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Getting a handle of the situation

Handle Board Collection One

It's quite often those little finishing touches to a kitchen that move it from being good to great, and kitchen door handles are no exception when it comes to finishing touches.

Whilst many consumers often leave choosing their handles to much later down the line, the truth is that the early, and correct selection of handles is paramount to the style your customer is wanting to achieve, and should be considered at length before making any final decisions.

There are many handles on the market, some that are better suited to certain styles and decors.

The use of long, wide bar and rod handles are a popular choice for modern kitchen designs and contemporary finishes, whereas more traditional kitchen designs may look to use a traditional door knob or something with a hammered finish to give it an aged, rustic appearance.

Bar and rod designs are perfectly suited to the ultra chic modern designs we see on the market today, and also offer a practical benefit too. Their design helps to spread the load of the door and make opening and closing much easier when compared to opening with a smaller door knob, this helps with the modern designs which we are now seeing using wider doors and drawers to what had traditionally been carried out.

If you're aiming to produce a traditional design however, you won't need to forsake practicality for aesthetics as there are many bar style handles available in superb hammered and weathered finishes that not only give a rustic and traditional feel, but the functionality that consumers now expect from a newly installed kitchen.

And what if you can't find a handle design to suit? There is another option that consumers are opting for more and more - no handles at all!

There is a variety of handle-less doors on the market at present that offer concealed handles known as 'J Pull', which integrate a recess into the board of the door which then acts as a concealed handle. For those wanting an even more minimalist look, there is also door hardware that allows kitchen doors to open simply by pressing the face of the door, which then automatically opens the door for you - no handles required.

If you're struggling for ideas to suit your next kitchen projects handle requirements, why not visit our handles range online.

Edge Banding Explained

3D style ABS edging tapes - Designed to give a glass effect finish to panels and doors

Edge banding for panel products and doors adds not only a functional aspect to the door in terms of durability and protection from moisture and scratching, but also provides a beneficial aesthetic quality which can often be used to compliment the design of any kitchen or bedroom furniture piece.

Wherever edge banding is being used, it offers highly durable results that furniture makers throughout the UK can rely on. Whether it's being used for a piece of furniture for a home office, kitchen, bedroom or bathroom, there are multiple options available that can suit almost any type of application, so we thought we'd provide a quick overview of some of the materials available, and how they can be used to achieve a quality finished product.

The most popular types of edge banding tend to be PVC, ABS or melamine edge banding. These are all suitable for common household applications such as kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, but offer different levels of quality, durability and price points.

PVC Edge Banding

Probably the most popular type of edge banding, PVC edge banding is a highly durable option for sealing the exposed edges of boards that have been sawn to specific dimensions for custom furniture installation. It can also be used for either straight or curved applications, meaning it is highly versatile and suitable for a number of uses.

PVC edge banding is available in a number of colours, styles and sizes, all of which suit the wide range of board and doors available from HPP. Differing thicknesses are available for most ranges too, allowing a different design and aesthetic to be achieved depending on personal preference. Common thicknesses start from 1mm and work up to 2 and 3mm options also.

Melamine Edge Banding

Still a popular option, mainly due to its cost effective nature and ease of application, melamine edging is available for a wide range of board and panel styles. Whilst less durable than PVC edging, melamine is perfect for less heavy duty applications such as home offices or bedroom furniture where usage is infrequent and budgets are more constrained. A wide range of sizes, colours and finishes are available, and many can be simply heat applied to the sawn edges of melamine board leaving a clean, neat and tidy finished appearance.

ABS Edge Banding

ABS Edge banding is also ideal for a wide number of applications including kitchen applications where exposure to heat for sustained periods is likely. The product is resistant to heat and very flexible, meaning it can be used very close to hot ovens and hobs without distorting or peeling. It's flexibility means it can also be easily used for curves or custom shapes within any furniture design, making it a useful tool for intricate one-off furniture projects.

The product is also popular as it is eco-friendly and easily disposed of, meaning its impact on the environment is typically less than other equivelent products on the market. It is also robust enough for many commercial applications such as toilet cubicles, shop fit-out and retail displays.

Like the other types of edge banding, the ABS range is available in a wide variety of colours, sizes and formats, meaning you're sure to find the right product for your furniture design.

If you need advice on which type of edge banding is most suitable for your project, why not get in touch with one of our product experts who will be happy to help.

Bespoke Kitchen Furniture - Making it happen for your design

Blue Acrylic Duo Bespoke Doors.

Creating the perfect kitchen and living space often comes down to a clever design that helps each area of the home work together in harmony, without any awkward transitions or junctions that makes the spaces feel separate. This is one of the biggest reasons that demand for bespoke integrated kitchen furniture is becoming so popular within the industry, and often demanded by the consumer.

