A Guide to Buying Kitchen Furniture

15th May 2020

The kitchen, without a doubt, has become the heart of the home for many properties across the UK and worldwide. It’s a room within the home where we spend a lot of time – whether it’s trying out new recipes, dining your friends or family, or just simply enjoying cooking a divine meal when you’ve had a long day and you need some comfort food. While the interior of a kitchen has a powerful impact on the look, the feel, the shape, and size of a kitchen, that’s not the only thing you should be focusing on. Of course, a neutral colour palette with accentuating colours is a trending style many of us choose to adopt, but how much thought do you put into kitchen furniture?

No matter whether you have a small kitchen or a large one, you can make the best out of the space you have to make it a room you are most proud of. Evidently, aesthetic considerations play an important role, but you also need to think of functionality, and durability. We have listed the top 3 considerations you NEED to remember when it comes to enhancing and upgrading your kitchen.

What You Need To Consider

Ease of Maintenance – Because we use the kitchen to cook and dine, it’s also a hotspot for spillages, stains and other issues that could potentially damage your beloved marble worktop, or your cream appliances. Always take into consideration easy to maintain materials as this makes it even easier to clean and take care of.

Accessibility – One of the most important things in a kitchen is accessibility – you don’t want to be accidentally running into kitchen cupboards, or hitting your knee of the side of a drawer.

Overall Design – You need a well designed work space. You should take into consideration the shape and size of your kitchen, and essentials that you need in your kitchen – not things that just sit prettily on the side such as ornaments, or appliances you’re never going to use.
So, once you’ve determined the space you have to work with, and the essentials that need to be fitted into the kitchen, you’re already on your way to creating a beautiful kitchen and dining space.

Kitchen Cabinets

kitchen cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are at the top of our list, because they have a big impact on how your kitchen looks overall as they take the most space. The layout of your kitchen shouldn’t affect what style or design you’re trying to achieve in your kitchen, so don’t let this be a worry. Are you going for a farmhouse style? Or a completely modern design? First pick out the style, then choose the colour if you haven’t gotten that far yet. If you need some inspiration in regard to kitchen cabinets and units, we’ve listed a few of the most popular styles below:

Shaker – A timeless style, proven to be extremely popular in recent years. They’re sophisticated and elegant. If you’re looking to keep a cool, airy colour for the kitchen – try light grey or navy blue. Pastel colours are the trend right now.

Freestanding – Freestanding cabinets and units are designed for the open space lovers. This particular style is popular in period and traditional homes.

Modern – Modern cabinets are a popular choice thanks to their simplicity. They are the least detailed out of various cabinet styles, but still manage to maintain a sleek and clean look.

Kitchen Seating

kitchen stools
Now that you have a better idea on what kitchen cabinets you would like to pick, it’s time to choose kitchen seating. As the kitchen is becoming the favourite room in the home, it means we’re spending much more time in it. If you’re looking to create a relaxing atmosphere, kitchen seating is a must – especially when you’re dining for your friends and the conversation can’t wait until you sit at the dinner table.

DSW chairs have taken over many households, but kitchen stools are in the running to claim the reward for most sought after. They add a distinct but stylish touch to the kitchen, and they offer functionality like no other.

Kitchen Appliances

kitchen appliances
Built in kitchen appliances will save you a lot of time, hassle, and space! While the kitchen cabinets will house all of your dinnerware and cutlery, see if you can add additional space to hide appliances you wouldn’t really want on show. It brings uniformity to your newly fitted or newly upgraded kitchen. There are a few things to think about when considering built in appliances.

Free standing appliances – Would you want your appliances to stand free of any kitchen unit? Again, this is a popular look for traditional and period properties.

Integrated appliances – Integrated refers to fixed in appliances. They are partially or fully concealed behind a door panel.

Built under appliances – Build under refers to appliances that are boxed in at the top and the sides under a work top. This method is more flexible than integrated, as they can still be removed easily if and when required.

These are the most important things to consider when it comes to buying your kitchen furniture. Of course, this does rely on your budget, but once this is set you will find it much easier to shop around.

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