New year, new kitchen

Thinking about having a new kitchen installed is always exciting, and chances are after a long dreary winter you may be getting a bit fed up with the sight of your old units. If your kitchen in Manchester is showing its age, this is a great time of year to finally do something about it, just in time for spring! No matter what size kitchen you have – tiny, huge or somewhere in between – there’s always a way of maximising the space that is available. Here are a few things to bear in mind when deciding on your perfect kitchen.

Creating more space

Getting rid of freestanding appliances like fridges by installing smaller, under-counter appliances is a great way of providing more worktop area. Installing corner units is another way of maximising space, but make sure you choose carousel fittings where possible, as this will make retrieving items at the back a lot easier!

Sink and appliances

Traditionally, sinks are placed below a window, which is great if that is an option. Ideally, you want as much worktop space either side of the sink, for dishes, and draining. Positioning your washing machine and dishwasher next to the sink is convenient as far as plumbing is concerned.

Size matters

Huge American style fridge-freezers can look fab in a large, spacious kitchen, but not if space is at a premium. If you have a small kitchen and can’t knock down a wall to increase the space, then choose a fridge that is the right size for your kitchen.

Kitchen boiler

If your boiler is in the kitchen, ask your kitchen installer about concealing it within a wall unit and for advice about any ventilation issues. Boilers can be moved to a utility room, for instance, but it can be a costly business.

Cookers and hoods

The centrepiece of many kitchens, this is one decision you want to try and get right from the outset. Your installer should have plenty of options and it’s usually better to go with the well-known brands.

Sockets

Finally, if you’re going to the trouble and expense of having a new kitchen installed at your home n Manchester, make sure you have plenty of sockets – having too many is always better than too few!

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