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DIY – 10 Kitchen Tips



1. Choose the right wall for your dishwasher
If the connecting and waste pipes aren’t already installed in your kitchen, it’s worth bearing in mind that most new dishwashers only need a cold water supply. It’s also best to place the dishwasher against an exterio wall in your kitchen so that you don’t have to run a waste pipe along an inside wall.

2. Choose the right kitchen paint
When painting your new kitchen, be sure to choose emulsion paint. The best type for kitchens is vinyl silk, which is the most durable option, and is suitable for areas that experience a lot of condensation such as kitchens and bathrooms.

3. Take careful measurements for your kitchen worktop
When measuring a worktop for a DIY kitchen project, be sure to include a substantial overhang. This will cover any measurement discrepancies when fitting it to your kitchen base units, and you can always trim it back where it joins the kitchen wall.

4. Put your kitchen island in the right place
Kitchen DIY and planning should always focus on usability. If you’re installing an appliance in your kitchen island, be sure that its location is in easy reach of your other main appliances and sink, completing your kitchen work triangle. Alternatively, opt for a free-standing kitchen island

5. Use the correct kitchen tile adhesive
When fitting kitchen tiles around a sink or as a splashback, be sure to use a waterproof tiling adhesive that’s suitable for kitchens and bathrooms.

6. Go for hardwoods when you choose your kitchen floor
A pine floor is a nice homely touch for a country kitchen, but softwoods are not particularly resilient. A hardwood like Ash or Beech is a better choice for your kitchen floor. If you can’t afford real wood, go for engineered wood boards, as they can be sanded and re-varnished.

7. Take care when you’re plumbing in your kitchen sink
When plumbing in your new kitchen sink, make sure you remember to turn off the main water supply first! Then, turn on the kitchen taps until all the water has run out of the pipes. Simple.

8. Take time for some DIY kitchen planning
When you’re figuring out the layout of your kitchen cabinets, make sure you note the location of any existing power and plumbing points, gas supply, or air vents. Experiment with different kitchen layouts with the IKEA free Kitchen Planner

9. Buy the correct fixings for your kitchen cupboards
When fitting the kitchen cupboards into your newly redesigned space, be sure to check what your kitchen walls are made of, and then choose the appropriate fixings.

10. Choose your kitchen lighting carefully
Kitchen lighting can really make a difference, so make sure all the points of your work triangle are well-lit. We recommend actual installation of kitchen lighting should be fitted by a skilled electrician.

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