If you want to fit a new kitchen, the choice you have to make is to either hire reputable local kitchen fitters, or take the plunge and attempt to do it yourself. Choosing the latter could seem daunting and much will depend on the work involved, the size, and style. However if you do fancy rolling up your sleeves and stepping out of your comfort zone, then here’s a summary of the basic steps to follow:
Step 1: Select an Efficient Design
Before any work can start in your kitchen, choose an efficient design for your kitchen. Go through as many kitchen plans as possible and zero in on what meets your needs and preference.
The design will depend on the space available, the shape, the appliances to use, location of sinks, and lighting. Some of the popular kitchen layouts include the gallery kitchen, U-shaped, L-shaped, and G-shaped designs.
Step 2: Preparation
Fitting your kitchen will be easy if you take the time to prepare. Start by removing the old units, disconnecting power and gas supply, leveling the floor, plastering the walls, and applying the first coat of paint on the walls.
At this point, you can hire professional kitchen fitters as well such as electric & gas technicians or plumbers to handle more complex tasks. You can also watch videos and visit blogs related to this topic for kitchen fitting tips.
Also, assemble the equipment, materials, and tools you’ll require for the job. Some of the tools you need include claw/lump hammer, battery drill, masonry drill bits, spirit level, electricians screwdriver, pipe/power detector, bolster chisel, side cutters, pliers, saw, pump pliers, jigsaw, tape measure, sealant gun, marker pens, square, etc.
Identify where you’ll place base units and appliances after choosing the ideal layout.
Step 3: Assemble the Units
Start with the wall cabinets following your plan. Then work on the base and high cabinets and finally, the drawers.
Step 4: Installing the Cabinets
After assembling the units, install them in respective areas. Finalize the process by fastening the doors, door fronts, kickboards and plinths. Ensure all the units are perfectly level with each other to guarantee the worktops join as intended and the counters sit flat.
Step 5: Installing the Worktops
It’s now time to fit the worktops. The laminate versions are easy to install; they also come with strips to cover the edges. If you’re planning to install, stone, timber or composite worktops, it’s advisable to seek the input of professional installers. Start by measuring the lengths, marking corner seams, cutting a hole for the sink, and sealing the edges.
Step 6: Installation of Wall Tiles and Kitchen Splashbacks
At this point, you’ve already handled most of the demanding tasks; you’re left with the cosmetics. Fit the wall tiles and splashbacks.
Step 7: Fitting the Sink
Before installing the sink, fit the taps and apply a bead of sealant under the edge of the sink. Position the sink in its rightful place and tighten the clips to secure it. Remove the excess sealant from the sides of the sink.
Step 8: Final Painting
When everything is in place, apply the final coat of paint on the walls. Use specialized kitchen paints.
Finally, arrange the appliances in the right position. And now you have your new kitchen. On average, the cost of fitting a kitchen ranges from £5,000 to £6,000. If you do the job, you can save upwards of £3,000.
A majority of DIYers can fit their kitchen without any significant challenges, but if you lack the skills, consider bringing in a reputable kitchen fitting specialist.