The Differences Between A Fitted & Freestanding Kitchen

There is a large misconception in kitchen fitting that everything needs to be bolted to a wall or floor and stuck there until you decide to go a full extensive kitchen re-fit. Well, as we said - this is a big misconception and there are actually alternatives to a fully fitted kitchen. Whether you would like to include some elements of a fitted kitchen or none at all, there are options available to you.


The most popular option for those who don’t wish to commit to a fitted kitchen is the freestanding kitchen style. Instead of securing cabinets and cupboards to walls and floors you can make use of freestanding furniture and surfaces to create your kitchen. Whilst it might sound like a strange concept, it’s a very feasible method to create your kitchen. It allows you the freedom to move and rearrange your kitchen as you wish. Of course, this does have its limitations, more permanent features are going to be harder to move like the location of the sink, but this is unavoidable without taking extensive plumbing work on.

There is a huge range of different freestanding cabinets available, from counters to shelving and even cupboards - there is something for every purpose. With so many different options available on the market there is also a style, budget and even material to suit your personal needs and preferences.

Fitted & Freestanding

For people who like elements of both styles of kitchen, you can have the best of both worlds! With a fitted kitchen in certain areas to make the most of difficult areas like corners and to maximise storage. You can then couple this with more fluid elements like a freestanding kitchen unit where most of the cooking preparation and socialising can happen. The problem here often arises in trying to find the styles you want matching across all of your kitchen and within your budget. But again, there is a way around. Instead of finding the perfect match you find something that contrasts with the other elements. This can be a great way to add a splash of colour or a new design style that can transform the look and feel of a kitchen. It’s also a way to add additional functionality to your kitchen that otherwise wouldn’t have existed if the kitchen was solely fitted or freestanding.

Fitted Kitchen

When you think of a normal kitchen, you probably think of a fitted one. With high-quality cabinets lining wall and floor, it’s recently become the new standard of both traditional and modern kitchens alike. One of the biggest benefits that come with a fitted kitchen is how well space is used. This is especially important in homes where space is at a premium anyway. With efficient and clever storage systems the norm in fitted kitchens, there is always a way to discover new areas that can be utilised. Fitted kitchens can range from more traditional looks that rely on wooden decor, to much more modern and contemporary designs with glossy seamless cabinets and integrated appliances to truly maximise space.

So no matter what you need from a kitchen, whether the room you have is big or small, regardless of style choices, there is a way to get a brand new kitchen for your budget. Maybe you prefer the efficiency of a fitted kitchen or the flexibility of a freestanding or you’re indecisive and want the best of both worlds. If you do lean towards the fitted kitchen lifestyle, make sure to get in touch with our expert team who can guide you through the options available to you.

Posted on: 10th June 2019

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