The increasing popularity of kitchen islands and butcher blocks have led to a return to freestanding kitchens, perhaps not to the extent of the 1940s when the sink was the only fixed item in a kitchen, but between a desire for more flexibility and more character, freestanding kitchens are having a well deserved resurgence in popularity.
Advantages of Freestanding Kitchens
- Freestanding Kitchens are perfect if yours is an old house with slightly wonky walls or if it has features like fireplaces, alcoves, windows at different heights or other interesting features.
- You can add to them as finances permit or more storage is required.
- They are versatile and freestanding units can be moved around, perfect if you can’t move house but know you’ll get bored with a fitted kitchen.
- Pieces can be finished in complementary but different colours or finishes, adding variety and interest to your design scheme.
- As the cabinetry is elevated from the floor on legs and the floor is visible underneath, it increases the sense of space within the room.
- Furniture items like kitchen dressers and plate racks add to the rustic charm of a kitchen while displaying your favourite pieces.
- Large floor to almost ceiling cupboards
provideample storage for foostuffsor most of your crockery. A large cupboard can act as a larder and has the added advantage of having a lot of the shelves at arm level, saving the need to stoop down.
- Having items on open shelves or hanging against the wall saves on space and means they are within easy reach – this is really handy when you need those items on a regular basis.
Disadvantages of Freestanding Kitchens
- Fitted kitchens are more streamlined but many homeowners are mixing fitted cupboards with freestanding elements such as plate racks and kitchen dressers.
- Having a plinth along the base of cupboards saves the job of having to clean underneath them. Some people may see the elevation of freestanding cupboards as a
disadvantagesfor that reason.
- Open shelves require more cleaning as dust will accumulate otherwise.
- As the look is one of variety and interest, it can be quite busy rather than relaxing.
- Fitted kitchens tend to have more worktop space.
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