The planning stage is largely up to you, and the time involved will vary depending on the size and shape of your kitchen, the extent of the changes you want to make, and how decisive you are.
If you have a simple kitchen layout and are just replacing your existing units, then it shouldn’t take you too long; it’s just a case of browsing units, visiting some showrooms and selecting the right one for you.
However if you’re looking to change the layout of your kitchen or add new features, it may take longer to spec out what you need.
It’s also advisable to research fitters at this time, so you don’t find yourself rushing to find a high quality contractor further down the line.
If you’re uncertain, you may want to consult a professional to help you design your new kitchen and suggest fitting options.
Once you’ve chosen and ordered your new kitchen, you’ll need to allow time for it to be delivered. Most standard kitchens can be delivered in 2-4 weeks, however if you’ve requested a more bespoke solution, this may take longer.
Either way, your kitchen supplier will be able to confirm the delivery timeframe when you order so you can book your kitchen fitters.
The first job is to remove your old kitchen; if you’re simply ripping out the old fittings and flooring then this should only take your contractor a few hours, and will be undertaken as part of the fitting job.
However if you have extra work that needs doing before starting to fit your kitchen, such as knocking down walls, this will add time onto the job.
The first fix entails bringing in an electrician and plumber to check existing systems/wiring and install any necessary new fittings based on where your sink and appliances are going to be positioned. If you haven’t made any huge changes then this process should only take 2-3 days.
Now all the groundwork is complete, your kitchen should take shape quite quickly! The cabinets and worktops will be fitted first, followed by the sink and hob. The majority of the kitchen should be completed in 3-5 days, depending on its size; it will of course take less time to fit a small kitchen.
If you’ve chosen solid worktops such as granite or Corian, these will have to be templated to ensure they fit perfectly. Templating and fitting your countertops will take around 10 days.
Templating has to happen on site after all units have been installed to achieve complete accuracy, so this will lengthen the time needed to fit your kitchen. However you can ask your installer to provide some makeshift countertops while yours are being prepared.
Once all your kitchen units and countertops have been installed, all that is left is to fit your flooring, and take care of all the little details like plinthing, skirting boards, splashbacks and any extra redecorating.
Depending on the scope of your extra changes, these final elements should only take a couple of days. If you’re also redecorating your kitchen, painting can be done yourself in a day or 2; if you’re installing tiles, this will need to be quoted separately by a tiler.
What could extend my fitting time?
Certain changes will inevitably increase the length of time needed to fit your kitchen, so you should bear these in mind from the outset if time is a priority.
If all your electrical outlets are staying in the same place, you won’t need much work done beyond a simple check and rewire of the existing outlets. But if you need to move appliances around an electrician will have to change your whole electrical system, which will take more time and money.
As mentioned, if you choose solid worktops these will have to be templated for cutting on site, which will mean you’re waiting longer after your units are fitted for your worktops to be ready.
If you opt for a heavy material like granite, you’ll also have to ensure the units can bear their weight over time. You’ll likely need a specialist installer to assess what is required and install the extra support.
Straight worktops are straightforward to install, but you may encounter additional complications if the worktop has to run around the sink and hob, or has an unusual feature like curves or corners. This may be unavoidable, but you will need to factor it into the fitting time.
Get started with your kitchen planning by browsing our ranges, then find a retailer to get specialist advice on your kitchen fitting.