A virtual kitchen is a simulated kitchen created using a computer. It helps a homeowner or kitchen designer plan a new kitchen or a remodeling job. Virtual design software can be installed on an individual's computer, or an online kitchen design tool can be used.
A virtual kitchen starts with a rendering of an empty room. The user adds elements from a predetermined selection of cabinetry, sinks, plumbing fixtures, appliances and other features to the appropriate area of the rendering. A backsplash, countertop and flooring can be added as well, and the user can experiment with colors.
When the elements are in place, the software or website creates a dimensional rendering of the kitchen. The simulated kitchen gives the user the sense of being in the room.