The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the first place you come together in the mornings, where you talk about the day’s events as you prepare food, and experiment with food. It’s so important to have a kitchen that’s functional and a place you want to spend a lot of time. Outdated furnishings, broken door hinges, and chipped worktops certainly don’t inspire that. Fortunately, kitchen design tools make it easy to plan your kitchen’s much-needed revamp.
With today’s technology, you have an entire world of color schemes, architecture and building at your fingertips. With kitchen design tools, you can choose every little detail about your kitchen, from cabinet sizes and the height of the ceiling to the backsplash tiles and the shade of each wall. Today, we’ll explore some of the best tools and the benefits of using them.
What is a kitchen design tool?
A kitchen design tool is the perfect starting point, especially if you’re planning on hiring a custom kitchen builder, architect, or cabinet maker. The process is often easier if you take your plans to your team so that they have something to work with.
If you are confident in your interior designing abilities and you’re planning to build your own kitchen, plans are necessary.
With today’s kitchen remodel software, you can visualize your kitchen in 3D, adding pieces of furniture, editing cabinet sizes, and getting a general idea of what your kitchen can look like.
Can I design a kitchen online?
Yes – though if you’re looking for a web-based browser where you can enter your dimensions and drag-and-drop kitchen units into them, you’ll struggle to find anything really worth your time. The only thing that comes close is IKEA’s design software, which limits you to their designs.
Why use a kitchen design tool?
Not too long ago, the process of designing a kitchen from scratch required the help of architects and designers, who drew pencil sketches to figure out the layout. Today, there are far more options and it’s so much easier to visualize what your kitchen will look like. Some will generate very basic ideas of what the layout or coloring would look like in your space, while others – like ours – will allow you to generate hundreds of options and figure out every last detail of your dream kitchen.
Is using a kitchen design tool easy?
That really depends on the tool you’re using. Some are easy to use, some are professional tools that require a steep learning curve to use accurately. Because every kitchen is so different, both in dimensions and in the needs of the user, there aren’t many simple drag-and-drop builders. It wouldn’t be worth your time doing that if you built a kitchen using their default units, only to realize that the cabinets you have your heart set on are bigger or smaller.
With Skipp, we come to take accurate measurements of your kitchen so the examples we generate are exact. Then we generate hundreds of options for you, and you can pick every last detail. It takes the best of kitchen design tools and marries it with our expertise – the best of both worlds.
What are the benefits of using a kitchen design tool?
- You can get a birds-eye view of the kitchen layout. When we think about rearranging the living room, we’ll often move the couch “just to see what it looks like”. If it opens up the space, we keep it, and if looks worse, we move it back. That’s simply not possible in a kitchen renovation!
- It gives you something you can hand to the professionals you work with. Kitchens aren’t something we can typically do ourselves – we’re always going to need at least one expert to come in and do some element of the tiling, cabinetry, or more. Using a kitchen design tool can give you something to hand professionals to show what you’re aiming for.
- You can test color combinations. In some kitchen design tools, you can add color to your cabinets. Even just seeing two colors on a grander scale will let you see whether you really want to embrace the two-tone trend (or not!) and which colors to use.
- It often saves you time and money. By using a kitchen design tool, you can cut down time going back and forth with a designer. Or, if you want to work with a designer, it can give you something to take to them to show them your ideas. This can save you time and money as you make fewer mistakes and get to your final design faster.
- You can sit with your design for a while. If you’re planning a radical transformation, you may want to have your design in mind for a few days as you live with your kitchen to imagine what it would be like to use. Can you really live with less storage space? Would you like your appliances to be built in? Do you want to have smarter storage solutions when you were originally thinking of simply revamping your current layout? These are all things you can consider once you’ve got a design that works for your kitchen’s measurements.
What are the best apps to design a kitchen with?
- Houzz allows you to Browse over 20 million high-resolution photos of home interiors and exteriors. You can choose by style, location or room, so if you want to branch out to other rooms, you have that option! Houzz has a Sketch feature that allows you to annotate and draw directly on the photos from the app. Houzz even has a feedback feature in which you can ask other app users for their advice and design ideas.
