By Martin Hart on Fri 06 March 2020
With spring comes new ideas for refurbishment, and this month at Hart Wholesale we're focusing on the kitchen, as this room is probably the most used in every house. We have talked about making general plans and fitting the sink, but what about the cabinets? They provide space to keep both food and utensils and at the same time shape the style of the whole kitchen. Here we have some tips that will help you impress your clients!
Preparation. The first step should be laying all the cabinet pieces on the floor so you have an idea of what you're working with. Keep them in their plastic covers, though, to avoid scratches or any other minor damage.
Glue. It's definitely a good idea to glue the cabinet joints as you're assembling them so you give it extra sturdiness, even when they are going to be bolted on the floor or the wall. Nobody likes accidents!
Levelling. If the kitchen has a level floor, consider using a single even platform instead of individual sets of legs for each cabinet. This will help to level them and will save you time and effort. And you'll make sure the cabinet contributes to the general harmony of the kitchen.
Alignment. If you are putting the cabinet on the wall don't screw it tightly until you've made sure that the adjoining cabinets are aligned to it. This would save you time when you make a mistake - because this might happen, nobody is perfect, so better be prepared!
Easy on the dowels. These are delicate creatures. Use a small hammer to put them in place and remember that a light tap should be enough - or you'll end up damaging their ends.
Be Safe. When you're drilling holes, check for electrical cables and water pipes to avoid any disasters. Use devices such as a pipe and power detector to make sure you, your client and the kitchen are all risk free.
Save space. Usually kitchens have tricky corners which don't seem to fit a cabinet as big as your client may need. In this case you might suggest magic corners to them. They can store twice as much as any cabinet while keeping everything inside organised. Carousels do the same thing, and their curved design makes them perfect to fit in the most challenging angles.
The importance of details. There are small things you should also consider when assembling the cabinets as they can be essential to the satisfaction of your client. Hinges come in a variety of sizes and designs depending on their purpose, so make sure you are getting the right hinge.
Also, keep in mind that handles have to fit the general style of the kitchen. Is it vintage? Modern? Classic? Minimalistic? There are also two choices regarding handles or knobs: both serve the same purpose but make sure you ask your client to establish their personal preferences. It's also worth to ask them what they are using each cabinet for before deciding on the kind of drawers you might be fitting inside. Plastic is a safe and clean option to keep food whereas baskets can be very affordable and ideal to store accessories and implements.
Cabinets can make a kitchen look beautiful without losing their functionality. We know you want to make your clients happy, and we can provide you with a complete catalogue of kitchen fittings where you can find everything you need to assemble that perfect cabinet. Contact our team today and we'll be delighted to help!