How to Install a Kitchen
– Step 1: Make a plan for your future fitted kitchen
– Step 2: Equip your kitchen’s cooking area
– Step 3: Install your kitchen’s laundry area
– Step 4: Connect the equipment for the cold zone
Installing a fitted kitchen yourself requires method, experience, and preparation. The choice of equipment, location, and drainage systems must be well thought out before you start. To assemble the various pieces of furniture in your kitchen, follow the instructions provided.
Here’s how to install a fully equipped kitchen.
1. Make a plan for your future fitted kitchen
First, take precise measurements of the kitchen space to be equipped:
– Measure precisely the dimensions of the walls where you will install your kitchen furniture.
– Visualize the furniture’s volumes and locations thanks to a 3D plan.
– Locate on a plan the locations of the water and gas supplies, the drains, and the points of connection to the electrical network.
A fully equipped kitchen is divided into 3 areas: cooking, washing, and cold. Draw up the plans for the different areas.
The cooking zone
– Determine the type of cooktop you want to install: electric or gas.
– Choose the type of extractor hood: direct exhaust or recirculation, wall-mounted or overhead.
– Consider the oven location: built-in, overhead, or combined with the cooktops (range).
The washing area
– Check that water inlets and outlets exist.
– Choose the type of sink: single or double.
– Make your choice of dishwasher by taking into account its dimensions.
The cold zone
– Determine the location of your refrigerator and possibly the freezer.
– Make sure you have enough clearance to open and close it.
Important: For all zones, it is essential to determine the electrical connections (standards and location) necessary for the proper functioning of your kitchen.
2. Equip the cooking area of your kitchen
Regarding the cooking area, you can (depending on the space available and your desires) opt for a worktop located along a wall or on a central island.
Install the cooking plates
If you want to avoid the presence of a stove in the kitchen, you can embed the cooking plates in the worktop.
To do this, the worktop must first be installed.
Then embed the hobs in the worktop in the following steps:
– Draw the markings.
– Cut out the worktop.
– Insert the plates.
– Make the connections.
Induction cookers require careful installation.
Install the extractor hood
An extractor hood is essential if you want to limit the amount of dirt on the walls and ceiling of your kitchen.
You can choose between a wall-mounted hood or an island hood installed above a kitchen island.
Install your oven
If you haven’t opted for a range with an oven, it’s essential to build in your oven:
– After determining its location, prepare and connect it to the electrical circuit.
– Then connect and fix your oven.
3. Install the washing area of your kitchen
Build the sink into the countertop
Sinks are most of the time embedded in a worktop.
To do this:
– Cut out the worktop.
– Place the sink.
– Then install the faucets.
Connect the dishwasher
Connecting a dishwasher is quite simple. First of all, check that the water supply and drain are present.
4. Connect the cold zone equipment
To connect the refrigerator:
– Choose a location that is well-ventilated and away from heat sources.
– Allow at least 5 cm of space behind and above the refrigerator to allow for adequate ventilation of the condenser.
– Stabilize the refrigerator with the help of adjustable feet. It must be perfectly level. Check with a spirit level if necessary.
– Wait 2 hours before plugging it in to limit the risks of malfunctioning due to transport.
– Clean the interior with soapy water, then rinse.
– Plug the unit into the power supply.
Important: the socket must be earthed.
– Install the freezer in the same way if you have one.
Equipment needed to install a kitchen
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