The kitchen is where the whole family gathers. Women are treated to delicious soups and pies, men and children talk about their day. This is the coziest and warmest place in the house, so it is very important that the kitchen has comfortable and beautiful furniture..
Features of the choice of models
The kitchen is the focal point of life in the home. Housewives prepare food here, tea with friends and girlfriends, family breakfasts and dinners are held here. At the same time, great importance is attached to furniture sets.. When choosing kitchen furniture, it is important to take into account the general concept in the interior, convenience and practicality, a harmonious combination of decor, as well as the parameters of the room and the location of the windows.
A feature when choosing is both the personal preferences of the owners and the size of the family. For a family of 2, there is no need to buy a lot of chairs and sofas. But for a large family in the absence of a dining room, it is worth taking a closer look at large dining tables..
By design and purpose, kitchen furniture can be: upholstered, folding, wicker, built-in, cabinet. Upholstered furniture is a variety of corners and sofas. Choosing a similar option, you need to clearly determine the size and future location. Collapsible furniture consists of chairs and folding tables. Chairs of this type are distinguished by high backs, hard or soft seats. Collapsible tables will serve as an excellent solution for a small apartment. The ideal solution for “Khrushchev”.
Wicker structures are a great option for spacious country house kitchens.. Wicker chairs, sofas, tables and shelves create a sensual and cozy atmosphere of nature. For small rooms, you should choose a kit with care. The main thing is that it does not clutter up the space and fit into the general concept of the room..
A built-in set is usually located in niches and has no roof and side walls, only shelves and partitions. Cabinet furniture is the main component in the interior of any kitchen. This headset includes wall and floor cabinets, bedside tables, tables, dressers, pencil cases and cupboards..
Many people dream of high quality premium kitchen furniture. Luxury furniture is made from just a few types of materials. By far the best and most environmentally friendly option is wood.. The most expensive furniture means carving and inlaid facades. This furniture gives the impression of luxury and wealth to its owners. Genuine leather is often used as upholstery.
Interesting and stylish options are offered by the Ulyanovsk company “Trio”. A bar counter or a huge countertop for culinary feats, different materials and tones will please the discerning owner. Kitchen models with a bar counter are very popular. This is a good choice for a small kitchen when it can be used in place of a dining table..
For small kitchens, designers have developed special furniture – a transformer. Due to this type of design, you can not only save space, but also use it extremely rationally. Create a cozy and harmonious space. Folding tables that turn into a shelf and folding chairs will not take up much space in a small kitchen.
Modern kitchen furniture standards imply that it consists of elements – modules. It is important to think over each kitchen element and its purpose. In a small kitchen, all the elements of the kitchen set are installed along one line, and the table and chairs, on the contrary. For square rooms, it is worth choosing furniture that will be located at an angle or on both walls opposite each other. It is worth choosing this or that option, taking into account the design, functionality and harmonious combination with the interior. Modern furniture has pull-out mechanisms, hidden handles and the ability to install built-in appliances. Famous suppliers of kitchen furniture are Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Russia..
Types of materials
A set of kitchen furniture includes a dining table, chairs or stools, cabinets, facades for built-in appliances, wall panels. In addition, there are sofas, a bar counter, a sideboard or a chest of drawers for dishes, special places for storing wine, spices and bulk products.
In order for the kitchen to look decent for a long time, it is necessary to pay special attention to the material from which it is made. Currently, kitchen furniture is frame or built-in. The range of modern materials is so great that sometimes consumers find it difficult to choose. Consider what kitchen sets are made of and what material is preferable.
- The main part of the furniture of the middle and economy class is made of laminated particle board. Modern characteristics indicate that it is a fairly durable material. Facades for kitchen sets are made of laminated chipboard. For facade cladding, veneer and polymer coatings are often used. Often, in the manufacture, they also use a finely dispersed fraction (MDF). In terms of quality, it is better than chipboard, but also more expensive.
- Solid wood is the most expensive material for making headsets. Often, such wooden furniture can only have a frame or a facade, and the rest of the parts are made of MDF. This is due to the expected large temperature differences in the kitchen. Natural wood facades are often subject to deformation due to such temperature fluctuations..
- Another material classified as natural is multi-lamellar wood.. It is a composite material made of thin veneer and hardwood. These plates are stacked together in different directions, and then glued together. The material has good strength and moisture resistance. Furniture made of furniture boards is also popular. It is a sheet wood and is an environmentally friendly material. It is mainly used for making kitchen units and cabinets..
Thanks to the high-tech style fashion, you can find kitchen sets with an aluminum profile and glass surfaces. Very often found in this version of furniture and glass. It is commonly used in the design of kitchen fronts and decorative shelves. Serious attention should be paid to fittings and avoid cheap options. It will ennoble and create a mood for the entire kitchen set. A good option would be chrome-plated handles, legs that are adjustable in height and special mechanisms that ensure smooth closing of drawers.
