Fitted or Freestanding - Choosing the right installation

The word bamboozling isn’t often used in the English language. It is, however, quite possibly the only word that fully describes the choice between a freestanding kitchen and one that comes fitted into the structure of a room. Each option comes with pros and cons that should be carefully weighed up when modelling a new space. After all, the kitchen is probably the most important room in the house when it comes to the appliances it houses. Unless you’re on a raw-food diet, the chances are you’ll need an oven, a fridge and suitable storage; it all sounds a bit much but the foundations are fairly simple. You just need to first understand which style best suits your needs.

The benefits of a fitted kitchen

Walk into a typical modern day house and it’s probable that you’ll stumble across a fitted kitchen. These have become more popular as people have become increasingly concerned with integrating the style of their kitchen with the overall theme of their home. Because they’re effectively part of the room, they visually blend with their surroundings - melting away and leaving room for other pieces of furniture to stand out. Likewise, it’s often easier to create a bespoke kitchen that follows a consistent design aesthetic; with features such as built-in attachments for blenders, food processors or wireless charging, easily incorporated into counter surfaces.
It’s a widely circulated and often believed myth that fitted kitchens cost more than the equivalent freestanding styles. While this may have been true in the past, the rise of dedicated kitchen design firms means this is simply no longer the case nowadays. It should be noted that it can cost a little extra to repair appliances due to their inaccessibility and increased functionality; however, if you take care and purchase high-quality units, these situations should thankfully be few and far between.

Making the case for the freestanding kitchen

A freestanding kitchen reflects the kind of person that uses it - a free spirit. The main joy of this style is the flexibility it affords, able to transform a functional chef’s abode into something quite different. From a party space, an impromptu cocktail lounge or simply an extra dining space, the possibilities are endless. These kitchens are great for more traditional homes where characterful features such as uneven walls or original beams may make a fitted kitchen difficult to install (or just look out of place).
The mixing and matching of furniture and appliances adds charm and a unique style to any home, plus means that items can be switched in and out more easily than a fitted kitchen. The main downsides are in regards to the appliances that can be installed. Items such as dishwashers will take up more space as they often can’t be hidden under counters and advanced modern features may also be lacking. The upshot is that maintenance is generally easier and, as such, freestanding kitchens are sometimes cheaper to maintain than their equivalents.

The final verdict

In conclusion, both styles of kitchen are great choices, it just depends on your personal preference. It is important though, that your kitchen reflects your personality, style and values; forming a hub where people will want to spend time and enjoy each others company. With this in mind, enlisting expert designers is a fantastic way to create your dream kitchen, tailored to your specific needs. Just remember it’s entirely possible to combine the features of both, creating a bespoke room full of features and flexibility. Who said it had to be bamboozling?
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