Published at Thursday, November 23rd 2017. by Alacoque in Kitchen.
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.
One last place to look at is in online classified ads such as Craigslist or eBay. In these sites you will find a number of classifieds by the owners themselves, from used kitchen furniture stores and even from consignment stores. Not many people think that eBay retails lots of items other than clothes. There are many used kitchen furniture pieces to choose from in eBay. Do remember that you should employ your negotiating skills when you buy used kitchen furniture. You want to get the best price available. By the time you decide to buy one, you should already have a price in mind but will still haggle for a lower 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.
You are better off without it if you are using up all the free space in the room. Your kitchen should be spacious and you should never feel restricted in your movement - in fact it can be dangerous if you are. Yes, a kitchen island is good to have, but not if your safety and freedom of movement are compromised to accommodate it. A kitchen island can be a useful item of kitchen furniture, but it must serve a purpose and must not be restrictive. Given these provisos, then it can convert an ordinary kitchen into a room you will love to be in and show off to your friends and neighbors.
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.
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.