Published at Wednesday, November 29th 2017. by Lundy 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.
Being easy to assemble, factory produced kitchen furniture has become very common and can be installed very quickly by trained professionals. It is made from very ordinary materials, which reflects in the reasonable pricing. Usually MDF, dowels and furniture glue are the main components. These come together to form the necessary layout around which the fitted kitchen is based. Mass produced kitchen furniture is not only cheap, but due to being packed flat is easy to ship to location. More pricey than regular fitted kitchen furniture are bespoke kitchens where a designer will tailor every aspect of the kitchen to the customers preference. The only down side to this service is the price.
During a kitchen remodeling project, we tend to focus our attention on every aspect that makes cooking extremely pleasurable. From the very attractive kitchen cabinet to the simply divine flooring, theres nothing that disappears off our radar. Except of course for the kitchen furniture, which happens to be every kitchens soul. I guess its high time that we abandon our rather insular opinion about kitchen furniture. They certainly add a great deal of character to every kitchen and make the place look resplendent. Kitchen furniture is more than just a few chairs, tables and cabinets placed with the sole purpose of addressing age-old problems of seating and storage. Today, this includes an entire gamut of benches, counter stools, racks, breakfast nooks, side boards and some very interesting bakers racks. Of course, the multitude of chairs and tables continue to inspire a great deal of admiration even today. Each piece of furniture is designed with the singular objective of adding immense value to the décor of the kitchen as well as the home.
Another problem you might face if you buy your kitchen island as a separate unit, and not as part of the overall kitchen, is matching it to your existing cabinets. This might not be as easy as your think, but if you purchase a solid color, such as black, white or red, then you should get away with it. Regarding colors and designs, kitchen islands can be made from a number of different materials. The framework is usually wood, but the main visible surfaces could be metal or even stone - granite is a popular substance used for counter tops. Stainless steel is also good, but try to avoid aluminum if possible, because that is very soft and easily cut and scratched, and the metal oxidizes to a dull finish.
Whether or not youve moved into a new home or need some redecorating, you might want to consider purchasing used kitchen furniture instead of buying new ones. Some people find it hard to look for used furniture for the kitchen. However, this task is easy as long as you know the right places where to look. The classified ads are good places to look for used kitchen furniture. Most of the advertisements under this category can be found there. Most of the time, the ad will contain a condition called the "best offer" which means that bidding is allowed. Another good place to look is in furniture stores. There are lots of furniture stores that accept trade-ins for kitchen furniture pieces then they include them in their sale inventory. The kitchen furniture section will be a nice place to start. Sometimes, these stores aim to have a quick turn-around on used furniture pieces so do not be surprised when they accept an offer that is less than the offered price.
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.