The kitchen table, chairs and sofas should be purchased after completing the renovation and determining the style and color of the kitchen set. The table top can be made of solid wood, stone, MDF or chipboard, which are covered with plastic or foil. An interesting solution would be a glass tabletop. Tables and chairs should be nice and safe. It is desirable that they do not have sharp corners, they are easy to clean and do not slip on the floor covering.. Rattan chairs should be preferred to upholstered furniture and decorated with beautiful pillows or natural wood, for example, alder.
New furniture made of wood is very strong and durable, it serves for decades and after such a period of operation it has an excellent appearance. Tables and chairs made of wood are great for Provencal and classic styles. Rattan is also a natural material and, despite its low weight, it is very durable and lightweight..
Often the countertop is additionally covered with thick glass to maintain its appearance for a longer time. Glass is a material that does not visually overload the kitchen space.. Glass can be transparent, frosted or with a pattern applied to it. It is worth choosing metal legs for such a tabletop. Such materials fit perfectly into the interior in the style of minimalism or high-tech. The disadvantage of this material for the kitchen table is its excessive soiling; such a tabletop must be monitored more carefully.
Laminated chipboard is the cheapest material, but it will also last for a short period. You can choose a table with an imitation of any texture, but you need to be prepared for the fact that soon chips or bubbles from moisture will appear on it. Another type of material for kitchen tables and chairs is veneered MDF.. It is very durable and in its technical characteristics is not inferior to wood..
Stone countertop can be a focal point in any interior. In terms of operation, they are very durable and almost impossible to damage them. The tiled table is an interesting but rare example in the kitchen. If you combine the walls and the countertop and lay everything out with one type of tile, you get an interesting solution in the interior. Such a table is very easy to clean with any cleaning agent..
Wicker furniture is very lightweight and suitable for spacious rooms. It is necessary to place glass on top of the wicker table, which will protect the material from contamination. For wicker chairs and sofas, you will need special soft seats or regular small pillows. A rather original solution is forged furniture. Such chairs and a table are more likely to be appropriate in a suburban interior than in an apartment building. Kitchen furniture items can be made of various materials, the main thing is that they fit into the overall concept.
Choosing a style and color scheme
It is important that all furniture is combined with each other and fits into the interior of the kitchen. The kitchen set, table and chairs should be chosen after the completion of the main renovation. When the installation of the kitchen unit and appliances is finished, you can choose a place for the rest of the furniture.. A wooden table and chairs are perfect for a classic kitchen. The main criteria for this direction are the harmony and naturalness of all materials used..
For this style, it is worth choosing soft tones, flowing lines, patterns or stained glass on glass and focusing on elegance. Kitchen furniture in a classic design can be distinguished by simplicity and elegance, or, on the contrary, by an abundance of finishes and gilding. For the case, as a rule, wood or MDF is used. When designing a kitchen space, it is extremely important to choose a single color palette..
If the furniture is made in light colors, then the stove and other kitchen appliances should match and be in the same range. Dark classic furniture combined with light wallpaper looks very stylish. Classic style doesn’t always mean wenge or bleached oak furniture. It can be caramel, blue, light green or lilac. For light kitchen furniture, I often use glass or mirrored doors that emphasize the volume of kitchen furniture. A massive sideboard with inlaid walnut will become a real decoration of a spacious kitchen.
Art Nouveau kitchen furniture is characterized by geometric and clear lines, smooth surfaces and almost no decor. Fittings in this style do not attract attention and can be recessed into furniture. Kitchen furniture in this style can be made of both natural and artificial materials. Often, transparent and frosted glasses, built-in lamps and backlights are used in the manufacture. There are absolutely no restrictions for modern kitchen furniture. It can be orange, red, green, black or white.. Modern wood kitchen furniture is a compromise between classic and Scandinavian style.
Modern minimalist interiors will perfectly complement glass tables with translucent plastic chairs. For a kitchen-studio, a bar counter will serve as a good solution, which will help to zone the space and will not take up much space. A high-tech kitchen includes furniture made of glass, metal and plastic. For the kitchen, this style may seem too uncomfortable and cold. Most kitchen sets come with curved fronts, and the table and chairs are made of glass and metal. It is great for people who love purposefulness and maximum free space. For furniture in this style, the presence of bar counters is inherent, and the dining area can be located in the middle of the kitchen.
