Published at Monday, November 27th 2017. by Alacoque in Kitchen.
When you think of kitchen furniture, why is it that a mere set of table and chairs and a basic kitchen set comes to mind? Your kitchen, whether small or big, can be converted into one of the most elegant corners of the house. Yes, just a few pieces of creatively arranged furniture can make your kitchen a chic place to be. The furniture for kitchen comprises kitchen islands, cabinets for pantry and other items, counter tops, and others. Wood furniture, glass and marble tops never go out of style. They can completely transform the look of your "home food factory" (read kitchen). With cabinets, you can do more than you think. You can paint them in contrasting colours to make them stand out in the entire kitchen paraphernalia. Or you can merge them with the other furniture pieces by a complementing colour. You can add patterns or designs to them to give a dramatic look or funky look, depending on your taste. Shopping for kitchen furniture is more exciting and easier today, thanks to the internet and the huge collection by manufacturers.
What technique should you use to choose the best furniture in the kitchen furniture stores? How about testing furniture before you finally buy it? If you are buying some kitchen chairs, sit on them and assess their comfort. Most furniture dealers will allow you to test the furniture to enable you make an informed purchase. You could go for ready made or custom made furniture. The ready made furniture is readily available in the online and onsite stores. The custom made furniture is developed to meet the specifications of the buyer.
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.
The gleaming or smooth matte appliances of the modern kitchen demand the companionship of similar modern kitchen furniture. It would be a mistake to pair these "futuristic" objects with cheap kitchen furniture or even country kitchen furniture. To be modern calls for something more, and this can be a somewhat tough order to fill when it comes to the right contemporary kitchen furniture. You are likely to find plenty of more traditional offerings at typical kitchen furniture stores, but it is possible to get something that is cutting edge and sophisticated. So what kind of furniture are we talking about here, exactly? We are talking none less than the sleek and modular surfaces that define the truly modern designer kitchen. Countertops and even the surfaces of cabinets and cupboards are sleek, and thus so should your furniture be.
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.
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.