How to plan for your new kitchen: Our top 5 tips – Long Eaton Kitchens

How to plan for your new kitchen: Our top 5 tips

Cute Couple Standing In The Kitchen Near The Window And Man Writing On Paper.
11 October 2023

Your kitchen isn’t just the place you prepare your meals. Are you looking to create a harmonious family environment or a grand space to host your social events? Maybe you want to maximise the space if you have an unusual layout. Planning is the most essential part in creating your perfect kitchen.

Assess your current space

Starting with your current kitchen, determine what works/what doesn’t for you already with a list of likes and dislikes. 


  • Worktop space
  • Seating
  • Cabinets
  • Layouts

Research, research…research!

When you have a good idea of what you are after, it’s time to gather inspiration! We recommend our customers view our latest designs or social media channels which feature newly completed projects. Keep note of everything you like: colour palettes, style, accessories, appliances, lighting, shelving and cabinets. 

Think about appliances

Like kitchen furniture, the appliances are investment items. So it’s crucial to have a chat with us before you buy. The style choices are completely endless! With classic country, sleek and contemporary, retro or rustic styles to deciding whether you would like freestanding or built-in, gas to electric. As well as our kitchen showroom we have our larger appliance showroom so you can have a demonstration with the different types of appliances with our expertly trained staff. 

Bosch display Long Eaton Kitchens

Our updated showroom featuring the newest Bosch display

Consider lighting early on

Lighting plays a huge part in the overall aesthetic and mood of your kitchen. Getting the lighting right will seamlessly transition your kitchen from the busy bright space during the day to a calm and tranquil relaxing backdrop for your evening meal or dinner party. 

Long Eaton Kitchens

An example of lighting from a recently completed project

Showroom visit

Now it’s time to see the professionals! Our experienced kitchens designers will help you evaluate what is right for your home and lifestyle. Viewing the colours and styles of our cabinetry, storage solutions, cooker hoods and other exhaust solutions really starts to bring your vision to life. Our team of designers are equipped with the skills to work with you to make your dream kitchen a reality. 

Long Eaton Kitchens showroom

One of our updated kitchen displays


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latest customer testimonials

Toton, Nottingham | Mr & Mrs Verran

"Selecting LEA was the best decision we could have made. From the patience shown when capturing our design requirements, to the extremely professional installation, we are delighted with the whole experience and the finished result. Our new kitchen has transformed the way we live and is a pleasure to use."

Coalville, Leicestershire | Mr & Mrs Haynes

"From initial design to our beautiful completed kitchen, we cannot fault the service we received from Ian, Wayne and the rest of the team. An excellent customer experience."

Newbold, Leicestershire | Mrs Payne

"We are absolutely thrilled with our new kitchen. The quality of the units is fantastic and everything being made to measure means that it fits into the space perfectly. The service we received from everyone at Long Eaton appliances with exceptional and the staff were willing to help with everything from choosing colours to matching up paint samples. The amazing lighting Ian suggested really made a huge difference to the overall finished kitchen."

Chellaston, Derby | Mrs McAleer

"We are absolutely thrilled with our new kitchen. Long Eaton Appliances (Ian) was very professional with our requirements from start to finish. He was always quick and responsive to changes and amendments to our kitchen design and quote. Wayne and his team were outstanding with the installation of the kitchen. They were so professional, hard working and delivered to the highest standard. We would highly recommend LEA to anyone having had such a good experience with them."

Littleover, Derbyshire | Mr & Mrs Hession

"The whole process ran extremely smoothly. In the initial planning stage Iain took on board our requirements incorporating them into a functional design. Wayne and his team of craftsmen completed the building works to a very high standard. Craig fitted the kitchen, he has a keen eye for detail and is a perfectionist. "

Chellaston, Derby | Mr Dulewicz

"From start to finish, a truly exceptional customer experience. Ian’s creativity and design helped shape our thinking, bringing our new kitchen to life! We are thrilled with the results and cannot recommend Long ‘Eaton Kitchen & Appliances’ highly enough! A huge thank you to the whole team!"

Beeston, Nottingham | Mr Chambers

"We chose Long Eaton Appliances for our new kitchen because there was no competition after our initial meeting with Ian. Nothing was too much trouble for Ian as he spent time with us showing the quality of the products and different designs in the showroom. With myself having a disability and using a wheelchair Ian gave helpful advice which enabled ourselves to make the right decisions. We haven’t looked back since it’s installation and would have no hesitation in recommending Long Eaton Appliances when looking for your new kitchen."

Breaston, Derbyshire | Mr & Mrs Burne

"When we were planning our extension the kitchen was always going to be the main focal point. We tried all of the usual ‘high street companies’ but none of them came close to the service, quality or price we got from LE Appliances. Ian ensured everything was of a very high standard from our first meeting through to completion of the project."

Wilford, Nottingham | Mr Sale

"Excellent service from the second we walked into the showroom. We were made to feel like individuals throughout and that is certainly how it feels now, knowing we have a truly bespoke kitchen without breaking the bank! The fitters were on time, courteous and friendly, sorting any minor hiccups as they went without any fuss."

Breaston, Derbyshire | Mr Wellard

"Long Eaton Appliances excelled in the following areas: The design we envisaged involved a lot of small adjustments to maximise the amount of cabinets and appliances we could fit into the area we had. We spent half a day with Ian and felt that the finished design was a credit to his knowledge and patience. The showroom staff were very helpful in demonstrating all appliances that were on show. As we wanted a modern kitchen with a free-standing cooker, it was good having the ability to look at all the options in the showroom and, ultimately, have just one supplier. The fitter, Craig, was also exceptional. He was very focused and the quality of his work drew much praise from three individual tradesmen on the site all with experience in similar areas."

Chilwell, Nottingham | Mr Stringer

"Long Eaton Appliances have provided us with a great kitchen. Right from the initial design phase our expectations were exceeded. The installation team were fantastic and come thoroughly recommended. We were also really impressed with the technical knowledge of all of the guys in the store. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Long Eaton Appliances to anyone."

Chellaston, Derby | Mr Chittenden

"Long Eaton Appliances has supplied us with a top quality kitchen meeting all our needs. Ian in particular has been very professional helping us right from the design stage to final fitting. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them and their service has been second to none."

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