When buying a new kitchen you should be familiar with this terminology. It will help you to understand more easily what professionals are talking about.
Your current kitchen frustrates you so much, as a result you made the decision to invest into your dream kitchen. The excitement to solve your problem immediately is so strong, that you want to get started. With this in mind you started to do some research. Following you get hit with terminology you don’t know anything about.
For this reason I’ve created this ultimate guide. Learn about common terms of this industry to help you along with your plans.
KITCHEN GLOSSARY – What do these terms mean?
Cabinet related terms
Base Unit/ Base Cabinets | Directly on the floor installed cabinetry without a countertop. In this image the base cabinets are black.
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Door Profile | Patterned shape on the front of the door or drawer. In this image we see classic shaker style doors.
Kicker/ Plinth | The recessed area at the bottom of base cabinets. There is also decorative plinth available.
2PAC is a paint finish that can be applied to cupboards, doors and drawers. And it is made up of paint and a hardener and it is available with different shine levels
Benchtop related terms
Cantilever | Large overhang with no visible means of support.
Waterfall End/ Slab End | Where the side edges of the benchtop extend to the floor.
Edge Profile | The edge of a benchtop are different profiles available.
Hardware and appliances related terms
Integrated Appliances | Where the cabinet door becomes the door of the appliance. The fridge and dishwasher are popular to use as integrated appliances.
Lazy Susan | It is a functional corner cabinet fit-out. The shelving is in a particular shape, so it’ll rotate out and in of the corner cabinet.
Soft Close | It is a mechanism which stops doors and drawers from slamming shut.
Trim Kit | A frame around an appliance, e.g. microwave to make it look like an in-built appliance.
Sink related terms
Undermount Sink | A sink installed underneath the countertop.
Inset Sink/ Topmount Sink | A sink installed on top of the countertop.
I hope this is helpful. Happy reading!
P. S. Recently, I put together a guide on what you need to know about kitchen sinks. It seems straight forward, but you do have a few options in regards to materials, form and functionality. In case you’ve missed this one, follow the link here to read the full two part guide.