A successful kitchen refurbishment should be simultaneously exquisite and functional and nowhere are these two criteria more important, or evident, than with your cabinets.
Your cabinet layout will shape how you use your kitchen. Well designed kitchens have all the cabinets and storage you need and make good use of available space. However, designers of handmade kitchens will go that step further. They will consider how many pots, pans, plates, glasses, knives and other items you have and so their designs - and your finished cabinets - will be tailored to your exact needs. This will ensure that everything, from your best china to your spice jars, has its own home in your kitchen refurbishment and that all is easily accessible.
Cabinets are paramount to a good working kitchen design, but they are also a huge part of the finished look. They give kitchens their character and should reflect both your personality and style. Here, handmade kitchens come up trumps again. With fitted kitchens, it is a case of finding the best match for you and your home from a handful of catalogues, whereas with handmade kitchens, your cabinets will be individually designed and handcrafted for you.
When you first start thinking about your kitchen refurbishment, you should consider all of the options available to you. Do not automatically shy away from colour, or glass-fronted cabinets - you may be surprised by what you are drawn to when you give it a chance. Also, knowing what you do not like can be as useful as knowing what you do. Of course, your options are greater with handmade kitchens; think embossed patterns, real wood veneers and beyond. Regardless of your final decision though, be sure to ask for material samples so you can see the finish for yourself and be sure of its quality before you commit.
Above all, do not rush your decision if you can help it. Whether you opt for fitted kitchens or handmade kitchens, the right cabinets will pave the way to a kitchen refurbishment you will enjoy for years to come. But, on the flipside, the wrong cabinet choice will see you falling out of love with your new kitchen all too soon.