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    What kitchen appliances are you thinking of using?

    This is one of the first questions any kitchen designer will ask you before starting to design your new kitchen.

    These are major decisions and will effect the overall look of your new kitchen, just as much as the colour of the presses or the type of cabinet doors.The type of appliances dictate the layout and design of your kitchen.

    Would you prefer freestanding or integrated appliances?
    A single oven, double oven or range cooker?

    Fridge and Freezer

    A standard fridge freezer is usually 60cm wide, but can vary. In the standard fridge freezer, the top part is the fridge and the bottom part a freezer. These come freestanding or fully integrated. There is usually a 70/ 30 split, so the bottom door comes from the ground up to the worktop and is roughly in line with the cabinet doors and the top door is a longer door that extends to the full height of your kitchen cabinets.
    Another option that comes in both integrated and freestanding is a full height tall fridge or tall freezer. These come in separate units. They have one full door and takes up the exact same space as a combined fridge/ freezer. We find people who take this option tend to use a full height integrated fridge in the kitchen often next to a larder unit and move the full height freezer into the utility room. This suits families as it provides great food storage for them.
    The American fridge freezer is the ultimate freestanding option. Available with or without a water cooler and ice facility. It seems customers either love them or hate them. They come in different widths and colours, so they can easily be designed into most kitchens.


    Traditionally there are 3 different kinds of dishwashers, freestanding, semi- integrated or fully- integrated. Also the more modern dishwashers can come as dish drawers.
    The freestanding dishwasher is the one everyone is familiar with. Where the controls are on the front of the dishwasher.
    The integrated dishwasher has a full kitchen cabinet door attached to the front. When you open the dishwasher the controls are along the top of the door.
    The semi- integrated dishwasher also has a cabinet door attached, but this door only covers 3/4 of the dishwasher, leaving a visible control panel along the top.
    The dish drawers are a newer product and are available in different layouts. These can come in one drawer or two drawers stacked on top of one another. Different wash settings can be used to each drawer i.e. one drawer can be washed while other drawer is being filled.


    People love the idea of a range cooker. They are used a lot in traditional style kitchens. You have your oven and hob all in the one space and a design feature is often made out of a nice range cooker.
    On the other hand, having an oven at eye level makes for very easy usage. The oven can be a double oven or a single oven or can even sometimes be two single ovens side by side at eye level. If this is the option you prefer then a hob also has to be placed into the kitchen design. The options they come in are electric, gas or induction hob.
    Built in ovens are 60cm wide as standard. While freestanding ovens vary from 60- 120cm, with the wider range cookers coming in sizes of 90, 100, 110 and 120cm (wide).


    When you have decided on your cooking options, you need to pick an extractor to remove unwanted steam and smells from your kitchen. An oven mantle is usually used above range type cookers. Kitchens with the modern look can have a stainless steel extractor or one of the various new stylish extractors that are on the market today. In the most contemporary kitchens an integrated extractor is hidden behind a cabinet door leaving it looking like a regular wall unit with no extractor visible.

    Sinks and Taps

    Lastly sinks and taps will need to be chosen. The type of sink you choose is usually determined by the work surface of the kitchen. Under mounted sinks are used with most stone type tops. Top mount sinks are used mostly with laminated tops. And a belfast sink are often seen in the classic traditional styles kitchens. Taps come in all shapes and sizes and functions with boiling water taps and cold water taps becoming more popular by the day.

    Think of the overall look you are trying to achieve with your new kitchen, then pick appliances to suit this look. You will find lots of options for each style.

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  • Kitchen Cabinet Door Types

    So you have decided on designing a new handcrafted kitchen, one of the decisions you will need to make is how you want the cabinet doors and drawers to look. There are lots of different colours and finishes available but in this post we are going to look at the most popular cabinet doors available.

    Shaker Doors

    Shaker style doors are known for their very minimalistic and elegant shape. Visually shaker style cabinet doors consist of five pieces of timber; four pieces create a frame with the fifth piece a flat panel used to make the centre of the door. Shaker style cabinet doors are highly appreciated due to their versatility, currently the most popular door on the market. They usually fit any design of kitchens, so you can’t really go wrong with shaker cabinets. We offer a few variations of a standard shaker door such as a stepped shaker door or a bolection mould added to the shaker door. The pictures below show the different designs.

    Raised Panel Doors

    Raised panel cabinetry is a popular choice for traditional style kitchens. The carved detail and depth of a raised panel create a timeless custom look that has never gone out of style. Completely different to the flat panel of a shaker door, where the centre panel rises to the thickness of the door frame.

    Slab Door

    The slab door is the most self- descriptive door type where one slab of wood makes up the entire door or drawer front. The slab doors tend to be used mostly on contemporary style and modern designs. However, lately, we have started to mix slab drawer fronts into our in-frame kitchen ranges.

    Glass Cabinet Doors

    These are usually a bit more expensive but yet a very good choice when you want to show off some decoration hardware in your kitchen. Hiding it behind the glass door keeping it dust free yet visible. Not all cabinet doors can be fitted with glass. Usually is it only the upper or even only part of the upper cabinets that look good with glass doors. Quite often we tend to insert spot lights and glass shelves into the inside of cabinets with glass doors to make a perfect display unit in your kitchen. The glass in the doors can be clear, coloured or opaque. While the timber frame can be a plain frame or can have glazing bars in any shape or designs.

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  • Choosing the style of your Kitchen

    At first glance some kitchen styles might look very similar, but looking into the smaller, more finer details they are actually very different as we will show you.

    Currently our most popular kitchen style would be our in-frame design. The in-frame style is defined by the way the door sits in flush with the surrounding frame. There are different types of frames that we use; a plain frame or a beaded frame. And there are also different door designs available. However the principle idea of having a solid timber frame wrapped around each door remains the same. In-frame kitchens are towards the higher end of the pricing due to manufacturing costs.  If it’s the WOW factor you’re after then one cannot look past these kitchens. In our workshop, we design and manufacture all components of your cabinetry to suit your own individual space.






    Our next option would be a typical ‘Lay on door’. While the in-frame is the most desirable, due to price point some of our customers return to lay on doors. The kitchen design and layout can be very similar for both options. Once fitted neatly some might find it hard to differentiate between the two.

    If you compare an in-frame to a ‘lay on’ kitchen, you will see that the doors on the ‘lay on’ sit directly on the front of the unit. We also fully manufacture all our ‘lay on’ kitchens to suit each individual kitchen.





    On a completely different scale, our modern kitchen designs are also selling quite well. The clinical look of high gloss acrylic finishes is a big hit with some customers. While others just love the clean lines of a handless kitchen. We offer endless colours in dead matt to ultra high gloss. Contemporary kitchens are best described as modern and minimalistic. The designs include horizontal lines, symmetry and a complete lack of mouldings or traditional details.





    At the moment, people seem to be going with shades of greys mixed with woods, usually oak or walnut. Slightly changing over the last few years from the whites and creams.  Karl Cullen Fitted Furniture customers are reassured by the fact that all our furniture is custom made in our factory, with customers welcome to come and view their project at any stage during the manufacture of their cabinetry.

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