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Kitchen Fitting Guide – The Billy Basics

Welcome to the wonderful world of kitchen fitting! What have you let yourself in for?! Whether you’re looking to update your existing kitchen or create a brand new one, it’s always a good idea to have a half-decent guide to help you along the way. In our basic guide you’ll get some key points to keep in mind when planning out how to fit your new kitchen:

  1. Standard Kitchen Measurements: Before you start purchasing any kitchen cabinets or appliances, it’s important to have a good idea of the standard kitchen measurements. The standard height of base units – from the floor to the worksurface – is 910mm. That breaks out into 150mm for plinths, 720mm for base units and 40mm for worktops. Base units are usually 600mm deep and have widths that are multiples of 100mm or 150mm. Wall-mounted units are usually 30cm deep – but you can get some that are 600mm deep, such as larder units that run from the floor to the top of your wall units.
  2. Choosing Your Kitchen Cabinets: Once you have an idea of the standard measurements, you can begin to work out how your new kitchen will slot together. There are many different types of cabinets available, from pull-out tower units to fridge-freezer tower units to simple base and wall units. Make sure to measure the space in your kitchen and make a few rough plans of how the kitchen could work before you purchase your cabinets. Remember the old saying, “measure twice, cut once” – well the same goes for buying kitchen base and wall cabinets!
  3. Wall Fixings: Before you start hanging your kitchen cabinets, it’s important to have the appropriate wall fixings. Use 15 mm screws and a spirit level to mark a horizontal guideline on your wall, where the top of the units will go. Remember to line the cabinets up with any existing appliances so you don’t have any odd-looking lines.
  4. Kitchen Cost: You#ve always got to bear in mind how much the kitchen fitting is going to cost. It’s estimated the average price of a new kitchen installation in the UK is somewhere in the region of around £5,000 to £6,000. However, at the lower end of the spectrum, you can purchase and install a new kitchen for around £1,200. Of course, if this is way out of your budget you might want to just replace your kitchen doors – and if that’s what you’re after then check out our range here.
  5. Timeframe: Typically, it takes around 2 weeks to fit a kitchen although it can be a lot quicker if you’ve got everything in place and you’ve got the right people on the job!
  6. DIY or Professional: Perhaps most importantly, you’ll need to decide whether to do the fitting yourself or hire a professional. If you’re confident in your DIY skills, you may be able to save some money by doing the work yourself. However, keep in mind that kitchen fitting can be a complicated process and it’s important to ensure everything is done correctly. Alternatively, you can hire a professional to take care of the entire project for you.

Here’s our video on measuring your kitchen doors in your existing kitchen. Following this guide will really help you to think about what you’ve already got to work with and hopefully you’ll see a new kitchen isn’t always the right option:

At the end of the day, planning a kitchen fitting project can seem daunting at first, but with a little bit of research and preparation, you can create the kitchen of your dreams. Keep these key points in mind and you’ll be well on your way to a successful kitchen fitting project.

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