You have two main options when designing a new kitchen – you can use free online software or engage an experienced designer. Each of these approaches has its strengths and could deliver you the results you’re after. You also need to consider some limitations as, depending on your situation, one approach may be more suitable.
Here we’ll take a closer look at each of these options and try to help you decide which to use.
The pros and cons of using an online kitchen planner
The biggest benefit of free design software is how convenient it can be to use. It allows you to start planning your new kitchen whenever and wherever best suits you. All you need is an internet connection and an idea of what you want your new kitchen to look like.
Some people also like that an online planner gives you total control over your new kitchen design. However, we believe that this is a bit of a double-edged sword. If you know exactly what you want, being able to put together your own design may be a good option. But if you don’t have a clear picture of your preferred design, it can be tough to go it alone.
And while most online design software is fairly easy to use, a reasonable level of computer literacy is usually required. To get the most from these tools, you will also need to have some understanding of kitchen design basics. It might seem easy, but it’s also easy make many of the common kitchen design mistakes we are often asked to fix.
In addition, not everyone will have the technical skills required to do their own designing.
How an experienced kitchen designer compares
By comparison, when you engage the services of a kitchen design expert, they will do all the technical components for you. The best designers will have their own design software that they use, often with 3D visualisation functionality. This means that, in addition to doing all the drawings for you, they will be able to show you exactly what the space will look like.
A good designer will also bring a clear focus on how a design will function, not just how it looks. As part of this, they may be able to suggest slight tweaks to improve the usability of the space. They should also be able to come up with creative ways to maximise storage and minimise clutter.
Even if you know exactly what you want your new kitchen to look like, an experienced designer can still help. They will work with you to further refine your design, making sure it’s truly tailored to your needs. They may also be able to suggest more cost-effective alternatives, allowing you to get the look you want for less.
Best of all, some kitchen companies – like Kitchen Shack – offer free in-store design consultations as part of their standard service. This means you can have your new kitchen professionally designed for no additional cost. They even arrange a check measure if you decide to go ahead so you can be sure your kitchen will be perfect!
Want to discuss this further?
If you’ve been thinking about updating your kitchen, but need some help putting together your design, Kitchen Shack can help. Our team of kitchen design experts can work with you to tailor a plan to suit your requirements. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary in-store kitchen design consultation and quote.