Key Terms for Solid Wood Kitchens – Explained
When it comes to buying solid wood kitchens, there are many considerations to take into account. At Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, we aim to make the process simple and stress-free. If this is your first kitchen-buying experience, you might come across some terms that are unfamiliar. In our latest information guide, we provide definitions for a list of kitchen terminology that you may find useful.
A breakfront is a kitchen design feature, whereby a number of wood cabinets protrude forward from the run of cabinetry. This can enhance the look of your kitchen, and most commonly features a hob, oven, or display wall cabinets above.
A decorative trim fitted to the top of wall cabinets and full-height cabinets. Our cornices are constructed from solid oak and MDF that is covered in a real oak foil. The visible edge of the cornice is made from oak so that it can be cut as necessary. The MDF section on the rear makes it considerably easier to fix to the cabinet.
An end panel adds a decorative finishing touch to the end of a run of cabinets. Our oak end panels are available with either a smooth surface or tongue-and-groove composition, and are usually finished to match the rest of the cabinet fronts. These can also be added when there is a build-under oven or fridge at the end of a run of cabinet units.
A kitchen island is a freestanding arrangement of base cabinets and is usually positioned in the centre of a kitchen. Kitchen islands can provide additional work space, and sometimes feature a built-in breakfast bar.
A decorative trim fitted to the underside of wall cabinets. Like our cornices, pelmets are made from oak and MDF that has been covered in a layer of real oak. The MDF section makes it very easy to attach the pelmet to the cabinet.
When it comes to kitchen cabinets, the term ‘peninsula’ refers to an arrangement in which a short row of cabinets protrudes into the kitchen. The peninsula is attached at one end to the wall, or to the main run of cabinets.
Pilasters are columns of timber that are fitted between cabinet frontals. Usually they act purely as a decorative feature, though can also be used to disguise a small gap between cabinets where necessary. Ornate pilasters can be used to give the impression of hand detailing in a kitchen and suit more traditional interior styles.
A plinth is a long panel that is added to the bottom of base cabinets to hide the gap and cabinet legs beneath. This panel is sometimes known as a ‘kick board’. It is attached to the cabinet legs with clips.
A router cutter is a tool used to provide a variety of customisations to wooden worktops. Ball-nosed router cutters can be used to create hotrod grooves and drainage grooves. Straight router cutters are used for general worktop cuts.
Also known as a ‘service void’, the service gap is a concealed empty space behind cabinets that leaves room for pipes or wiring. Our standard base cabinets come with 75mm service gap, whilst standard wall cabinets come with a 10mm service gap.
A panel of glass or stainless steel, which is usually fitted at the back of a hob to prevent food splashes from marking the wall.
Wooden worktops are made up of staves. These are small sections of solid timber that are bonded together with finger joints and glue to form a robust work surface.
A narrow section of solid wood assembled using the same methods as our wooden worktops, which is fitted at the rear of the worktop. This can be installed as a decorative feature and also to disguise the expansion gap at the back of the work surface.
Our range of kitchen wirework offers a selection of wire basket storage systems that can be installed within our oak cabinets, optimising the available space and making it easier to access the contents of the cupboard.
If you are looking for inspiration, why not visit our kitchen gallery to discover a range of beautiful kitchens that have been created using our solid oak cabinets, wooden worktops and other accessories?