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HANDLELESS KITCHENS

Kitchens are the beating heart of the home, where friends gather and while away evenings in the warm glow of candlelight, families come together to debrief their days over delicious dishes and opportunities to relax, bake and host come in abundance. Designed to combine style with function, it can often be challenging to enjoy your kitchen when there are flaws that disrupt the flow. From stained countertops and broken drawers to stuffed cupboards and handles that snag on the clothes of innocent passers-by, silent cries to update your kitchen are hidden in plain sight. As we welcome a new season, what better time to breathe some fresh life into your home and uncover the true potential of your kitchen than now? Have a look below at some of the benefits of our elegant handleless kitchens and discover if it’s just the thing your home is asking for.

Reasons to be cheerful

Handleless kitchens present vertical surfaces that are flush and smooth, silencing your curiosity as to where that little bruise came from – the kitchen being a fast-paced environment where traditionally you bash against a handle but rarely acknowledge its effect at the time.

The knock-on effect of not having handles is that your kitchen becomes a free-flowing space which allows you to dedicate more time to the task at hand. Consequently, your stress levels will decrease.

Without fiddly handles to negotiate when cleaning surfaces the time spent on daily kitchen maintenance diminishes. Fingerprints and the inevitable spill can be wiped away with ease. The result is also more satisfying to the eye.

More information

There are three options that come under the handleless umbrella. Firstly, there is ‘true handleless’ – where the rail is routed into the cabinet and fixed onto the carcass. As such they don’t have an outward handle.

Secondly, there is the ‘j-pull’ option. Here, the handle is integrated into the door or drawer at either the top or bottom, depending on where it’s built-in and accessed. It’s a less popular choice as “true Handleless” has taken over in both affordability and design.

Thirdly, there’s the ‘tip-on’ choice which means that all of your drawers and cupboard doors open via an instinctively reversed hand movement, relying upon a concealed element – either a mechanism, rail, or camouflaged handle – to open and close. Instead of pulling, you push upon a flat surface and as if by magic the door/drawer will open. All very clever.

Functionality vs aesthetics

Choosing which of the three options to go for should be one of your first points of consideration when picking a new kitchen. Ultimately, it’s down to personal preference on what you think looks good and the style of kitchen you’re opting for, or so you would imagine. Thinking cap on.

There are some practicalities that may play a part in your decision. Even within the category of handleless kitchens, you may find that the size of the internal space you’re hoping to kit out will impact and dictate your choice. We would be happy to intervene at this juncture and help you weigh up what will work best within the space.

Some pros and cons of each system

The ‘true handleless’ lends itself to those with bigger hands or sport longer nails due to the hand space available. Rails are available in a variety of metals ranging from stainless steel, copper, brass, graphite and white metal or even timber which can be painted to match the rest of your kitchen. On the other side of the coin, to achieve more clearance for hands there are some space and design restrictions.

The ‘j-Pull’ variant offers the most cost-effective choice. Layout options are endless, which combine with finishes and designs to give you a wide choice. It is highly adaptable and therefore suitable for any size kitchen space, and as the ‘handles’ are integrated into the doors the overall space taken up is minimised. On the downside, the depth of the handle pull isn’t that great so as opposed to the ‘true handleless’, it’s not ideal for those with big hands. A little bit more cleaning may be required as the grooves will collect dust and sometimes worktop debris.

With its sleek appearance the ‘tip-on’ has the most benefits. The open and close mechanism is an internal fitment allowing you to maximise storage space. It possesses the most efficient means of accessing the contents of your drawers and cupboards and as there’s no handle recess there are no shelves on which dust and grime can collect. As a consequence, it is the more expensive of the three options. It takes a bit of time to transition from units that open traditionally but this is overcome with use.

The negative points are small and ultimately inconsequential in the grand scheme of your kitchen. The crunch point is which of the three options to run with.

Here to help

As a company that has installed many handleless kitchens, we’d be happy to advise you, so you can book your appointment with our team to design your handleless kitchen. Check out the offer page to see what’s on offer and how you can save money.

 

 

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