The popularity of incorporating curves into a kitchen has grown dramatically over the last 5 years. However, as beautiful as kitchen curves look, they don’t come without their disadvantages. Unfortunately retailers can sometimes forget to mention the disadvantages of curves to customers & it is for this reason that I have written this blog.
Advantages of kitchen curves
They create a softer warmer feel to a kitchen
The absence of sharp corners creates a much softer & warmer feel to a kitchen.
They promote flow
When a kitchen joins on to a dining/living area, the absence of corners helps blur the distinction between the areas and promotes flow.
curves are safer than corners
Curves are more child friendly than sharp 90 degree corners.
Disadvantages of curves
Curves are very expensive. On average, each curve in a kitchen design will add an extra £400 to the total price of the cabinets. So, for a large L shape kitchen with an island, if you have curved units on the island, end of each run & one internal curve, you’ll need 7 curved units. This will add about about £3,000 onto the cost of the units.
So, if the design cost say £8,000 without curved units, with curved units it will cost about £11,000.
Poor for storage
Standard units have a substantially higher storage capacity than curved units. Therefore, the more curves you have the less storage space you will have.
No longer exclusive
When curves first came out, only the more exclusive kitchen showrooms offered them. Therefore, only a privileged few had a kitchen with curves. Nowadays almost every retailer offers curves, even retailers at the bottom end of the market like Wickes, Homebase & Howdens sell them.
Could go out of fashion
Curves are a trend. It maybe the case that this trend will continue long into the future, just like the trend for shaker style kitchens that started 30 years ago has. However, there are no guarantees. 5 years ago wood effect gloss doors were all the rage. However, the trend has since moved on to wood effect matt doors, meaning gloss doors now look dated.
Curved end panels – a viable alternative?
If you really like the look of curves but want to keep the cost down, why not choose curved end panels instead of curved units. Curved end panels cost substantially less than curved units &, like curved units, soften the overall look of the kitchen. Below is a picture of a curved end panel.
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