How to create a 3D kitchen design with Architect 3D

Much more than simply a place for preparing meals, the kitchen is a sociable space where people spend time and relax. Children and adults come together here to share moments, memories, meals or even activities. So it is very important to make sure this space is both practical and aesthetic to allow you to enjoy all these special times without distractions. Architect 3D is software that allows you to create your 3D kitchen design and give free rein to your creativity. Forget about pencils and paper, the digital age has arrived: in just a few minutes, you will already have designed your kitchen plans in 2D.

To fine-tune your wildest visions, it is important to consider your needs and everyday habits: is it more practical to place the fridge on this side or the other one? Should you choose a cabinet with swing doors or sliding doors?

Our advice to create your 3D kitchen design

Take measurements

Before you start visualising the kitchen of your dreams, you need to consider the constraints of the space you want to install it in.

Start by taking detailed measurements of the walls, ceiling height and available space on the floor. Carefully note the locations of doors and windows, and very importantly, gas, water and electricity connection points to avoid installing an item in the wrong place.

When you design your 2D plans, Architect 3D allows you to enter all your measurements and constraints for a realistic result.

Choose the most appropriate type of kitchen

You then need to choose the type of kitchen you want for your space.

L-shaped kitchen

An L-shaped configuration follows the walls of the room to make best use of a corner and create a return. It can be adapted to any shape of room and even allows you to design a dining area with a table and chairs, for example.

L-shaped kitchen 2D plan

I-shaped kitchen

An I-shaped configuration aligns all your equipment along a single wall. It can therefore be installed easily in any room, but it is particularly suitable for small spaces, long rooms or galley shapes.

I-shaped kitchen 2D plan

U-shaped kitchen

A U-shaped kitchen creates perfectly organised work spaces. This functional design allows you to access all your equipment simply by turning around. But make sure the central space measures at least 1.20 metres to allow you to move around easily.

U-shaped kitchen 2D plan

Kitchen with a central island

A central island configuration involves installing a linear kitchen and then adding an island in the middle of the room, at least 70 centimetres from the other furniture. This very practical configuration allows you to create an area in which you can move around freely while still having easy access to all equipment. You can place a storage island in the centre or choose to make this a cooking area or even a bar with stools.

2D plan of a kitchen with a central island

Parallel kitchen

This design involves installing items of furniture opposite each other in a parallel configuration. Just like the U-shaped layout, this allows easy access simply by turning around. It is a very practical solution for long rooms. It helps to free up space and create a huge work surface.

Parallel kitchen 2D plan

Choosing your equipment

The next step is choosing the equipment you want in your kitchen: an American-style fridge-freezer, a dishwasher, cabinets, etc. If you are planning to renovate an existing kitchen, think about all the things you like and want to keep as well as the items that no longer suit your needs and you absolutely want to change.

The Architect 3D software includes a comprehensive library of furniture and equipment. Give free rein to your imagination and add everything that appeals to you. Then look at the result in the 3D view and make any required changes.

Choose the style of the kitchen

Coordinate your kitchen with the rest of your home: using a library of surface materials and decorative textures provided in the software. You can even modify them to create personalised looks for your furniture and surfaces.

Designing a kitchen requires a perfect balance of functionality and aesthetics. It is important to bear this in mind when choosing materials. A surface can look very attractive but be difficult to maintain: fabrics hold odours, and a carpet quickly becomes a nightmare if you drop something on it. Choose tiles instead, for example. They are easy to clean and very hard-wearing.

Maintain a triangular working area in the kitchen

The kitchen space can be divided into three main areas:

  • Cold area (fridge and freezer)
  • Washing area (sink and dishwasher)
  • Cooking area (hob and oven)

The work triangle rule involves positioning these elements in the shape of a triangle that is as equilateral as possible to streamline movements between each area. Too much distance between these three areas will make your kitchen less functional and ergonomic, and each action will be less efficient.

Some examples of kitchens designed with Architect 3D:

3D kitchen plan with diner table

3D L-shaped kitchen with central island


3D and 2D views of a kitchen with central island


3D view of a kitchen with central island


3D view of a L-shaped kitchen with central island

To design the kitchen of your dreams, we recommend at least the Architect 3D Silver version. Choose your preferred version from our range and consult our online comparison:

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