Published at Thursday, November 30th 2017. by Solaina in Kitchen.
We remember the retro styles of the sixties, the cupboards with their formica/ melamine finish and doors with translucent glass centres. They were sparse in comparison to the average kitchen furniture of today and had little if any integrated appliances. They were however functional as regards providing food storage space and work top area and represented satisfaction in meeting the requirements of the average family. Strangely we see similar shape kitchens in minimalist styles today with smaller eye level cupboards and base units finished in glossy paint colours. The worktops are however can be in granite or marble and the kitchens themselves can be extremely expensive as they are now the cutting edge of latest kitchen designs and represent innovation. These kitchens are at the top end of the market as regards kitchen furniture and bear only a fleeting similarity to its predecessors of some fifty years ago.
Whether you have a big kitchen or a small one, or a wide kitchen or a narrow one, you need to select your kitchen furniture and plan its layout carefully to ensure that you get a sleek look and ample workable space. In addition to that, you should consider the cost of installation of the furniture you choose as well as the cost of maintaining and repairing it. Furthermore, you should look for furniture that offers ample storage ideas as well. Before selecting the furniture for your kitchen, you need to consider a few important questions and make your purchasing decision based on the answers to these questions. The first and most important question that you need to ask yourself is about the décor theme of your kitchen. Thus, you should assess whether you have a modern kitchen or a traditional one and look at the color scheme of your cabinets and other fittings to ensure that the new furniture that you buy fits in the décor theme.
Fabric gets loose, and light colored chairs stain easily. Thats a blemish that wont be easy to get rid of, though it will stick out like a sore thumb in an otherwise immaculate kitchen. Consider putting an island in the middle of the kitchen. This creates visual interest and expands the work space considerably. If designing from scratch, consider locating the stove, oven, and sink in the island. This is a somewhat radical departure from the ubiquitous design of traditional kitchens that puts the stove up against the wall. It is also quite functional, allowing the cook to look out into the room as opposed to gazing at the wall.
Kitchen furniture styles range from rustic to modern. The size of your kitchen will play a vital role in determining the style in which you decorate. Large rustic pieces need to be in a large kitchen. Contemporary and traditional style wooden tables vary greatly in size. You can easily find a wooden table and various other matching pieces of kitchen furniture such as a buffet, side board, bakers rack, or hutch to match your table. Extension or drop leaf tables are excellent for small kitchens. Modern style tables such as the bistro style, bar height design, and bar pub table are relatively new designs that are ideal for small kitchens.
Apart from this, you can also go to your local used furniture or consignment shop. The pieces of furniture you will find here have either been bought from their owners or directly purchased from estate sales. Just remember that when visiting stores like this, you should still aim for quality, especially when it comes to kitchen furniture. Do not settle for a piece that has a broken or cracked leg, some loose fittings or one that is badly maintained. Garage sales are excellent places to look too. Used kitchen furniture are common in yard sales and garage sales. Finding a good bargain there is pretty easy as well. In order to find homes that have these garage sales, check your local newspaper listing. These sales usually happen every weekend.
Kitchen islands can also be considered in the class of furniture because many people use the island to double as a breakfast bar. If you have the opportunity to design your island, then try to get the counter top to extend out farther than the cabinet underneath so the counter is comfortable to sit at. In addition, try to have the outer edge of the counter sit higher than the rest of the island surface. This is to make sure that there is no cross contamination between prepared and unprepared foods. The seating at a breakfast bar will most likely be stools. Stools with backs are more comfortable, but heavier so you need to weigh those options before selecting. Another helpful hint is to make sure there is enough room between the top of the stool seat and the bottom of the counter so that people are not squished in between.