Archive: October 2014

The many lives of your kitchen

October 22nd 2014 by .

In how many ways do you use your kitchen? These days, the kitchen is not just a place to cook. It has become the hub of the home, the place where everyone congregates and even in the smallest of kitchens, the functions are much more varied and interspersed with everyday life than they have ever been before. You may never have thought how replacement kitchen doors could actually allow your kitchen to become more than it currently is, but we think we have some great ideas that will make your kitchen the favourite room in the whole house.

All homes deserve a kitchen that fulfils more than one function

The place you cook

Well, this is very obvious. But with the addition of some very useful cupboards that are easy to keep clean, full of character, hard wearing and nice to look at, you could find yourself actually cooking in your kitchen much more than you do right now. Many people express frustration at their kitchen layout, how tired and dated it looks and how they don’t really like it – so a spruce up with new replacement doors could really bring it back to life and get you whipping up culinary masterpieces once more.

The place you eat

Even a small kitchen can have an eating nook or a breakfast bar. It is simply a case of creating an extended worktop with a cupboard or two underneath. For larger kitchens you can enjoy having an entire dining area which could include sideboards and storage areas made from replacement kitchen doors that match your kitchen units.

The place you relax

It might seem like sacrilege, but many people now have televisions in their kitchens. People are simply so relaxed in this environment and so happy with the feeling they have created that they want to build a family or personal space where they can relax with a cuppa over their favourite TV program. You could build a wall unit designed to house your television and shelving for books and add in a soft seating area with a sofa or armchair and really enjoy your kitchen all day long.

The place you work

Working from home has increased in popularity in recent years and many of these freelancers, mumprenuers and sofa surfers are working from the kitchen table or even perching themselves with a laptop at the kitchen counter. Your kitchen could easily become a useful, quiet and spacious study area. Dedicate one or two kitchen cabinets as being for work equipment and use the internal shelving for books, pens, papers and even gadgets like computers, printers and scanners. Being able to close the kitchen doors on all this stuff at the end of your work day is invaluable for your peace of mind.

The place for the whole family

Rather than just coming together for dinner time (and let’s face it that can be a rarity sometimes) it is important to have a place in the house where everyone is welcome at any time of the day. The kids may sit at the breakfast bar doing their homework while Dad cooks dinner, Mum might watch the news while the kids fill the dishwasher or Dad might catch up on some work while Mum and the kids argue over the latest batch of cupcakes.

Your kitchen should be a place for the whole family – somewhere that is brought together by a cohesive interior design and where you feel relaxed, clean, fresh and bright. All things that can be achieved by adding high quality replacement kitchen doors.

Kitchen Cabinets – Not just for the kitchen

October 8th 2014 by .

It is is very easy to assume that you buy new replacement kitchen doors for your kitchen cabinets – the clue is in the name, after all. But, if you are brave and want to make an impact throughout your house, you can use the ideas that come from high quality, stylish kitchen doors and translate them to almost any room in your home.

Kitchen doors are not only for the kitchen – try them elsewhere too

Our kitchen cabinet doors are made to last, come in all kinds of colours and materials and the styles are varied. So we know that they are great for using in all kinds of applications. In fact, we already sell our doors to use on wardrobes. But take a look and see where else you can use kitchen doors across your home.

Living room

Your living room will absolutely benefit from more storage (as most rooms do). You could use replacement kitchen doors to create storage units with a mixture of closed and open storage shelves and cupboards.  Perfect for that minimalist look and for somewhere to hide your CDs DVDs and living room gadgets. In fact, a bank of closed in cupboards in a high gloss will really bring the room to life, while hiding everything you don’t want to display.

Bathroom

You will see in many DIY stores and bathroom showrooms that built-in furniture in the bathroom is all the rage. These simple units usually have just one or two cupboards and are a great way to hide pipework, while providing extra storage space. You can also use drawers in the same way. Choosing high gloss is a great idea for the bathroom as it will be easily wiped clean of condensation.

Hallway

Many of us find that shoes find their way onto the hallway floor and never back into their correct bedrooms. Having a box or cupboard in the hall that is especially for your shoes, handbags, scarves and gloves is a great use of replacement kitchen doors. Just build the carcass to suit your needs, tell us the right sized door and we will do the rest.

