The Zero Stress Guide to Kitchens


What You Need To Know Before You Buy a Kitchen

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Fitted or Free-Standing Kitchen?

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  • Follow your heart – not fashion
  • Fitted kitchens maximize space
  • Free-standing kitchens can be taken when you move

Both types of kitchen have their supporters so, as with most aspects of style, the choice boils down to a matter of taste and personal preference. Don’t be swayed by other people’s opinions, though – you’re the one who will be living with this kitchen so you make the decisions.

A fitted kitchen does make the most of the available space, as the built-in units hide all the difficult corners while still being accessible for storage purposes. There is a vast range of units – whether flat pack, rigid or bespoke – to suit every taste and every pocket. It is often suggested that a fitted kitchen will add value to your home but it is not always the case – many house purchasers make it their first job to rip out an existing kitchen and replace it with one that exactly matches their own tastes!

A free-standing kitchen enables you to create a more individual and informal look – you can mix and match furniture and units to give you precisely the ambience you prefer. It is also more flexible, allowing you to make adjustments to the layout if you need to – or if you just fancy a change. However, it doesn’t use the space as efficiently as fitted units. Bear in mind, too, that any space beneath furniture on legs may be awkward to access for cleaning purposes. One advantage is that you can always take the furniture with you when you move – although that might make it more difficult to sell your home!

Free-Standing Kitchen



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