While it may be easy to assume that all kitchen units and kitchen cabinets suit all needs and purposes, there are a number of reasons as to why you should closely consider the various types of fitting you wish to install as part of a new kitchen design. Various factors – such as composite material, shape and storage potential – all come into play when you are looking at building up your perfect bespoke kitchen. Here at Sheffield Kitchens and Flooring, we are always more than happy to help you find the perfect look and feel for your home. Before you start shopping, however, here is a quick guide on what you should consider when putting together your ideal bespoke kitchen.
Which Styles are Best for Me?
Whether you’re putting together a completely bespoke and unique kitchen design, or if you prefer to opt for a suite that’s already designed for you as standard, there are many different types of kitchen cabinets and kitchen units which fit in well with different aesthetics and trends. It’s all about practical purpose as much as it is about look and design, too! High-gloss modern units are popular with contemporary kitchen suites focusing on neutral colours and a space which is set to be more practical and effortless than outlandish.
Slab kitchen cabinets, too, make for popular modern installations and touches. These units are super-customisable and are very low maintenance – and are also available in a range of finishes. A great choice for ease of use, cleaning and more besides. On the other side of things, shaker kitchen cabinets remain very popular with certain kitchen styles and setups. These are considered classy and versatile – and while they are timeless to some people, they can carry an ornate look or touch when installed in the right way.
Don’t forget, either, that freestanding cabinets exist – for a relaxed, vintage look, these kitchen units are great for flexibility and contemporary charm. They are still widely adopted across many modern home designs, meaning they may well be worth your time.
What Materials are Used?
Of course, the look, feel and material of kitchen units and cabinets you opt for will be entirely your choice and will revolve around your own aesthetics as well as your practical needs. MDF and MFC, for example, are considered popular material choices due to their reliable strength and easy-clean manufacturing. MDF in particular works well with a variety of different finishes, and while it may be considered a little more expensive than the mainstream MFC, it is a reliable and versatile choice.
Plywood is a choice that’s largely available on a bespoke basis thanks to its incredible resilience, though it will likely have more of a comfortable place in your kitchen as a free-standing unit, rather than hanging from a wall (due to weight involved). Real wood, or solid timber, may also be favoured in terms of material choice. These units can look neat in a range of different kitchen setups, though it is worth bearing in mind that warping may occur. You can achieve an authentic wooden look with chipboard or timber-faced MDF, too – which may be more practical for you to implement.
Other Things to Bear in Mind
Depending upon the type of kitchen units you opt for, and upon the materials and finishes you prefer, you will also need to consider a number of other standards that can come into play with kitchen units. Consider the types of handles you’d like to install – go modern or go classical! If you want an overall neat look to your contemporary kitchen suite, also consider cornices – which can be used to hide the tops of kitchen cabinets.
Finally, do be careful with hinges and runners. Runners on drawers should ideally provide a full extension so that you have complete access to contents therein – and if you’d like to add in soft-close hinges to make things super-quiet, it’s worth doing so as part of a bespoke or standardised installation.
If you’re unsure about what’s best for your new kitchen, call our experts here at Sheffield Kitchens and Flooring today on 01246 436336 – and we will be delighted to show you the very best of our collections.