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Planning Guide

Getting Started

Prior to designing, it is important to determine the functionality of your dream kitchen. Functionality is crucial within any kitchen design, it can be the difference between a good kitchen and a great kitchen.

To determine the functionality that best suits your needs, think about how you use your existing kitchen and what feels comfortable to you, what you like and what you don’t like. We recommend making a list of the features you would like to maintain and what you would like to replace.

Focus on creating three working zones within your kitchen; Storage (fridge/freezer/pantry), Washing (sink/dishwasher), and Cooking (oven/cooktop).

For practicality, position these zones into what is called a ‘Working Triangle’. A good working triangle will help you move quickly and easily from task to task within your kitchen.

Below we have provided four common layouts that be can be used for any kitchen design, all of which include three identifiable working zones.

Feel free to contact our team to determine which layout best suits your needs or you can check out our gallery for inspiration by visiting:

What Cabinet do I Need?

So you’re ready to order your DIY flat packs but need a little bit of clarification on which cabinetry you need? Look no further, here we give you an idea of different areas of your house, and what types of cabinets you may need to help complete your project.


Base Cabinet Units are generally the foundation of your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, wardrobe, office or even garage. They are cupboards that are placed under a bench top, or stacked in combination with other cabinets (such as tall cabinets) or used on their own to create unique cabinetry that fits your requirements.

Base cabinets come in a range of variants including units with doors, drawers, open shelving or even units that accommodate ovens and wine racks.


Upper Cabinet Units (also known as Wall or Overhead Cabinets) are perfect for getting the most storage space into your project area whether it be for your kitchen, garage or even office. These cabinets are typically affixed on the wall above your bench, and come in a variety of single & double door units, open shelving units as well as cabinets to accommodate range hoods.


Tall or Pantry Cabinet Units are normally used as to cover larger areas of your kitchen, garage, laundry or wardrobe and are perfect for storing appliances and more. We have a range of Tall & Pantry Cabinets to suit your needs, including units with doors, inner drawers, open shelving or wall oven units.


Applied Panels are, by definition, panels which are applied to the side of cabinets to which are on the end of a run of cabinets. They are typically made from the material which is the same colour as your doors and create a finished look by covering exposed cabinet carcase panels.

Applied panels can also be used in between cabinetry – for example: the Tall Cabinet (number 3) in the picture has an applied panel on both of its sides to complete the unit. Without this applied panel, the inside of the cabinet underneath the Upper Cabinet would be exposed. If your cabinets are all the same depth and height, and you do not need to create a space in between them, then you will not need to place an applied panel in between cabinets.


Kickboards are used to cover the exposed adjustable legs along the bottom of the base cabinets. Kickboard creates a clean finished look to your cabinetry.

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