“Do I need pilasters in my kitchen?”
Our latest ‘Question of the Week’ has been sent in by Tyrone in Ripon. Tyrone has come across an unfamiliar term for a component whilst designing his oak kitchen.
“I’m designing my new kitchen and I’m not sure what pilasters are for. Do I need pilasters in my kitchen or are they purely decorative?”
Thanks for sending such a pertinent question – kitchen jargon can be rather confusing, particularly if you don’t have the help of a designer!
A pilaster is a column that can be used to add aesthetic appeal. Traditional oak kitchens look great with decorative pilasters but there are plainer options available for a more modern design. Pilasters can also be painted or lacquered to suit your cabinet frontals.
Whilst pilasters don’t have a function – at least not in the typical sense – they can be used to cover small gaps where cabinets don’t quite meet. If gaps appear they will tend not to be evenly spaced, and people will opt to cover or fill small spaces with an end panel or frontal (or even something more practical, like a towel rail). This is purely personal preference, but often requires consideration because unsymmetrical pilaster spacing can look unbalanced.
Pilasters are relatively easy to fit, as our handy guide on fitting your own pilasters shows. Additionally – in case it’s of interest – we’ve also compiled a post that explains key kitchen terms; please do feel free to check this out if you happen across any other terminology that you are unsure of.
We hope this has answered your question, but if there is anything else we can help with, please do not hesitate to contact us again!
The Team @ Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets
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