How to design a kitchen

Leanne
View the video

How to design a kitchen

View the video
×

Project Overview

The kitchen is the heart and soul of your home. It’s not just where you cook food but where people gather to socialise. Renovating your kitchen is a long-term investment, so when it comes time to do it, there are a number of things you need to think about.

Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 The size of your kitchen
2 Plan your kitchen activities
3 Use existing services
4 Your budget
5 The working triangle
6 Use samples
7 Maximise storage
8 Plan online
  • Step 1. The size of your kitchen

    To be able to properly plan the design of your kitchen, you need to know how big a space you’re working with. This will allow you to determine how many cupboards, drawers, shelves and appliances you’ll be able to incorporate into your new kitchen.

  • Step 2. Plan your kitchen activities

    Working out who will use the kitchen and what for will help you plan its design. Things to consider include:

    • What other activities is the kitchen used for, such as kids doing the homework or for laundry.
    • How often do you cook?
    • How many people use the kitchen or sit in at once?
    • Do you entertain and need a lot of bench space near the cooktop?
  • Step 3. Use existing services

    When planning your new kitchen consider where the gas outlet, power points and water and waste pipes are. It’s easier and less expensive to use these rather than have new ones installed.

  • Step 4. Your budget

    It’s important to work out your budget. This will help you decide how much you can spend on each new component of your kitchen, from the cupboards to the drawers and oven. It can be as simple as updating your benchtop, changing cupboard handles or updating appliances. It doesn’t have to be a full renovation.

  • Step 5. The working triangle

    When designing your kitchen, take into account the very important ‘kitchen triangle.’ In an ideal kitchen, you should be able to draw a triangle between these three work centres - the kitchen sink, the fridge and the stove. Ideally, these should be at least 1200mm away from each other. Depending on whether you have a gas or electric stove, there are regulations about what the distances should be.

  • Step 6. Use samples

    When it comes to choosing everything from your benchtops, tiles and splashbacks, try before you buy. Use samples from Bunnings to mix and match and make sure you’re happy with the combination of colours and textures for your new kitchen. You might want to go for a neutral base and introduce bold colours with your splashbacks and appliances.

  • Step 7. Maximise storage

    Make the most of the storage options in your kitchen, you can’t have too much of it. Consider cupboards, wall cabinets, open shelves and deep drawers to store all of your food and kitchen appliances. Drawers are a great storage solution because you can pull them right out to easily access what’s at the back.

  • Step 8. Plan online

    Once you’ve got the measurements for your kitchen, go online and use the Bunnings 3D kitchen planner. It will help your dream kitchen become a reality. The easy to use 3D planner lets you plan the perfect layout, find inspiration and mix match cabinets and benchtops. 
Contemporary ensuite after 01:00

Ideas & Makeovers D.I.Y. contemporary ensuite Create a contemporary ensuite by transforming a tired, old bathroom into a place where you’ll instantly feel relaxed.

Modern bathroom remodel 01:03

Ideas & Makeovers D.I.Y. modern bathroom remodel Learn just how easy is to transform and remodel a tired bathroom into a modern and stylish bathroom.

bathroom lighting

Planning & Projects How to light your bathroom Lighting a bathroom can be a challenge – they are especially prone to shadows and reflective surfaces. But the good news is there’s a vibrant range to choose from, including pendants, downlights, diffuse ceiling lights, sconces, under-cabinet lighti...

bath with timber bath caddy 04:10

Planning & Projects D.I.Y. timber bath caddy A nice warm bath is a great way to relax and unwind at the end of the day. This timber bath tray is the perfect addition to any bathroom, giving you a place to put everything you could need within arm’s reach.

how to make diy wooden towel ladder 02:50

Planning & Projects How to make a wooden towel ladder This stylish wooden towel ladder will add a touch of class to your home. It’s easy to make and is the perfect way to display rugs, scarves, throws or hang towels to dry. It’s ideal to move from room to room, wherever you need hanging space.

tile niche 04:50

Bathroom Tiles How to install a bathroom tile niche Learn how to install a tile niche and make your bathroom clutter free.

shower head

Baths Showers & Toilets How to select the right shower head There is a wide range of shower heads to choose from, this guide from Bunnings Warehouse will help you select the right shower head for your bathroom.

hydrangea

Planting & Growing How to create an allergy-friendly garden If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies, then being out in the garden can, at times, be less than enjoyable. But there are some steps you can take to create an allergy-friendly garden so you can spend more time gardening and less time sneezi...

pallet coffee table

Outdoor Living Five D.I.Y. ideas to update your outdoors Autumn is a great time of the year to tick off a few D.I.Y. projects from your to-do list. Here are a few good ideas to get you started.

pot

Planters How to choose the right plant pot Pots are a great way to add colour, interest or texture to your outdoor space. Tuscan Path’s Elaine Foster shares her top tips on how to choose the perfect pot.

sunflower

Planting & Growing How to plant and care for sunflowers Sunflowers are a great way to add colour to your garden, and they’re easy to grow and care for. Bunnings Greenlife buyer Katie explains the basics of how to grow sunflowers and shares some tips on how to care for them.

orchid

Planting & Growing How to care for orchids Orchids are a low-maintenance flower that can be grown indoors or outside in a protected location. And, with a little care, they will provide you with lots of colour.

paint

Guides & Projects How to upcycle almost anything with paint Rather than throwing out old household items, you can restore them with paint. It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to give anything from furniture to fences a new lease on life. Learn how to paint and prepare different surfaces to get the finish y...

DIY balcony and courtyard garden

Planters D.I.Y. balcony and courtyard garden Even if your outdoor space is limited to a balcony or courtyard, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having a garden. The team at Tuscan Path, who have been supplying pots to the Australian marketplace for over 40 years, share some ideas on how ...

 kitchen benchtop materials

Benchtops & Cabinets A guide to kitchen benchtop materials The perfect benchtop will add style to any kitchen. It’ll also see the most action, so choosing the right benchtop for your kitchen – and budget – is an important decision explains Bunnings Kitchen Designer Ben Carey.

Top of the content