• Steps:

    1. Build full-scale models of cabinets and appliances from ½-inch plywood or cardboard.
    2. Cut plywood to size to represent the countertops.
    3. Set the mock components in the kitchen according to the desired layout.
    4. Prop up the countertops with vertical 2x4s or sawhorses.
    5. Rearrange the components to create the most appealing, practical design.
    6. Test several layouts, including L-shaped, U-shaped, galley or introduce an island.
    7. If necessary, cut down or enlarge components to best fit the space.
    • Difficulty: Moderate
      depending on the size of the space and the complexity of the kitchen.
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      Tools List

      • circular saw
        Portable circular saw,
        used to cut plywood and 2x4s
      • 30-foot tape measure
        Tape measure
      • 100-foot tape measure
        Utility knife,
        used to cut cardboard boxes

      Shopping List

      1. 1/2-inch plywood,
      used to build mock cabinets and countertops

      2. Sawhorses and 2x4s,
      used to prop up mock countertops

      3. Cardboard boxes,
      for creating mock upper wall cabinets

      4. Duct tape,
      used to hold together mock cabinets and countertops