10 Mar What to consider when buying your next Kitchen Cabinets
Whether you’re building a small kitchen for a modern town house or a large open plan country house kitchen, the perfect units have a big impact on your budget as well as how your new kitchen will look and function.
Although choosing the design layout of your kitchen is a lot about practicality and there are a lot of areas to consider, picking the cabinetry is where you really get to make your mark as they add to the style of the kitchen as well as the storage. Do you go for sleek and modern units or something a little more traditional? Are you looking for low-cost solutions or high-end bespoke?
These are all things that you’ll need to consider to ensure that your new room is beautifully organised and wonderfully integrated. With this in mind we’ve taken a look at a number of key areas of your kitchen units to guarantee that you’ll leave no stone unturned.
What style of kitchen cabinets are best for my layout?
Ultimately, your layout needn’t affect what unit style you choose. However, it can have an influence on how much you include. Large open-plan family kitchens generally work well with a large island or farmhouse-style table, so perhaps a traditional or country look will suit your needs. Alternatively, long galley style layouts can benefit from modern streamlined designs that will maximise light and space.
Should I choose standard kitchen units or bespoke cabinets?
Whilst many companies will have set sizes, many providers such as Nobilia Kitchens will offer units in a variety of widths and depths. Most of these cabinets are generally made in standard European sizes such as 30cm, 60cm, 90cm and 120cm. These also conform to European appliance sizes, making it easy to fit appliances and cabinets together easily.
However, whilst many high street providers will offer a large selection of sizes, these width types are generally difficult to alter. Because of this it’s important to consider a more bespoke cabinet provider if you have a kitchen that is a difficult shape or has tricky spaces to fill. Many premium kitchen providers may offer a design service as part of their full package to this is an option you’ll want to look out for.
What are the best style of kitchen cabinets for your design requirements?
Shaker kitchen cabinets
Based around solid painted timber doors with a framed feature and veneered centre panel, shaker kitchen cabinets continue to be a popular choice. They are known for being a timeless and versatile choice – yet, depending on the colour you choose, it’s possible to create some dramatically different finishes. This type of cabinet will also last the test of time and allows for customisation should you choose to give your kitchen a freshen up.
High-gloss kitchen cabinets
Modern designs have moved on from swathes of clinical white or insipid red gloss. In recent years the trend for high-gloss units is to base the design around more neutral shades. These include thick greys, Champagne and or even cream cabinets. They still boast the same flowing lines and fuss-free finish that high-gloss is loved for, but the soft colours bring much needed character and are easier to live with. They are also easier to integrate with other style choices within the kitchen.
Slab kitchen cabinets
Slab door designs are a blank canvas that can be customised to suit a range of environments and designs. Whether it is a simple functional small home kitchen, or a high-design aesthetic look in vibrant colours. For low maintenance, choose matt finishes over gloss and opt for handleless cabinetry, too. Not only is it easier to keep clean, it looks super-sleek and is safer if you have little ones running around.
Freestanding kitchen cabinets
For those seeking a more relaxed approach to their final kitchen design, the option of buying freestanding cabinets is proving increasingly attractive. Often initiated by the desire to protect original architectural features, freestanding units are a particularly popular choice in period properties. The trend is also being embraced in contemporary kitchens, most notably large open-plan spaces where the kitchen can take centre stage thanks to standalone cabinetry.
Always consider the finishing touches
Once you’ve chosen the style, colour and structure of kitchen cabinets that you want, the final thing to think about is the extra fittings you need to frame your doors. Whilst these will cost extra, they can make a massive difference to the visual impact of your new room. They’ll also make your kitchen more functional.
Here’s a list of finishing touches to think about:
Drawers and runners: Make sure all of your drawer runners are full-extension. This provides a full view of the contents and prevents items from getting lost at the back of drawers. Always check the load capacity of drawer runners, particularly on wide pan drawers.
Plinths: Also, known as kickboards, these run along the floor beneath units to cover up standard unit legs that can be unsightly. If you have chosen freestanding units on legs you won’t need these.
Cornices: The upper frame around fitted wall units. These hide cabinet tops and give a neater finish.
Handles: With cabinet handles the world is your oyster, but you can generally choose from bar, knob, decorative or no handles with a touch open finish!