We're now seeing combinations of fitted furniture in living spaces that mimic the materials used within the kitchen design. This can often be a seated breakfast or dining area that joins onto the kitchen space, or something as simple as a country style dresser or entertainment unit; all of which would be made from the same materials as the kitchen in order to create a cohesive feel to the space.

With work and study playing a greater role in the modern UK consumers' lifestyle, integrated office and desk areas are also being incorporated into living spaces whilst being made out of the same materials as the kitchen to create one succinct, and well harmonised living space for the consumer to move through freely allowing them to feel truly at home.

The usage of styles, materials, colours and applications for fitted furniture varies massively from one design to another, as each is often built bespoke to how the consumer wants to live, and how they want the space to work for them and their lifestyle. With new materials such as precision embossed board and new innovative styles such as oak effect and mirror gloss, consumer demand is likely to increase thanks to the release of these innovative materials and finishes.

The concept behind bespoke fitted furniture is great for the consumer, as they don't have to buy off-the-shelf products that prevent them from using the space exactly how they anticipated. By going down the bespoke route, the consumer is able to specify to their kitchen or interior designer the exact format they would like, including storage, hidden compartments, design features, right down to details such as the type of drawer or hinge units that might be incorporated into the finished item.

The trend for fitted kitchen and living area furniture will undoubtedly increase as consumers are seeing this as a true progression of open plan living, and often value the ability to make one large space work seamlessly together, whilst still having well defined zones and areas that serve different purposes.

Buying Off the shelf doors - A look at the pro's and con's.

Opus High-Gloss White Doors

When designing any kitchen, installers, specifiers, designers and consumers have one of two options. They can either choose to go down the bespoke route and have their kitchen doors and cabinets custom built to their own sizes and specifications, or alternatively they can buy off-the-shelf doors, or stock doors as they're often known in the KBB industry.

With HPP recently launching our Avanti range of stock doors, we thought we'd look into the pro's and con's of both options so you can make the best decision when deciding on which route to choose.

The first thing to consider is your room. It might sound obvious, but this can quite often be overlooked. If your room is of a standard size and will accept standard base units, then it's highly likely that stock doors would be suitable for your kitchen layout. New build homes are often built with this in mind at the design stage. If on the other hand you live in an older house or have a more awkward space to work with, you're more likely to find that you'll need bespoke made doors and carcasses that accommodate any oddities in the layout and make the most of the available space.

Once you've decided on your layout and how the space might work, consideration to your design aspirations needs to also be taken into account. If you're planning on using stock doors, there are some limitations to how wild you can go with your design. The Avanti range offers a stunning range of styles and decors that suit both modern and traditional tastes using 'J Pull' and Shaker designs, but if you're wanting to create a totally unique, one off look with your next kitchen, you may need to consider a more bespoke route, or combination of the two to achieve what you had in mind.

Another major factor when dealing with consumers is price. Many of our customers who are designers and installers often find that the available customer budget is one key limiting factors when specifying a kitchen. If this is the case, stock doors and flat pack carcasses are likely to be a more suitable choice, as they're a reasonable amount cheaper than custom made doors and can allow for money to be spent in other areas such as on quality worktops, wirework storage solutions or lighting.

A benefit of Avanti stock doors is that materials and finishes are of as high a standard to what you'd expect to see from bespoke made products. The new Avanti range uses precision embossing, which ultimately gives a real tactile feel to the board, creating the impression of real, natural materials as well as a sturdy 22mm core, giving the feeling of durability and quality.

Timescales for projects are key to any project and sometimes, bespoke kitchens and doors can take a while to manufacture. If you're on a particularly tight deadline, say installing a kitchen in a property development that needs releasing on the market within the next week or two, stock doors would be the way to go. Stock doors are available for same day collection or next day delivery, and can be bought with flat pack carcasses that are also available for same day collection too. This cuts out any potential lead-time that would otherwise be incorporated into a bespoke door and kitchen order.

One final consideration, and a key one with consumers now demanding more open plan living, is whether or not custom fitted furniture is likely to be required elsewhere in the home. If the consumer wants a bespoke country style dresser or office / desk area made from the same materials, consideration should be given to how this could be achieved, and whether stock doors and drawer fronts could be used again, or whether bespoke manufacturing would be required.

The decision of which door option to choose from is often dictated by the main points outlined above, as budgets, timescales, design aspirations, and design statements all play a pivotal role in which route is best suited to the project. It goes without saying that those with higher budgets or more awkward spaces are likely to require a bespoke route, but stock doors can often, and often do, satisfy a growing demand from a widening market within the kitchen sector.