- Kitchen Planner 3D is currently in Early Access as we write, but it looks promising as a basic kitchen design app. It looks a little bit like you’ve designed a kitchen in The Sims circa 1999, but with future updates that’s sure to become more up-to-date.
- 3D Kitchen Design for IKEA isn’t actually from IKEA themselves, but works similarly to IKEA’s kitchen design software (see below). It’s fairly basic, so it’s only going to be worth your time if you want to see what your color schemes and cabinet layouts may look like.
What is the best free kitchen design software?
- IKEA Kitchen Planner is another well-received app that allows you to drag-and-drop their units. While you can’t see the dimensions of the units easily, you can look them up and use them as inspiration for the fittings in your kitchen. Of course, if you’re planning to get a budget IKEA kitchen, then it will work well for you.
- Room Sketcher Kitchen Planner is perhaps one of the best ways to get the kind of mock-up you’re envisioning. You can start for free, work with very basic outlines, or build it out in more detail. Be aware, however, that you have to pay to upgrade very quickly. 2D floor plans aren’t included in the free, and you’ve got to upgrade to Pro ($99 per year) to even use measurements.
- Kitchen Planner is another free software that’s relatively easy to get to grips with. The 3D mock-ups aren’t super high quality, but for a free software, they’re pretty good!
Of course, if the idea of using apps and software to design your kitchen yourself sounds like a huge headache, why not let us do the heavy lifting? We can do a 3D scan of your kitchen for the perfect measurements, generate hundreds of layout options for you, and we’re happy to work with DIYers as well as those who want to continue using our approved partners (and save 40% on the overall cost of their kitchen!). Find out more about our simple 4-step process here.
How can I design my own kitchen cabinets?
Some kitchen design apps, including some of those mentioned above, allow you to choose the color, style and materials used in your cabinets. If you want to design them from scratch, as in the measurements, bevels, and finishes, then you’ll need to talk to professional kitchen designers who can help you, or a carpenter if you want a natural wood effect.
How do you design a kitchen layout?
There are a number of points you should think about when you design a kitchen layout:
- Do you want to make any substantial changes to the kitchen layout? If not, then you’ll have a much easier time rearranging cabinets and putting in better storage solutions. If not, take accurate (!) measurements of your kitchen and draw a basic design on your app, software, or even a piece of graph paper.
- If you’re making substantial changes, then you can do the same as above but you need to be thoughtful about foot traffic (width of walkways, how much room you need around the oven to be safe and practical, etc).
- Next, think about your storage solutions. Recently, there’s been an increase in the popularity in replacing overhead cabinets with modern shelving, but if you don’t have a separate pantry, this simply may not leave you with enough room to store your foot safely. Remember cabinets can help prolong the life of your food. Do you want simple cabinet space you can use as you wish, or do you want savvy storage solutions that break up the size and width of cabinet doors and drawers?
- Tweak the layout until it makes perfect sense. (This is usually the moment you realize you want to work with a designer instead!) If you’re hiring a contractor or carpenter, run it by them to ensure they can work with it.
Whether you’re planning to hire a team for your kitchen renovation or remodel, or doing the work largely yourself, it’s important not to underestimate the importance of getting it right first time. Even basic kitchen renovations run into the thousands of dollars, and the result of your work will affect the longevity of the kitchen and even your home’s resale value.
Fortunately, there is a much easier solution to doing it all alone! Our easy 4-step system can help you realize the kitchen of your dreams without all the hassle of downloading software or apps, figuring out how they work, and trying to get the measurements just right.
We’ll come to your home and take accurate 3D measurements and use them to offer you hundreds of personalized layout options which you can narrow down based on your personal needs and preferences. Then, you can work with our designers to tailor your design even further so it’s unique and custom for your needs. Finally, you can use that layout to DIY or work with our partners to save 40% on the typical costs of a kitchen renovation. It’s a no-brainer – click here to get started