Councils for the selection of kitchen furniture. Photos of the best kitchen sets in interior design.
What is a kitchen set?
Kitchen furniture should not just be beautiful, it should be functional. If you work with an experienced designer, then you should not worry about anything: armed with your wishes and tastes, needs and preferences, he will create a design of furniture for the kitchen, which will be custom-made for individual sizes.
But the current situation is such that not everyone can afford to use the services of a professional designer. Therefore, many take the situation under control and decide on the purchase and placement of kitchen furniture on their own.
What you need to know about kitchen sets, if you started a repair with your own hands?
Assembling a kitchen set can be of three types:
- The most expensive kitchen furniture, in particular, Italian and German, is delivered to the buyer in any corner of the globe in ready (that is assembled) form.
- The kitchen furniture, average at the price, comes to our country in a disassembled form, after which it is assembled and delivered to the customer in an authorized production (subsidiary, representative office or franchise) in the assembled form.
- Economy class kitchens are delivered unassembled to the customer and assembled on site.
As a rule, manufacturers disclaim responsibility for improperly assembling kitchen sets. Therefore, if you do not hire special workers, your claims may well be rejected ..
In order for the kitchen set to suit you, kitchen furniture is not one huge and multifunctional item, but a multitude of various modules from which you can assemble exactly what you need. For example, kitchens can be with a sink in the corner, or with a sink in the middle of a room. Kitchen modules suggest a solution for the first case, and for the second.
The smaller the step size of the module, the more expensive the kitchen will cost.
In order not to leave ugly gaps between furniture and walls, modules should fit perfectly into the size of your kitchen. If it is not possible to purchase a kitchen to order according to individual sizes, it makes sense to “try on” modules from different manufacturers, with different step sizes.
Equally important is the size of cabinets for built-in appliances.
Remember, they are purchased only after all the equipment is in stock! Otherwise, you will not select furniture for appliances, but vice versa (for example, choose a refrigerator, focusing on its size, and not its function).
|Standard equipment||60 cm|
|Narrow technique||45 cm|
Despite what modules your kitchen will consist of, all kitchen sets have elements of similar function, which are conventionally called lines.
The bottom line represents all the elements of the kitchen unit at the bottom. As a rule, this is the storage area of everything:
- Not presentable
- Not regularly used
The bottom line is also referred to as base. It is cheaper to make the bottom line with opening doors. But this is not always convenient, especially in a small kitchen, since the distance between all pieces of furniture should be sufficient for the doors to open fully.
Sliding doors, like wardrobes, require space on the sides of the module, which is also not very convenient in terms of space organization.
Drawers are considered the best option, which help to cover at a glance all their contents.
This includes all work surfaces:
- Cutting table
- Cooking zone
- Oven (more convenient if it is at eye level, not below)
The top line in the kitchen set includes wall cabinets. They are both visually and functionally smaller. Top cabinets conveniently located on the level. It is recommended to keep here what should always be at hand and quickly be:
To visually make the top line lighter, some lockers can be replaced with open shelves. However, everything stored on them must be kept in perfect order.
In order not to stumble upon open doors with a forehead – use vertically opening mechanisms: both save space and nerves.
An alternative to dividing the kitchen into upper and lower lines can be vertical column cabinets. As a rule, they are a design for the entire height of the kitchen: from the floor to the ceiling. In such cabinets it is convenient to store both household appliances and products (especially if these are “strategic” stocks of groceries). But it will be good to fit into the interior of such furniture only in a spacious room, in small kitchens it is better to refuse.
Kitchen items and materials
In a properly mounted kitchen, the ends of the modules should not be visible. Therefore, by and large, no matter how they look. But what should be paid attention to is the facade. Since they are a kind of “face” of the kitchen, their part of the total cost of furniture is very significant.
The more original facades, the more they will cost you.
Facades can be made from:
- Particleboard / MDF
Glass is most often used for the upper line of the kitchen set, because, thus, it becomes visually easier.
All decorative items also have their price. The more of them – the more expensive the kitchen suite will cost you. However, this may not always be convenient from the point of hygiene, since the soot and fumes deposited on them will become an excellent breeding ground for bacteria.
Smooth facades of saturated colors will be the perfect solution for any kitchen.
The functionality of the tabletop directly depends on what material it is made of.
Laminated chipboard is the most affordable option. However, such a tabletop will serve you from the strength of ten years, after which it will have to be changed. Particular attention should be paid to all joints: they must be well processed. Otherwise, water can get inside, from which the tabletop can start to rot.
