What are built-in kitchens and how are they installed?
might think that all kitchens are built-in, but in reality, this term refers to a very specific
subset of designs that do not need a wall to be affixed to, as they
are self-supporting structures, created to fit tightly into a
specific space. This makes them suitable for literally any size or
shape of kitchen, including smaller areas and they commonly include a
great deal of clever and innovative storage, as well as integrated
generally advisable to hire a professional cabinet fitter to fit a built-in system for you, as measurements will need to be
precise, as will any remedial fixing work, but whoever completes the
task will usually follow this schedule of works:
everything on hand, before you begin. You will need to make
adjustments with everything in place, so do not begin until every
cabinet has been accounted for and your worktop has arrived.
the wall cabinets as the first task. This will give you a good idea
of the fit of your kitchen design, while also giving you a level
line to work to, for your worktop and lower cabinets.
your base and full-height cabinets next, working to the level that
the high cabinets have already set. If your wall isn’t technically
even, your fitter will need to make adjustments so that the final
installation looks right, to your eyes.
the worktop and don’t forget to use a spirit level.
and install your drawers and all finishing touches, such as storage
shelves and organisational systems within your cabinets.
are the benefits and downsides of choosing a built-in kitchen?
designs are, seemingly, the perfect choice for anyone that wants
modern kitchen cabinets in their home and while there are a huge
number of advantages to these innovative kitchen designs, there are
also some downsides. You need to have a rounded impression, before
you commit to any particular idea, so we’ve put together a list for
you to check.
are easier to install and give an integrated look.
appliances are a natural choice and lead to a beautifully blended
designs tend to blend into the background more easily and are
custom-designed to fit your space perfectly.
kitchens can be created in any style or colour.
appliances, such as coffee machines, can be added to built-in
kitchens to look contemporary, rather than bulky and in the way, on
top of a counter.
smaller versions of standard kitchen appliances can be chosen to
open up more storage space.
elements, such as pop-up socket towers, increase functionality,
without negating any valuable counter space.
costs associated with integrated appliances are usually
significantly more than freestanding options.
any repairs or maintenance be needed in the future, built-in
kitchens can prove more troublesome to navigate.
might find it difficult to keep upgrading your appliances, if you
like to stay ahead of the curve and on-trend.
kitchens are, in basically every way, significantly cheaper to
design, install and maintain.
cabinetry can take a lot of time and cost a lot of money.
How expensive will a built-in kitchen
The materials that you select
for your kitchen units will, naturally, have a huge impact on the overall cost of your
project. If you are determined to have a stylish and modern kitchen,
you might find yourself being tempted by popular, fashionable
materials, which always come at a premium, but even classic varieties
can be costly as well. The following are some popular inclusions for
– a hardwearing, easy to clean and cost-effective cabinet option.
wood – perfect for custom carpentry but expensive, depending on
the wood chosen.
counters – timeless, elegant and very expensive.
tile backsplash – cost-effective, pretty and easy to install.
hardwood – cheaper than Mahogany and other popular woods, but
still a stylish option.
– a beautiful and natural option that is a cost-effective
alternative to marble.
about adding some seating?
kitchens usually seek to integrate dining furniture into the space as
well and there are a lot of ways to do so, without compromising on
available space. Some seating options that you might like to consider
stools, up against a counter, which can also be a breakfast bar.
seats make fantastic use of available space, especially those
located in bay recesses.
seating offers maximum seating with a retro and funky twist. Perfect
a contemporary solution to kitchen seating, how about a hinged
table, which mounts to the wall, and folding chairs? As an added
bonus, these installations look really arty on the wall, when not in
I have cabinets for built-in appliances?
you are choosing a built-in kitchen design, it makes perfect sense to
go the extra mile and create cabinets to conceal your frequently used
appliances. They have a number of benefits and potential pitfalls to
size of your fridge can will have a huge impact on your entire
design, so design the cabinet around this item FIRST!
are not generally the most attractive of appliances and take up a
lot of kitchen counter space, so building them into your cabinets is
a great idea. They can look like an extra oven.
a specific cupboard for your toaster, so you can quickly hide it
away after use.
build on your neat and ordered look by always storing small
appliances, such as blenders, out of sight.