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Designer vs DIY: how to get the most out of your church kitchen.

Some things are easier to DIY, but when it comes to designing a kitchen, you’ll get more out of your space with some help from the experts. Here’s how Steelplan Kitchens can help.

Installing a new kitchen is a big upheaval. With the help of a kitchen expert, you can ensure you’re getting the most out of your space, all while futureproofing your new investment.

You may think that to create a kitchen, all you need is to put a few cabinets in, as well as a stove and a fridge – however, there’s more to it than that. A kitchen designer can help you visualise the ideal placement of your entire kitchen, so you can get the most out of it – no matter the size of the room. They’ll also:

  • Help you determine the purpose of your kitchen.
  • Find the right products to meet that purpose.
  • Discuss appliances with you and place them in the correct spot.

Want to see it in action? We rounded up some of our recent transformations for inspiration.


With a do-it-yourself craze sweeping the nation, it can be tempting to think of it as a great way to update your church kitchen while saving money: you sketch out the layout, buy the bits you need, and get help from your congregation to install it.

Yet when it comes to installing a church kitchen, it’s never a good idea.

For one, you may be sold a kitchen that is completely unfit for purpose. Many big box stores sell domestic kitchens only – usually made from wrapped MDF and wood. These can absorb water, germs, and spillages as well as crack and peel, creating an unsightly, unhygienic mess in your brand-new kitchen. This goes for appliances too. For instance, you may want an instant hot water boiler installed, but as this isn’t a typical domestic item, they may simply say ‘no’.

You also need to think about the space you have available. Sellers of domestic kitchens are used to a single room that can be altered or worked in with ease, however this may be a luxury some churches don’t have.

By discussing your plans with a designer, they can tell you what is possible – and what you can do with very little space may be surprising.


So, you want a range cooker for big meals but also want your kitchen to be accessible? A designer can help with that. They’ll listen to all your requirements and take them on board – using their experience to place your items where you need them, all while taking safety into account.

Your designer is also your collaborator. You can bounce ideas off each other and create a kitchen that’ll not only look good but benefit your church today and in the future. Plus, they’ll be there to tame any out-there ideas. It can be easy to forget that you won’t be the only one using your church’s kitchen among the excitement. They’ll help you stick to creating a kitchen that’s functional and easy to use, while still leaving room for you to put in any additional extras.

Designers don’t have to be expensive. In fact, for churches like you, they can be completely free. At Steelplan Kitchens, we offer a free kitchen design service to churches, helping you to get the semi-commercial kitchen you need to get the most out of your space, as well as a long term return on your investment.

Our design team have helped numerous churches like yours up and down the country to create the ideal kitchen, and now we’re ready to help you. Our team will work with you every step of the way; drop us an email to begin at [email protected], or call 0844 809 9186.

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