Design your own kitchen?
Yes, you can!

If you'd love to design your own kitchen, this section will walk you through the steps. It's easy...once you know how!

No software required! Unless you plan to do this for a living (or you're software super-savvy), don't buy kitchen design software.

The learning curve can be a pain and you'll end up frustrated with the time you've wasted.

Don't worry...before you're done, you'll have a free rendition of your beautiful new kitchen!

I recommend designing the low-tech way. You'll need:

  • graph paper
  • straight-edge
  • tape measure
  • printer (to make copies)

Yes, it's drawing...BUT you don't need to be an artist to draw a kitchen design.

Steps to design your own kitchen

1) Decisions, decisions! How to get at least some of your ducks in a row before you start with solid kitchen design planning.

2) Measure and draw your room dimensions on graph paper for your basic kitchen drawing.

3) Next you'll learn kitchen cabinet sizes ...a complete listing of standard sizes, PLUS how to understand and use the manufacturers "code" in your design.

4) Kitchen design basics walks you through the process of drawing appliances and cabinets on your design and tips on the best placement. Here you'll finish your design...and then perfect it!

5) Finally...go to your favorite home center to order kitchen cabinets! Home center kitchen designers have the software and they know how to use'll finally get to see what your kitchen will look like!

Take advantage of this free service, and finalize the last details before you order those cabs. This page tells you what you need to know before you go.

You CAN do this...

In fact you're the perfect person to design your kitchen.

You're the one who knows what you need and don't need. What you can't stand about your current kitchen. What would make you really happy in a new design.

It's just a matter of opening up your mind to possibilities...and following the step-by-step process to get you where  you want to go.

Be prepared to be very proud yourself!

When friends see your new kitchen, you can brag, "I designed it myself!"

And then, of course, you'll send your friends and family who want to know how to do it themselves straight to ME...YOUR GUARDIAN!

Kitchen Design Planning

Kitchen Drawing

Kitchen Cabinet Sizes

Kitchen Design Basics

Order Kitchen Cabinets

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Kitchen Makeovers you can do in a weekend!

Add more storage with roll-outs! Under the sink base is an area you can use to store pots and pans.

Paint the ceiling a new color!

Buy fresh new rugs, dish towels and oven mitts.

Tile your backsplash.

Hang a pot rack.

Change out your cabinet hardware.

Paint the walls - or just one as an accent wall.

Hang a new utensil rack near the stove.

Install a wood countertop on the island.

Change out light fixtures.

Replace short wall cabinets with new, taller ones - they're cheaper than base cabs and using a different color can look great!

Decorate your soffits with framed vintage dishtowels or your kids' artwork.

Have a question about YOUR kitchen?

Feel free to Ask Me a Question!

If you love country kitchens...

See our page on Country Kitchen Design to inspire you!

Thinking of remodeling?

Keep a notebook or scrapbook of notes, clippings and ideas.

Kitchen magazines are expensive - look through them in the grocery checkout line. If you see pix of a kitchen you really like, buy that magazine.

Stop in at home centers and pick up any free cabinet manufacturers' catalogs.