A comprehensive list of the various phrases kitchen designers use when describing key components and features within the kitchen.
Cad stands for computer aided design and your kitchen designer should give you a cad drawing in 3d or virtual reality of your new kitchen.
Fully Integrated is the term used for kitchen appliances that a hidden behind kitchen doors in order to give the cabinetry a more streamline look.
Splashbacks is a material that is placed behind the cooking and and sink area of a kitchen. It can be part of the kitchen worktops or in stainless steel or tiled effect.
Upstands are quiet similar to splash backs and are the strip about 100 mm in height and of the same material to the kitchen countertops which run along the back edge in order to protect the walls.
Plinth, kickboard, kickplate is the wood, usually similar to the kitchen colour that run along the bottom of the kitchens base units to hide the leg supports.
Carcass is the actual structure of the kitchen and the cabinets where items are stored. These come in a wide range of finishes, colours and wood varieties.
Built-in appliances the are built into the kitchen units and usually consist of ovens, microwaves, coffee machines and warming drawers.
Built-under is the term used for appliances that go below worktop height such as dishwashers and certain style ovens.
Flatpack is not a word that we like to use but it refers to the furniture having to be assembled by the person and will come in component form for the customer to assemble. Mass produced kitchens are supplied this way.
Cut outs are the areas of the kitchen where the hob and sink will be cut into the worktop surfaces. The kitchen supplier will carry out this unless specialist countertops are being fitted.
Bespoke refers to the kitchen being handmade specifically for the clients home and has no association with mass production. Lots of kitchen companies use this term while only a handful practice it in Ireland.
Inframe kitchen doors are where the door sits flush with a wood surround that is fitted to the kitchen carcass. While some companies use a butt hinge to hang the kitchen door from this frame it is also possible to mount a soft close spring loaded which will give the same inframe look without the appearance of the butt hinge.