The history of the kitchen
Civilisations as far back as the Greeks and Romans had relatively well-equipped kitchens – or at least the wealthy among them did. The centre of all early kitchens was an open fire, which was the only way to heat food until the 18th century. Poorer people would not have had a separate room for cooking. In fact, during the Roman Empire, common people in cities often prepared their food in large public kitchens. Technological advances during the era of industrialisation brought many changes to the kitchen. The first iron stoves, which enclosed the fire completely and were more efficient, appeared around 1800. Gas and water pipes, then electricity came soon after. The first electrical stove was invented in 1893, but it wasn’t until the 1930s that the technology was stable enough and began to take off. Since then, kitchens have become more and more high-tech.
What furniture is found in a kitchen?
In traditional, homely kitchens, you’ll find a dresser and a sideboard. Most kitchens have a wine rack. If a home doesn’t have a dining room, there’ll often be a dining set in the kitchen too.
How to choose your new kitchen furniture
There are five important questions you should ask yourself when buying new furniture for your kitchen:
1. What style is the rest of your kitchen? Traditional or modern? What colour are your cabinets and other fittings? You’ll want to make sure your new furniture fits in.
2. What do you want your new furniture to store? PineSolutions’ dressers and sideboards provide great extra storage for things such as crockery, glass wear and cutlery. And wine racks are the most efficient way to store bottles, especially if you like to keep quite a few in the house.
3. How big is your kitchen? PineSolutions’ kitchen furniture varies in size to suit every space. For example, our sideboards range from this small Mayfair oak cabinet, to this large Newhaven sideboard, while our dressers vary in size from this small contemporary oak dresser to this large dresser from the Canterbury collection. You must bear in mind that pieces of furniture that are too big will take over your kitchen, or might not fit.
4. Do you want to, or are you able to, assemble your kitchen furniture yourself? We have fully assembled, part assembled and flat pack kitchen furniture.
5. How much do you want to spend on your new kitchen furniture? PineSolutions has pieces to suit all budgets. This sideboard and this dresser are great value, while this elegant wine rack and this stylish sideboard are great for those with a larger amount to spend.
How to look after your kitchen furniture
To keep your kitchen furniture looking its best, clean and protect it with good quality beeswax. You should also keep your kitchen furniture away from strong sunlight and take care not to place it in front of, or next to, a radiator. The heat might cause it to shrink, loosening joints and veneers.
Kitchen furniture assembly guide
If you choose flat pack kitchen furniture, here are our top tips for assembling it yourself:
• Lay a blanket down on the surface you’re going to use to assemble your furniture to prevent scratching and damage to both the surface and the furniture.
• Take all the pieces out of the packaging carefully and lay them out. Make sure you have everything you need before you start.
• Only try to assemble one item of your kitchen furniture at a time.
• Lay out the various panels and identify each panel with a post it note, indicating left/right/top/bottom.
• Lay out your tools – hammer, screwdriver, etc.
• Get to work!
If you don’t want to, or are unable to, assemble your flat pack kitchen furniture yourself, we recommend Flat Pack Amigos, who have furniture assemblers nationwide.