Kitchen Accessories

Kitchen accessories cover a wide range of kitchen items and for us the core items that are not strictly essential, but can really make a difference to your cooking experience and of course the design of your kitchen are warming drawers, cooker hoods and splashbacks.

What is a Kitchen Accessory?

Kitchen accessories will complement your kitchen design and help improve functionality and enhance your cooking experiences.

Do you Need a Cooker Hood?

In April 2006 building regulations in England came into force. This new enforced law states that any new kitchens built from that date on must have extract ventilation fitted in order to meet the regulations. This is explained in The Building Regulations 2010 – Ventilation Part F

Extract ventilation reduces condensation produced from your cooking, reduces the risk of mould and of course cooking smells. However, it isn’t always possible to install a cooker hood to extract air to the outside via ducting (a pipe that draws and extracts the air outside), especially if you live in a flat, apartment or terrace house.

What are extraction alternatives to extract ventilation?

If it is not feasible to install an extraction cooker hood the alternative is a recirculating cooker hood. These work by extracting the condensation, grease and odours from your cooking into a filter (usually a carbon filter) where they are cleaned then extracted back into your kitchen.

Splashbacks

Splashbacks are frequently used in kitchens and placed behind hobs to protect the wall behind the hob from cooking splashes and potentially heat damage.

Splashbacks are extremely popular not only to protect walls but to enhance the aesthetic appearance of your kitchen design. With a wide range and choice out there to choose from we recommend that you consider the overall design of your kitchen and if you would like to draw attention using colour, texture or maybe your countertop.

You could choose from:

  • Glass
  • Mirror
  • Pressed materials such as metal
  • Stainless steel
  • Brick wood or even
  • Copper.

Warming Drawers

Warming drawers are great if you have the budget, the space and of course you are going to use them. Their main purpose is to keep your crockery warm before service

Warming drawers are also if you have a household with family members coming and going at different times as you can also use them for keeping plated meals warm for short periods of time.

One of the biggest attractions to incorporating a warming drawer into your kitchen design is if you are someone who likes to cook and entertain guests for dinner parties. You can pop your starters in while you finish your garnish and also use them for proofing bread.

We’ve done the research to help you choose the best items for your kitchen.

If you would like further information on the various kitchen accessories that can enhance you kitchen and cooking experience we have a few guides to help you:

Cooker Hood Guide

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