Published at Sunday, November 26th 2017. by Calantha in Kitchen.
Having kitchen furniture fully fitted, so that all the cabinets fit in like jigsaw pieces and are flush with the walls, is standard practice. It is the usual route taken when decorating a kitchen, though not the only possibility. Major benefits include the fact that the kitchen has more space opened up, more storage space, and of course has a tighter overall appearance. Asides from the tightly packed fitted kitchen, there are also free standing kitchens. These use individual items of furniture and have the plus that they can be moved around. The downside to freestanding kitchens is that they waste a lot of space. In the olden days, all kitchens followed the freestanding furniture model, but as time progressed fitted kitchens became the standard. Certainly it can detract greatly from the value of your home if the kitchen isnt fitted due to the way its seen by home buyers and agents as being a modern essential.
Whether you desire a rustic look, contemporary look, or an ultra-modern style, research online and get what you want. Cabinets come in such a variety that they cater to all kinds of kitchen needs. There are double door ones, single door ones, those with six racks, or a couple of tall shelves. There are ones with smooth wood finish, or textured to suit your personal tastes. One of the trendiest kitchen furniture pieces is wicker and wire. Place a black and white wicker and wood trash bin in a corner of your kitchen and watch the spot come alive. It looks more than a trash bin. Wood painted in black and white gives a fabulous contrast to your plain towel or linen holders. A wooden cutting board added to the kitchen top completes the look of your kitchen. If you have got a tiny kitchen where you cannot afford to place those fancy and huge counter tops, dining sets, and loud cabinets, relax. There are compact furniture pieces that not only leave more room in your kitchen, but also make it look stylish within a small space. The specially designed kitchen islands feature a narrow counter-height table, plus a pair of small stools that you can slide under the island groves to make space.
There are many different kinds of kitchen furniture to consider when you are furnishing a new home. The most important is the breakfast nook set, but there are others. Kitchen island furniture and kitchen storage furniture are other classes of furniture to choose from. The breakfast nook set is the most important kitchen furniture choice because it is where your family will gather for most meals and where even your guests will join you. In addition, the breakfast table and chairs are the largest set of furniture in the room so it is where the eye will naturally be drawn. You want the table to be as large as it can possibly be and still fit in the space you have. Even if your family is small now, things may change in the future and you are sure to have guests, so you want as large a table as is practical. Make sure to leave enough room for chairs or benches to be pulled in and out between the edge of the table and the walls. Also, pick a table shape that suits the room. For example, if the breakfast nook is circular or octagonal in shape, a circular table would be a better use of space than a rectangular or square one.
Kitchen storage furniture includes anything from a sideboard to a shelving unit. This variety of kitchen furniture is usually only used in kitchens with lots of space. Most breakfast nooks will not have room for extra pieces of furniture after you get the table and chairs in. A sideboard is a thin piece of furniture that sits no more than two feet out from the wall. It usually has one or two cabinets and a series of drawers for storage. Table linens and china are the most common things stored there. Another popular storage furniture piece is the pantry cabinet. If you are not lucky enough to have a walk in pantry or a closet to use, then pantry cabinets are a great addition. It may seem like they take up a lot of room, but it is worth it. If you use regular cabinets to store your dry goods and canned goods, then there will be a lot of wasted space since you cannot see past the first few rows in a normal kitchen cabinet. Pantries will have shelves that are less deep or that come equipped with shelves on rollers so you can pull each shelf out like a drawer.
If you are hanging anything from the ceiling, make sure that there is sufficient clearance so that people do not bang their heads on a skillet or frying pan! Clearance is all-important with kitchen islands, because there is not a lot worse than having a kitchen that is severely restricted in space just to accommodate an island. The island should complement your kitchen, not dominate it.
If you need a power supply for appliances, you can run it up through a pipe or conduit up to the ceiling, or even better, run a line below the floorboards up into the kitchen island. Make sure your installation conforms to local and national regulations. You are advised to employ a qualified electrician to do this. Many islands are fitted with burners and sinks with a hot and cold water supply, but this is not essential if you already have a traditional sink and stove. There are many different designs of pot hooks or racks that can be used on or above your island. Many people fit hooks to the ceiling to hold cooking pans of different types, but that will depend on the height of your ceiling.