Kitchens around the world are increasingly evolving from just a space for food preparation. They are becoming the heart of the home, where more social interactions between family, friends and guests occur.

With the kitchen becoming a multi-functional space, it should incorporate both form and function. That’s where a fitted kitchen, or one with built-in appliances, shines. Such kitchens are usually planned and built to maximise use of available space. Built-in appliances also tend to make the most of a compact space, as they are built into counters or walls and do not take up space on tables or counter tops. Here are some common considerations when planning for a fitted kitchen.

Make sure the space measures up

As with any home installation, be sure to take precise measurements of the kitchen area first. Understanding the layout of your kitchen is critical to planning its design. Where are the power points, water and gas pipes, windows and doors?

Making a rough sketch of how you envision the placement of appliances, work spaces and doors. Do keep in mind tried and tested designs like the kitchen triangle, which places the three points of greatest cooking activity – the sink, stove and fridge – in a triangle.


Place your appliances correctly

When you have a feel of the room you have, it’s time to place the appliances in it. Leave the final measurements to the experts, but it’s good to start with an outline of what you want. Don’t forget to factor in all three dimensions – height, length and depth. You don’t want large appliances obstructing access to a window or in the way of the door.

Consider the finishing touches

Look at the kitchen design as a whole. Beyond selecting what you want to put in your kitchen, think about the colour and texture of finishes, flooring and even cabinet handles. Small touches like these can affect the final look of a kitchen and mean the difference between a picture-perfect kitchen or one with jarring visual elements.

This is why luxury appliance manufacturers like Gaggenau have kitchen collections which give different appliances an integrated look and feel when installed together. The luxury kitchen range features a sophisticated, professional-looking design with high quality stainless steel and clean lines. For those going for a more striking look, the anthracite oven range is a timeless standout that will turn the area into one that is a pleasure to both cook and dine in.

Elizabeth Png is the retail and consumer business director at Hafele Vietnam. She can be contacted at