Give it some curve appeal

Avanti Quadro Alabaster Grained Paint Effect Roomset

Curved kitchen carcasses help to soften the overall appearance of any kitchen design as they are pleasing to the eye and allow it to move around the space in a more fluid and comfortable manner. The demand for curved kitchen furniture has increased in recent years, in part thanks to improved manufacturing processes bringing costs down considerably, and also thanks to increased demand for a more natural look from consumers.

The curved appearance helps to compliment natural styles such as painted oak effect kitchen doors and wood grain effects, but similarly, yet somewhat surprisingly for many, also lends itself well to more contemporary looks such as high gloss units and clear, handle-less design.

An underlying driver to the success of curved furniture has to be the increase in open plan living. With one room merging into the next and being much more open, consumers have often found the traditional square edged kitchen a little impractical, and not as aesthetically pleasing as required for an otherwise streamlined look and feel.

By introducing curves, the eye is drawn from one area to the next effortlessly, giving the feeling of a much more open space, and one which flows and merges seamlessly, ensuring the rooms have a certain coherence with each other.

Curves also offer benefits in terms of safety, something that is key to family buyers. By removing potentially dangerous right angled edges and replacing them with curves, parents can be more confident that their children are less likely to have a nasty accident by hitting themselves on a sharp edge if they were to fall over.

Worktops have also developed considerably, and now offer some outstanding laminate and composite options that can be curved and shaped to your own kitchen design without any compromise. These can be used for breakfast bars and centre islands too, meaning you can complete the look of your kitchen without the need to install natural stone every time.

The future for curved looks promising as we see demand rise, and I have to say, the finished visual does work perfectly with most modern homes and kitchen refurbishments.

With other kitchen items catching up with the trends too, we're now seeing some stunning new products such as curved kitchen islands, kitchen furniture, sinks and other fixtures and fittings, all of which will help to support and develop an already popular segment of the market.

Handle-less Kitchens – An Overview

Handle-less kitchens used represent a fairly small portion of the overall kitchen market, but with more interest in contemporary living and modern design, consumers are turning to handle-less kitchens to help provide them with a sleek, modern look that is simple, appealing and fluid in its appearance.

But what options are available I hear you ask?

Well there’s actually more to handle-less kitchen furniture than meets the eye. The first thing to note is that many retailers or distributors refer to kitchens which have a moulded groove integrated into the doors design as handle-less, but this isn’t the case, that’s actually an integrated handle instead.

The way in which handle-less designs are implemented can be vastly different. The first, and most traditional method is where a channel above or alongside the reverse of the door or drawer is present, allowing the user to reach behind the door to open it. This ensures everything is concealed to the naked eye, but still allows easy access for the consumer.

For those who would prefer a slightly alternative method, there are always ‘push to open’ systems, which allow the user to push the door or drawer front that then allows for it to automatically open either by mechanical or electrical means. One of the most popular and robust systems currently on the market is the Blum range of door and drawer opening systems. These are easy to install and work great with most carcasses and door and drawer patterns. The electrical products also just plug straight into a standard 3 pin socket, making it quick and easy to integrate without the need for expensive electrical installation costs.

Most kitchen door and drawer styles from HPP can be integrated into handle-less kitchen design, but if you’re unsure of what your next project requires, why not speak to one of our sales team who will be happy to help.

Sliding Into Action – Glide Bedroom Doors

Sliding Into Action – Glide Bedroom Doors

If you were working in the trade 10 years ago, it’s likely that you’d have never expected to see the re-appearance of sliding bedroom doors, but it’s true, they’re back, and more popular than ever!

Whether people are looking for a traditional full mirror door, a Japanese style (multiple panels in the same colour) or a modern 3 paneled door with a narrow central panel, people just can’t seem to get enough of them.

There are many reasons for this come back which help to explain why demand has risen so much in recent years.

A major consumer benefit is the look that can be achieved. Sliding bedroom doors provide a much cleaner, more contemporary look than traditional door styles, which ties in with today’s consumer lifestyle and buying habits.

Space is also a key reason too. Sliding doors save valuable floor space, allowing it to be better utilised for other pieces of bedroom furniture or to simply provide a greater sense of space and openness.

Virtually any look can now be achieved using sliding doors, whether you prefer mirrored, glass or textured panels; any taste can be catered to.

Sliding bedroom doors offer great cost savings too, as they remove the need for fully fitted bedroom furniture, without compromising on storage space and functionality. The simplicity of supplying and fitting sliding doors is so much quicker than the traditional fitted bedroom, which helps to make it a much more efficient process for retailers and installers alike.

Sliding doors offer the trade much simpler design routes too. With modern computer aided design software, doors can be visualised in 3D, making it easy for consumers to see what their room might look like without having to do endless sketches and drawings of the room design and layout.

So for those who think sliding doors are a new fad that will disappear in a year or two, I’d have to disagree, as it looks like they’re here to stay!

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