5 Tips for Installing your own Flat-Pack Kitchen
Installing your own flat-pack kitchen allows you to fully customize your options. Each piece will need to be put in place separately as they are fitted together like a big puzzle. The pieces that are included in the kitchen are part of a kit that is sent to you from the manufacturer. If you have ordered all the pieces of a new flat-pack kitchen, then follow a few tips for proper placement and assembly.
This area of a flat-pack kitchen will include the refrigerator and pantry. You should try to set the pantry or a cabinet next to the refrigerator. However, this is not always possible. The benefit of having the two close together is convenience when putting food away and obtaining needed ingredients. The ingredients in the food storage area need to be easy to move to and from the preparation area.
The cooking area of a flat-pack kitchen includes the stove or oven. This appliance will need to be close to the sink to dump pots or fill them with water. You will also need to have a staging area next to ovens and stoves for any hot dishes and pots. The microwave should also be located directly above stove tops for easy access. Make sure the microwave is no higher than eye-level.
One of the most used areas of a kitchen is the serving area. This area will need to be located next to the cook top or stove top on the opposite side of the sink for ease of use. You may also add storage to keep all your plates, serving dishes, and cutlery. The serving area should be easily accessible to the cook and people who are preparing their meal.
The cleaning area of a flat-pack kitchen is the location of the dishwasher and sink. The dishwasher can be separate from the location of the sink, if needed. You can also incorporate the cleaning area with the preparation area or have a completely separate area. However, you need to make sure the flow between each area work without any issues.
A flat-pack kitchen may require additional work areas, a prep area, and even a baking area. You need to create any additional areas that are required to meet all your needs. The goal for other areas that are added to the kitchen is function. However, there areas should not interfere with the main areas included in the kitchen design. Extra areas of the kitchen will need to share common elements, such as counters and appliances.
Installing a new flat-pack kitchen can often be done over a long weekend. One full day will be required to remove items from your old kitchen. The pieces for the new kitchen will take one to two days if your kitchen area does not need other updates, such as new paint and flooring. Tools needed to complete this project will include a power drill, a level, and a pencil.
Anthony is in the process of renovating his home in QLD, Australia. He recently installed his own flat pack kitchen and wanted to share his tips. He is planning on adding some Stainless Steel splashbacks to complete his kitchen make-over.