Dining room

A dining room is very often an extension of the kitchen, even if it is in an entirely separate room. Using the same cupboard doors in the dining area will bring the two rooms together and create a feeling of cohesion throughout the home. Plus it provides the perfect spot for storage of your crockery and dining table accessories.

Bedrooms

As you already know, we do supply bedroom wardrobe doors in bespoke sizes, but your bedroom storage doesn’t have to stop at wardrobes. You can build bedside tables with small cupboards and drawers, above bed cupboards and even under bed storage with pull out drawers. It is all in your imagination and our door fronts are the perfect way to let those ideas take shape.

Study

A study can easily become the messiest room in the house – we simply close the door on all the papers, equipment  old stationary and books and hope it will magically reorder itself overnight. Of course, if you have the luxury of some great storage units in your study, this will be taken care of and the study will become a productive room once again. Your study can have shelving, closed cupboards and drawer units – all with matching replacement kitchen doors and drawer fronts.

We know that you are already sold on the idea of replacement doors in your kitchen – but we bet you never even thought about what you could do with the rest of your rooms. Now you have so many ideas – it will be new doors for every room. Luckily we have plenty for you to choose from.

Gloss kitchen doors – A step too far?

October 2nd 2014 by .

Modern trends can be one of those things that is either here to stay or will be but a blip on the landscape. When it comes to replacement kitchen doors – these blips happen all the time. Certain colours and styles are simply fashionable for a time and then fade away. Gloss doors may have been seen as being a modern fashion-led faze at one time in the not too distant past – but they have now well and truly found their feet and are here to stay.

Gloss kitchen doors can create a modern look that stands the test of time

Gloss doors in kitchens are now suitable for use with almost any style of door and in almost any style of kitchen. For very good reason they have stood the test of time and for more than a decade they have been used in kitchens as both a practical material and as a style statement. There are many reasons why gloss doors are a great material for your kitchen.

  • Gloss doors reflect light, making them ideal for kitchens that get very little daylight. This might be an internal kitchen, one that faces North or one that has only a small window.
  • Gloss doors can make your room looking larger. The reflective qualities of high gloss will add an extra dimension to the room, making it seem much bigger. This effect is especially true if you choose a lighter coloured door.
  • Gloss doors are really easy to look after. Matt doors and painted doors may sometimes get dirty and need updating. Gloss doors, however can be very easily polished clean and the surface does not allow dirt to sink in. For the most part a simple damp cloth followed by a dry polish is all that is needed. Window cleaner or vinegar will also work wonders.
  • Gloss kitchen cabinet doors come in a huge range of bright, light and attractive colours. Manufacturers have worked out that people who buy gloss doors often like stronger, brighter and more interesting colour schemes. Because of this, there are some amazing colours to choose from including reds, greens and even purple.
  • Gloss doors are easy to accessorise. A handleless door will always work incredibly well in gloss as it allows the material to do the talking. However, you can easily add great handles to your gloss doors using modern materials like stainless steel, chrome or even fancy shapes and materials like diamanté. Gloss allows you to let you wild side out.

How do I care for my gloss kitchen doors?

Many people fear buying gloss doors because they think that they will show every fingerprint and mark. This really is not the case. Gloss doors are actually very easy to keep clean and will actually repel certain spills and stains.

The key is regular cleaning and the use of a mild cleaner. It really is best not to use anything that may leave streaks or smears – this is why window cleaners work so well. They will dry clear – leaving the doors looking like glass. But a daily wipe over with a dry cloth to remove grease and general dust and dirt will actually do wonders. Once a week you might like to give them a more thorough cleaning.

The surface of your gloss doors is a highly reflective vinyl and this can sometimes be affected by heat causing it to bubble. Most cookers and appliances these days are very cool to the touch on the outside and should not affect your doors – but the use of a special guard may put your mind at rest. Especially if you leave your cooker door open to control the heat.

So as you can see, gloss doors are not a fad and they are not scary. They are in fact a great way to add a modern twist to your home with a material that really will last and last.

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