PLAN YOUR KITCHEN
Choosing a new kitchen can be an exciting experience, especially
if you've got a clear idea of what you want. However if you're
stuck for inspiration have a look through interiors magazines for
ideas, and of course visit your local Gallery retailer. When you're
through the Gallery brochure or website, remember that what's
shown in photography is just one way of styling that particular
range, so don't assume that if it's shown in a large setting then
it won't fit into your house. Any range can be made to work in any
space; all you need is a bit of imagination and a good design.
When planning your new kitchen, we'd recommend that you always use
expert designers, as they will ensure you end up with a kitchen
that works on an aesthetic and functional level. Most Gallery
retailers will offer a design service, and will be happy to give
you advice on the style and layout of your kitchen. However before
you speak to a designer it's worth thinking about the space you've
got and what you need from your kitchen.
Plan of Action
A kitchen must be planned to meet your needs and the various
needs of anyone else who will use it. Utilising the space available
is key to planning a good kitchen and maximising the efficiency of
the size of the room -remember the smallest kitchen can work just
as well as the biggest. After your house, buying your kitchen is
often the second most expensive purchase, so take time to plan
An island focuses the kitchen activities in one area. Decide
whether the island should be used primarily for food preparation, a
decorative storage area or a seating area. Make sure you've got
enough room for an island unit - you should be able to move freely
L Shaped Kitchen
An L-Shape is ideal to build in dining and relaxing areas. It is
practical for families as it can be divided into separate kitchen
and eating areas.
One Wall Galley
As single wall galley kitchens often tend to be fairly small,
try and allow as much work surface as possible, and if the kitchen
will be used for eating, consider a pull-out table. Look at the
range of storage accessories available as these can help make the
even the most compact kitchen.
Two Wall Galley
Always ensure there is room for appliance doors to open fully,
and if the two-wall galley can be accessed at both ends consider
blocking one door to prevent the kitchen becoming a corridor.
U Shaped Kitchen
A U shaped kitchen can offer plenty of storage space, so to make
the most of it include some storage accessories such as drawer
dividers in your design.
The Working Triangle
Whatever the layout of your kitchen, always consider the three
main activity zones - food preparation, cooking and washing up.
Each zone should have the relevant appliances, worktop space and
storage. To maximise efficiency, a work triangle should be
between the three zones. Ideally, the sum of the three sides of
the triangle should be between 3.3 metres and 6.6 metres and, if
possible, uninterrupted by through-traffic.
The next steps
Visit your local Gallery retailer, Romerils Home Interiors in
Dumaresq Street, St Helier with your wish list and ideas. Though
don't worry if you're struggling for ideas as they'll be happy to
offer you advice, and you might find you're inspired by a display
you see in the showroom. It will normally help the retailer when
you visit if you have the measurements of the room, including the
position of services, doors and windows if possible, though these
are not essential as most retailers will be happy to measure up for
The kitchen's the place where everything happens; it's the
beating heart of the home.
At Romerils every kitchen is designed for people who love the
very best in life and whose kitchens are central to their
Whether your taste is traditional, purist or modernist, we have
a wide range of kitchens to choose from.
With Romerils you're not just buying a kitchen, you're buying a
place to laugh, dream, plan, think and, of course, cook.
Taking care to offer the very best service, from knowledgeable
designers, to vetted and supervised local installers. We are
confident we can offer a unique solution to your kitchen dream.
For more Handy Hints on choosing a kitchen click here, Handy Hint One,
Two or Mike Alderman and his team invite you to discover the
endless possibilities by visiting our well-appointed studio.
Alternatively just click the links to visit our partners'
websites for more inspiration.
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cost of refurbishing, ask in store for details.