Stone countertops are considered the most practical. Natural stones are quite porous and tend to accumulate water. The tabletop made of artificial stone is more practical from this point of view, but experts do not recommend putting anything hot on it.
Professional chefs prefer stainless steel worktops. They are easy to clean, do not absorb water, their appearance does not particularly deteriorate during operation. But the aesthetics of such a tabletop is conditional. It would rather fit into a high-tech or minimalist style than into a romantic Provençal cuisine.
As already mentioned, in the properly assembled kitchen – the ends of the furniture are not visible, so their appearance is not so important. Practicality is more important.
Chipboard / MDF modules are not designed for reassembly. Having collected such a kitchen once – it is better not to disassemble it (even in the case of a move!).
But sometimes it happens that the ends are visible. In this case, you can install special end cupboard cases that will smooth the right angles of the main modules. If you care about the price, then remember – shelves without doors will cost less than closed canisters. Also, the price depends on the shape: semicircular cabinets are more expensive than triangular ones.
Linear layout assumes that all modules of the kitchen unit are lined up in one strict line. It is very convenient for narrow and elongated kitchens. Moreover, with such a plan, not one person can work in the kitchen, but several at once (which will significantly save time and effort, for example, during the preparation of large family celebrations).
Corner kitchen sets are very practical, because everything necessary for cooking (all functional areas) are located in close proximity to each other. It is very important with this arrangement of doors and drawers, because it is desirable that they interfere with each other as little as possible.
If your kitchen is wide enough, the corner kitchen set can be replaced with a U-shaped. The kitchen corners and dining tables will most likely not fit into this layout , but the kitchen itself will become an exclusively functional work area.
When U-shaped layout, it is desirable that the apron covers it completely, and not partially.
The only layout option that cannot be used for a small kitchen is the island layout. It requires space so that you can move freely from the “island” to the “island”. And which functional islands can stand out – see the photo below.
Technical equipment of the kitchen
The built-in appliances in the kitchen include:
All this can be hidden from the sight of curious guests by elegant cabinets from the general ensemble. However, under the technique is best to make furniture to order and only after it will be directly available.
To your kitchen served you as long as possible, it is desirable to equip it with a hood. Thanks to the hood on the furniture will sink a minimum amount of grease and dirt. And so that the hood is not knocked out of the general ensemble – it can also be masked by hinged facades.
Filling drawers and cabinets
Special dividers, coasters and other “devices” that can be placed inside kitchen modules are often not included in the kit. Traditionally, kitchen modules are equipped only with bare shelves, and everything else has to be bought separately. Ideally, at the same time as the headset. To some extent, this fact is somewhat depressing. But on the other hand, you can always organize storage space exactly as you personally need it.
Kitchen set in different rooms
5-6 square meters
In the kitchen of no more than six square meters it is better not to clutter the space with cabinets for appliances. Also it is necessary to abandon cabinets, columns in favor of wall cabinets and a pair of thumbs in the bottom line.
8-9 square meters
In the kitchen from eight to nine square meters, except for the linear kitchen set, it will be good to look angular or insular, in which the dining area is separately allocated. In this case, the kitchen will not only fulfill its intended purpose, but also serve as a small dining room or a place for friendly gatherings.
12-15 square meters
This space is quite enough to accommodate a kitchen set of any layout.
The less detail – the better! The kitchen set in this case must necessarily include cabinets for built-in appliances. And the function of a bright and stylish accent may well take on the apron. Recommended materials for kitchen furniture in the style of minimalism:
- Tree (without decor)
The kitchen set, stylized as furniture of the last century, is today one of the most popular trends. But everything should be in moderation! Including original parts.
For this style, the ideal material will be wood. It is better to refuse exotic wood species in favor of those characteristic for your area.
And here it is just the opposite – the most exotic tree species and rich bright colors will be appropriate. The main thing is to endure everything in a single theme.
Kitchen set for a small kitchen
- Choose furniture of rounded, smooth shapes.
- Prefer light materials.
- Instead of swinging doors, it is better to use drawers and vertically opening “accordions”.
- Do not weight the kitchen with excess decoration on the facades.
Individual kitchen set to order
Kitchens to order – the perfect solution for modern apartments. It is not necessary to create a kitchen set “from scratch”: many modern manufacturers offer to make a kitchen according to existing designs, but with individual sizes.