How To Make Fitted Kitchens Last And Last

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Since having a fitted kitchen installed is usually a major financial outlay for any family, it had better be a sound investment in a kitchen you can have for years. Achieveing this is often a matter of balance between quality and design, with design mattering more than you would think. Fashion is a strong force in many aspects of life, and fitted kitchens are not exempt from it. But quality is also of great importance.

For a kitchen to last long, there has to be a certain level of quality. The surfaces of a kitchen are the elements that take the hardest toll, so this is where quality matters most. Kitchen worktops should be strong and tough. They should be resistant to wear and frequent cleaning, and should also be easily maintained. Some materials demand that certain precautions are taken during use - they are permanently damaged from contact with hot objects like pots and pans coming straight off the stove. This is true for plastic laminate and some woods. Wood must also be kept mostly dry - even if it has a strong laquered finish. Stone and steel are much more durable and resistant to heat, dirt and water - but even they have their limits. They are also much more expensive than wood or plastic. Kitchen units doors are another type of surface in the kitchen. These are not subject to as much wear as a worktop, but are more in danger of receiving blows and dents. Also any water that might spill on the worktop, tends to flow down the doors at some point, so some resistance to water is necessary. Just make sure you choose a strong finish that will withystand years od daily cleaning, and you will be fine. Handles are what takes the most wear on the doors, so don't skimp on quality here. Stainless steel is the best material, as it keeps looking good year after year, with any wear hardly showing.

All that good quality hardly matters is the design is too short-sighted. It is easy to get caught up in a trend, something which seems incredibly exciting in the spur of the moment - but which fades away as fast as it appeared. A fitted kitchen is simply too expensive to be replaced every other year, simply because it looks boring or even embarassing to you now. To avoid this situation, go for a design which is perhaps slightly less exciting and cutting edge than what you really wanted. Aim for timelessness and a bit of discretion and subtlety; and you will find you can stand looking at the same kitchen year after year.

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