DIY kitchens designs
You already know that a kitchen renovation can significantly add to the value of your home, but you probably never knew how easy it is to plan, create and enjoy your new space. When you kaboodle your kitchen we can help get you started with our online inspiration hub and contemporary colours for a kitchen design you’ll love.
Designed for your lifestyle
When you’re planning and designing a kitchen you should always keep your lifestyle factors in mind. Consider the number of people in your household, your current kitchen design, room space, existing fittings and fixtures. Your kitchen design should accommodate these factors. If you have a larger sized family, incorporating an island into your design with a breakfast bar is a great solution. If you’re limited on space, a traditional u-shaped design can also work wonders.
The working triangle
In order to have a functional space, you should always keep the working triangle in mind (the distance between your sink, cooktop and fridge). During the cleaning, preparing and cooking stages of creating a meal, it’s likely you’ll be working across different sections of your kitchen. The most effective workspaces allow 1200mm between each of these stations which minimises movement in the kitchen as well as interruptions to the cook. The working triangle is a principle used to design functional, ergonomic kitchens and can be incorporated in a number of kitchen designs and layouts.
Your kitchen layout is highly dependent on the space you have available, and how you use your kitchen. When planning your kitchen there are a number of standard shapes that suit most homes, each with their own advantages.
The U-shaped kitchen is the most common kitchen in New Zealand and suited to larger kitchen spaces. This kitchen design leaves plenty of room to move between the sink, cooktop and fridge and allows for multiple cooks to be in the kitchen at the same time. When designing a U-shaped kitchen, be aware of the corners, and how to utilise that space in the most effective way with wireware for easy storage. This kitchen is the perfect layout for families who spend lots of time in the kitchen.
The L-Shaped kitchen suits open plan living areas, smaller areas and long rooms. An L-shaped kitchen often becomes an extension of the dining or lounge areas. One of the best advantages is that it enables you to move freely in between the various areas within the kitchen, giving you a great benchtop working area and also creates a real sense of space.
L-shape island kitchen
The ideal kitchen for a large open plan house, the L-shape island kitchen, allows for a large work station and ample space. Additional cabinets and benchtop workspaces also make this kitchen family-friendly and an entertainer’s paradise. You can entertain guests around your island bench, as you cook, or just watch the TV in the lounge room from afar.
The straight-line kitchen is ideal for small and narrow kitchen areas, but can also comfortably accommodate larger kitchens. It’s a simple kitchen design, utilising space as efficiently as possible and is often used in apartments. This design is often the most inexpensive in relation to other kitchen layouts, which is a good consideration if keeping prices low is important.
A galley kitchen is a contemporary kitchen design and the choice of many chefs. The Galley design involves having two parallel sets of cabinets and benchtops. It’s a highly functional kitchen design that allows you to reach all areas of the kitchen with minimal walking distance. Like the L-shaped island design, a galley kitchen can be used with an island to open up to adjoining rooms and entertain guests while you prepare your gourmet meal.
Kitchen layouts and contemporary designs
Modern home owners across New Zealand are saving money by designing and building their own DIY kitchens. Take care of the entire process with kaboodle, where you’ll discover everything you need for a complete, stunning room. From kitchen pantry cabinets to benchtops in a variety of colours and materials, this is the ultimate way to cater to your unique interior style.
Enjoy endless choices in kitchen cabinet design; tall, short, wide or skinny? Corner, floor or wall cabinets? Whatever you prefer, you’re in control of the entire design and installation process so turning your favourite kitchen ideas into a reality is easy. Just check out our online assembly library for how-to videos and a checklist of the tools and hardware you need to start cooking up something special in your new kitchen!
Build it with kaboodle
All products are available throughout the Bunnings store network and building yours is simple - even for the novice DIY-er. Simply follow the instructions and get access to some basic hand tools, your next kitchen update will be your best yet.
For the inspiration you need to kick-start your next project, see our online kitchen designs photo gallery and start turning yours into a real vision with our 3D builder tools. The entire finish is yours to make - from the colour scheme to cool kitchen layouts - so start today or contact our team for some assistance.