For many of us, there comes a time where we finally admit our kitchen is ill-equipped to deal with our day-to-day requirements. If the heart of your home is no longer fit for purpose, it’s time to start planning your dream kitchen. It should look beautiful, function perfectly, and provide you and your family with everything you will need for years to come.
Researching every option is certainly exciting, but it can be difficult to pin down the best, most cost-effective choice. And while it’s obviously important to bear your budget in mind, you’ll quickly regret settling for a cheap off-the-shelf design that barely improves on your last kitchen. For a design that is sure to stand the test of the time, why not consider going bespoke?
What is a bespoke kitchen?
A bespoke kitchen is a made-to-measure design entirely unique to you and your home. This means every element is 100% tailor-made to your requirements, so you won’t be stuck with standard-sized cabinetry that doesn’t complement the space. With no limits, the creative possibilities are endless when it comes to kitchen styles and storage options. It also offers the extra excitement of knowing nobody else will have the same design as you.
We know that words like ‘bespoke’ and ‘made-to-measure’ can sound elusive and exclusive, but these kitchens aren’t necessarily always more expensive than off-the-shelf types. You’re actually likely to save money in the long run, as there’ll be no need to redesign in a few years.
Most importantly, a bespoke kitchen specifically fitting your space is an investment the whole family will greatly benefit from, making it more than worth the money in the long term.
Why buy a bespoke kitchen?
A bespoke kitchen which has been built to your exact specifications will ensure a perfectly comfortable fit. While standard cabinets and worktops are constructed to specific heights and depths, a made-to-measure design can be created around the dimensions of your kitchen, and adjusted accordingly. This may mean using reduced-depth cabinets, taller units, or even non-standard shapes. A customisable approach like this is particularly beneficial if you have a compact kitchen, unusual architecture, uneven walls, or awkward spaces to fill.
While many off-the-shelf designs heavily rely on cabinetry, a bespoke kitchen may look very different. For example, your space may even be best optimised by ditching some cabinets in favour of handmade spice racks, removable cutlery trays, slot-in chopping boards, crafted utensil drawers, and individually configured larders. Interiors like these look beautiful and add character to your kitchen, while also allowing you to store everything neatly and efficiently. All in all, bespoke designs make your kitchen a more pleasant place to be.
The beauty of a bespoke kitchen is that, within reason, you can include whatever you want. Every design is handmade to order, unlike off-the-shelf options where set unit sizes are pieced together to create a design that looks like it fits, but definitely doesn’t make the most of your space. You also have free choice when it comes to colour, whether you want on-trend grey cabinets, or a bold, bright pink island to complement paler units elsewhere. All of our kitchens are hand-painted on site, which ensures the chosen shade works well with the light in your space.
Our bespoke kitchens are hand-built to order, using quality materials and traditional joinery techniques. Every piece is created by skilled craftsmen in our Cambridgeshire workshop then installed in your home by experienced fitters. Our doors are set into hardwood frames and secured with sturdy butt hinges for durability, ensuring they’ll never drop out of alignment. While tongue and groove tops and backs give you solid cabinets with a 10-year guarantee.
We’re also members of The Furniture & Home Improvement Ombudsman, so each of our bespoke kitchens meets the organisation’s standards.
Choosing a bespoke kitchen means you’ll be working with some of the most skilled, experienced designers in the field. Even if you have clear ideas about how you want your dream kitchen to look and function – for example, a Shaker design with an island – you need a professional to turn your 2D dream into a three-dimensional reality. As well as understanding cabinetry design and space optimisation, they also have valuable knowledge on the latest materials, appliances and on-trend design solutions.
Our designers are happy to discuss your practical needs with you at length, and what you want in an ideal world. They will then explore what is and isn’t achievable, and suggest options you may never have considered without their guidance and expertise. Once you're completely happy with your bespoke kitchen design, they will be on hand throughout the process to advise you whenever decisions need to be made.
Ready to start designing the bespoke kitchen of your dreams? Visit your local Harvey Jones showroom or speak to one of our expert designers on 0800 389 6938.