Kitchen Layout Planner

You design your own kitchen

The idea with Milestone Kitchens is that you design your own layout using our wide range of hand-made units. We've simplified this process by offering a kitchen planner, which you can download here. We have included some examples of how to use our planner below. Please use whichever method you are most comfortable with: hand drawn, cut and paste or drag and drop.

DIY price advantage

Our prices are based on a DIY system which has the advantage of working out cheaper if you compare quality for quality, but it also involves a little more work from the client. Once you have designed your kitchen, we would love to look at your plan so that we can give you a second opinion and look for possible improvements. But, ultimately you need to decide on which units you would like to use and then order them. If you would like us to design your kitchen layout for you, we are happy to do this for you for a fee, payable upfront, which will be deducted from the balance of your order.

Start planning now

Ask us for our Price List on our Contacts us page to see what our standard dimension and prices are. You can even make your own quotation by asking us for our 'Quotation Document'. This is a document on which you list your preferences with respect to your own unique Milestone Kitchen. You will only need further prices from us if it is a custom made unit. If you need a custom unit, fill in the size you require, send us a sketch, and we will work out the price for you. Start planning your own Milestone Kitchen NOW. Use our kitchen tips below to help you.

Examples of how to plan your kitchen

Example 1
Kitchen Planner Example 1
The great thing about this plan is that it uses the 7 Piece Starter Set Special and saves the client R8 583.00, so this client ends up with a beautiful solid wood kitchen for only R60 000.00. (both of these amounts are excluding vat for our export clients).
Example 2
Kitchen Planner Example 2
This is an example of a kitchen plan for a larger layout. You could call this "the deluxe" version of our kitchen planner because it is so detailed and well laid out. Kitchen plans submitted to us do not all have to be so complicated but having something like this to work from certainly reduces the risk of errors or misinterpretation by either the client or ourselves.
Example 3
Kitchen Planner Example
This is a beautifully compact, well organised kitchen that makes effective use of the available space and wall areas without resorting to using Corner Units. This can be applied to any of our kitchen ranges.

Tips for Planning a Top-Class Milestone Kitchen

A badly laid-out kitchen is not only cumbersome to work in, it can be dangerous too. When elements of a kitchen are not arranged in a way that enables a smooth workflow, the opportunities for accidents increase along with the frustration of having to negotiate your way around obstacles. The three key elements in any kitchen are the stove, the sink and the fridge.

The Working Triangle

The fridge, stove and sink generate the most activity in a kitchen, as you need to move between these three elements the most. By simply placing these in a compact triangular arrangement, you will reduce the amount of time and energy needed to move between them. Allow enough space between the three elements for the preparation areas and storage, and you will soon have the basics of your kitchen laid out.


Allocate working areas near the stove for food preparation and for storing ingredients you need to cook with. The prep space does not have to be big: a metre of space is probably enough. The space either side of the stove is an ideal place to situate Pot Drawers and storage units for crockery and cutlery, such as the Cutlery Server, while the wall above one of these storage cabinets is ideal for our Spice Rack that is easy to reach when cooking. On the wall above the stove, you might like to hang one of our Wall Units, either one for a microwave or one for more crockery. Things that are used frequently, such as breakfast bowls, side plates, oil or salad bowls, are best in a wall cabinet so that you don’t have constantly to bend down to access them.


Enough working space next to the sink to drain washed dishes and to stack dirty ones is essential. Two sinks are useful as this enables you to have a separate prep bowl for washing vegetables. If you have a dishwasher, place it near the sink too. Rubbish bins and cleaning materials are also usually kept close to the sink.


It’s nice to have a surface next to the fridge where you can place items that are being taken out or loaded, and to place grocery bags. You should be able to load up the pantry cupboard from here too, so ensure that that is nearby. A coffee station near the fridge also works well, for easy access to milk, and would house equipment and coffee making materials - so plan units accordingly. Our clients often place a coffee dresser next to the fridge. Having said that, another popular option is to have the Coffee Dresser near the dining room or breakfast area. Coffee and toast go together so a Coffee Dresser is often used as a place to store your toaster.

Centre Island

A Centre Island is very popular in the modern kitchen. If you have space for one, place it near the stove and not too far from the dining area so you can use it for serving. Bar Stools around the Centre Island can provide informal seating for friends or for kids to do their homework while you cook. A Centre Island often becomes the hub of the home. However, don’t let a Centre Island encroach on your working triangle or you might be tripping over people. Rather let the Island be one, even two of the points of your triangle. For example you could make your Centre island part of your working area by placing a stoveprep bowl inside it. Remember to plan plumbing or electrics accordingly.

Other Helpful Kitchen Layout Tips

Good lighting is imperative in a kitchen, particularly in front of the sink and above the stove. If you are building a kitchen from the ground up I suggest you consider the following:

  • Place a large window above the sink.
  • Place an electrical point above the stove for an extractor, as this always comes with a light.
  • Think carefully about surfaces and finishes for your kitchen. You do not need metres of granite work surfaces. It can be an attractive feature to have different surfaces in your kitchen. A free-standing kitchen allows you to, for example, have a stone top around your sink area, a wooden top on your island and a pastry table with a stainless steel top. You can mix and match a variety of tops depending on the area that they will be servicing.
  • Be careful of wall-to-wall and ceiling to floor units, as they can be oppressive and claustrophobic.
  • Go for a light and cheerful look with a white, cream or grey finish to make your kitchen a friendly and inviting place to spend time in rather than a heavy look with dark finishes and colours.

A thoughtful approach to planning your kitchen will help you create a pleasant and safe workspace that you will want to spend time in. Your family and friends will love it too.

If you're still unsure if free-standing kitchens are a good choice, remember that free-standing kitchens are becoming increasingly popular with good reason. They allow greater flexibility and freedom when laying out a kitchen as you can easily change the position of the various kitchen elements when the mood takes you or necessity demands.

For more help planning your kitchen layout download our Kitchen Planner or Contact Us

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