Before your begin…

Buying a new kitchen is a long term investment. Once installed you will probably expect it to last you at least 10 years if not more. You can buy a kitchen at every price level and accordingly there will be differences in quality, style, choice and design possibilities. As a result I cannot stress enough the importance of setting your budget. It is best to do some research by looking online or visiting a few kitchen showrooms to get a feel for the costs and don’t forget to have a separate budget for the appliances. Once you have identified the kitchen suppliers who can best suit your budget and design preferences then follow our top tips to reaching your dream kitchen:

Top tips for kitchen planning

After some initial research set your budgets, one for your kitchen units, one for worktops and one for appliances.

Research kitchen suppliers to suit your budget and style preferences.

Choose a style of kitchen that won’t date quickly and steer clear of fashion colours that will be out of favour in a year or two.

Don’t choose your kitchen based on just a door style. Be sure to look at the quality points. Hinges, drawer runners and construction of the cabinets are all important items to consider if you want it to last any length of time.

Appliances play a huge part in the kitchen design. Typically 30% of the kitchen budget will be spent on these. Have a list of selected appliances ready to go by the time you sit down with a kitchen designer to arrange your space.

Put together a brief on your ideal kitchen for discussion with your kitchen designer. A good kitchen design is never achieved in a quick meeting. The kitchen is a technically complicated project. If the designer fully understands your needs then there is a much better chance that the design they propose will answer them. Ultimately though design revisions will be necessary to get the final details correct.

Delivery time on a kitchen can take anything from 6 to 12 weeks. While Installation and fitting can take anything from 2 days to 2 weeks. It all depends on the size and complexity of the design as well as the production schedule of the makers and works by other trades such as plumbers, decorators, tilers etc. So be sure to plan for these elements too.

If you would like to talk to LOMI about your new kitchen please get in touch for a free consultation at our showroom. Phone us on 01 8397001 or email