and the top of the benchtop is 90cm (give or take 2cm), and between the benchtop and overhead cabinets is a minimum of 60 to 65cm.
Unpack and assemble your first module. Start with an overhead corner or end cabinet then work your way across, taking time to ensure all edges are flush and square. Continue the process with your base cabinets. Once all cabinets are secure, install your benchtop then fit the doors, drawers, handles and kickboards. Finally, get a professional to complete any additional plumbing and electrical connections.
DON’T ASSUME YOUR WALLS AND FLOORS ARE SQUARE-TAKE CAREFUL MEASUREMENTS AND BE PREPARED TO MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS
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