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A kitchen full of sweeping curves can be a beautiful thing, a real design statement. The curves soften the space, as well as making it safer and more pleasant to use – say goodbye to catching yourself on sharp corners and edges! Curved kitchens can even be more social, getting everyone closer together around a round island or gently curving breakfast bar.
However, the practicalities of designing a curvy kitchen are tricky. In fact, designing anything non-standard in a kitchen space can be fraught with difficulties. Here’s our guide to avoiding design mistakes and creating the curvy kitchen of your dreams…
Finding curvy units
Think it’s hugely expensive to buy curved units and doors? You’ll be surprised at how many affordable kitchen retailers stock them as part of their ranges. They are usually more expensive than standard linear designs, but the finished effect can be worth it. This means you don’t have to get anything bespoke made unless you want to and have the money in the budget to afford it.
One of the easiest ways to introduce curves to your kitchen without having to get anything made bespoke is to choose a curvy island. These come in many shapes and sizes, from curved edges to completely circular units. If it comes as a standalone piece, worktops and curved doors included, and you have the space for it – go for it. This kind of island is best suited to an open plan area where there is ample space available. It creates a relaxed, social feel. You don’t need other curved units to have one either, as a round island works well next to a row of straight units along the back of a wall or even in the middle of an L-shape or corner of straight lines.
Matching worktops to curved units
One of the biggest design mistakes people make with curvy kitchens is to forget about the worktops when ordering the units. You may be able to buy curved edge units from most kitchen retailers and manufacturers, but not all have worktops to exactly fit the configuration you’ve chosen. This means that you’ll need to get bespoke units cut to fit by a professional kitchen fitter or joiner/carpenter. This can look absolutely stunning, but it is more expensive than buying worktops straight from a retailer. Make sure you either have room in the budget or order matching worktops at the same time as your units.
A curved room
Fitting curved edge units into a room with linear lines and angles is one thing, but finding units to fit curvy walls is a different challenge altogether. You’ll be incredibly lucky if you find an off-the-shelf option to fit your unusual space, so you will need to set aside some funds to get a bespoke option tailored to your room’s dimensions. If heading down this route, make sure you choose reputable manufacturers, designers and kitchen fitters.
A&J Kitchens have experience in fitting kitchens of all types in all kinds of weird and wonderful spaces – so get in touch if you need expert advice on creating your dream curvy kitchen.
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