For a narrow 5 sq.m. country-style furniture is perfect for kitchens. It is perfect for a large family who value comfort and coziness.. In the manufacture of this furniture, wood, cork, stone and even straw are used. Strict and clear lines, the absence of bulky decorations, but this kitchen furniture is decorated with many little things. If space allows the owners, then the dining table must be wooden and decorated with a lace tablecloth..
Wicker chairs and a small sofa will serve as additional elements. Furniture colors are mostly brown, orange or sandy. In such an interior, narrow pencil cases, colorful curtains and tablecloths look good. If the owners want something unusual and the standard kitchen furniture modules do not suit them, then you can always contact the furniture salon where the designers will help you find the best solution..
How to do it yourself
Homemade furniture is not a bad decision with skillful hands or limited financial resources. The manufacturing technology of kitchen furniture is not very complicated.. At the very beginning, you will need a diagram of the entire room with the dimensions of the width, height and desired dimensions of the furniture. Designing a future kitchen set is worth prior to purchasing consumables. Then you should calculate the cost of the necessary materials and tools..
It is also important to consider some points. For example, the stove should not be located more than 2 meters from the gas pipe. It is better to make niches for a washing machine or dishwasher closer to the water supply. In addition, an additional socket is required for them or an electric stove. When making a scheme for wooden furniture, it is worth considering what material the frames, facades and countertops will be. Which part of the shelves will be open and which part will be under the glass.
Correctly save space in a small kitchen will help to use the space under the windowsill to place the dining area or countertop. It is important to buy the necessary accessories, on which it is better not to save. For cabinets, hinges and closers should be of good quality. DPS or MDF sheets to the required size can be cut in any construction market for a small fee. Kitchen furniture assembly always starts with straight cabinets.
On the side walls, you immediately need to fix the rails for the drawers, then adjustable or ordinary plastic legs are attached to the cabinets. The back wall will be laminated fiberboard. The assembly of wall cabinets is carried out in the same way. When the prefabricated part of the facade is ready, you can start installing it.
Considering the parameters and features of the kitchen, it is worth starting from the side cabinet and in the corner kitchen from the corner one. After adjusting the lower tier in height, hanging cabinets are attached. They are hung on a steel rail and connected with a special tie so that there is a one-piece structure. The distance between the cabinets must be at least 60 centimeters. If linoleum is spread on the floor, and not tiles, then additional support for the kitchen furniture is needed.
Then a hole is cut in the countertop for the sink and the countertop is fixed. If the kitchen model is angular, then it is necessary to connect the ends with special metal strips. In a small room, the kitchen is simple and goes in one strip.. A special skirting board covers the hole between the countertop and the wall. Install the sink, stove and hood.
To update a boring headset, a self-adhesive film or paint would be a good option. A more decisive step in the renewal of kitchen furniture will be the replacement of facades. Old furniture elements can be replaced with wood or chipboard facades. It is better to paint a summer kitchen made of chipboard or drywall with paint. The job description is not so complicated, the main thing is attentiveness and perseverance. Making wooden tables and chairs also doesn’t take much time. It is better to cover finished pieces of kitchen furniture with a special varnish or paint..
Examples of interesting interior design
Today, the kitchen is the true philosophy of the house, a reflection of the taste of its owners and certainly the heart of the entire living space. Modern housewives pay special attention to the design of the kitchen space as a whole.. Design projects imply a competent arrangement of kitchen furniture so that it is as functional as possible.
Non-standard kitchen furniture always looks stylish and attractive. For a summer cottage or a country house with a round room and panoramic windows, a wooden kitchen located in a semicircle would be an excellent solution. A large worktop and many drawers in the lower tier make up for the lack of wall cabinets and maintain a sense of airiness. A round wooden table on one leg and high-backed chairs will support the overall concept of the kitchen. Another great solution for a summer residence will be kitchen furniture in the style "provence", sky blue. A large chest of drawers will complement the kitchen set and accommodate a large number of various little things. It is better to place a huge dining table in the center of the kitchen, which will create a pleasant atmosphere of comfort when the whole family gathers at it..
For a small kitchen, Provence style furniture is also an ideal solution. Light-colored furniture and bright accessories in the form of curtains, napkins and potholders will create an additional feeling of lightness and comfort. Even in a small kitchen, you can place a sufficient amount of furniture with a competent and rational approach. For a small kitchen in "Khrushchev" you can find decent options. A set of cherry color in the “modern” style will look stylish and original. An excellent option would be to use the space by the window as a work surface. In such a kitchen with a bar, instead of a regular table, a small family of 3 people will fit.
For lovers of everything unusual, you can use Chinese paintings or decorate your kitchen furniture semi-antique. In some interiors, deliberately aged furniture looks especially impressive. The decor depends on the taste preferences of its owners.. Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese and Russian kitchen furniture manufacturers offer a huge number of all kinds of options.