Planning Guide


Planning your new kitchen can be done yourself, follow our simple 4 step plan to help you get the kitchen you have always wanted, easily, quickly with little fuss.



The first task is to measure your kitchen walls, doors and windows, this is not hard to do, but it is very important that you get the measurements right as these will be the basis for your kitchen plans.  Always measure twice, take care and time to feel confident your measurements are correct.  Download our grid paper to help layout the dimensions of your kitchen.

We suggest this method to tackle your kitchen

If you feel at all daunted by the prospect, utilise our FREE designers who are happy do the measuring and designing work for you.  Drop us a line at or call on 01273 774999 to arrange your FREE visit.




  1. Opening both sets of doors at the same time between opposite rows of cabinets you  needs to have at least 120cm.
  2. When preparing food a distance between hob and sink would require 80cm.
  3. When using the hob a distance of 50cm either side of the hob for hot pans and pot stands.
  4. For Cooker Hoods/Extractor Fans make sure it’s fitted to the manufacturers recommendations.  Usual minimum heights are 650mm for electric hobs and 750mm for gas hobs.
  5. Watch for wall cabinet heights, make sure you don’t block your view over the worktop.


  1. Keep what you need at your fingertips when using your Hob and Oven, have a drawer for their use.
  2. Put you Hob and Oven in separate locations in your kitchen to make cooking more efficient, especially if more than one chef is in the kitchen.  In addition an elevated oven means you don’t need to bend down.
  3. Placing your dishwasher close to the sink and draining board make unloading and loading your dishwasher easier to get rid of waste water and avoid spills on the floor.
  4. Get an efficient pantry using extendable drawers and pull-out pantry.  This will allow you to get an overview of what’s inside and you can reach in and get what you need.
  5. To allow you to open your doors fully add a 5cm filler piece between the cabinet and the wall.  This is very important if you have pull outs, wire baskets and the wall is not perfectly straight that the doors open fully.
  6. For any overhangs of worktop extending from a cabinet of less than 25cm then no extra support is required.
  7. For kitchen islands make sure you fasten the cabinets with supporting brackets to both the floor and the cabinets.


  1. If you are having your sink by the window, if your windows open inwards make sure they clear your taps.
  2. Try not to place your sink by a wall or at the end of a row of cabinets as this can limit your work space and disrupts your workflow.
  3. Try not to place an oven by the wall as this limits your available work space and disrupts your workflow.  In addition the heat and cooking stains will put your walls at risk of damage.
  4. If you place an appliance in a corner of a kitchen make sure  you have enough clearance for doors and drawers to open fully.

This is where you get creative and plan your kitchen with exactly what you have always been after.  Add the ideas and dreams you have always waited for and wanted in your new kitchen.  There are though a lot of things to think about, where to put the cooker, over, hob or fridge and freezer.   Do I want cupboards or drawers, then how many drawers?

So let your dreams take shape, using the workplace triangle is a great way to know where to locate the fridge, cooker and work surfaces.  If you are in anyway concerned or want any advice let us know and we can certainly help you.

But using these simple rules for your kitchen design we be a good stating point.  Firstly think about how you use your kitchen and what feels comfortable about your existing kitchen.  Think about what you like about your existing kitchen and what you would like to change.

Most kitchens work best when you divide them into work areas, so a storage area like the fridge, freezer, pantry, the washing area so sink / dishwasher and cooking (oven and hob).  These three work areas give your kitchen a structure to utilise and positioning them offer the working triangle which helps you move quickly and easily from task to task in your new kitchen.

Your ultimate goal is a kitchen that works for you.  You need to design your kitchen to fit your home and your lifestyle.  If you feel you need help let us know and our designers will assist you in anyway they can.


Use our free online planning tool to easily design your kitchen.  Select you room shape, add the cabinets and appliances.


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Now that you are happy with your design and planned your kitchen as you would like to see it.  Order online using our easy to use website or by all means contact us with your requirements and we will be able to quote this for you and work with you to place the order to your exact requirements.

Delivery is at a time that will suit you, to a destination of your choice on the UK mainland (call for areas outside of the this) and is free for orders over £1000.

1. Remember cabinets, drawers and fronts
2. Door styles and handles if required
3. Worktops – Granite, Quartz, Wood or Laminate
4. Sinks
5. Taps
6. Oven – inbuilt or free standing
7. Microwave Oven – inbuilt or freestanding
8. Hob
9. Extractor Hood
10 Fridge/freezer or separate appliances
11. Dishwasher
12. Washing machine
13. Integrated or free standing appliances


Rigid Kitchens are easy to install by any competent DIY’er or an experienced kitchen fitter.  We do recommend an experienced kitchen fitter to give you a great finish for your kitchen.  All cabinets are supplied ready built with doors fitted ready for installation.   We are also on hand if you need us to answer any questions.